Mayor Lisa Merkel

Mayor Lisa Merkel Together we can put Herndon on the map as a model of 21st century hometown living, a next generation small town. Preserving our History. Shaping our Future.

I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama and come from a close-knit, working-class family whose strong values and open-minded view of the world shaped who I am today. With the help of Pell Grants, I worked my way through school and, in 1995—when I earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Auburn University—I became the first member of my family to graduate from college. I moved to the DC area with my husband, Dave, an Air Force officer, in the fall of 1996. We fell in love with the area and after Dave’s tour of duty was up we decided to make Northern Virginia our home. I was working for Fairfax County Public Schools and Dave soon went to work in the private sector. In 2002, we fell in love with a Victorian farmhouse in downtown Herndon and moved in that spring. From the beginning we enjoyed life in the Town of Herndon: the homecoming parade every fall, fireworks from the backyard on the 4th of July, and walking downtown to enjoy Friday Night Live, Jazz at the Ice House, wings at Jimmy's and slices of fresh bread at Great Harvest. In 2001, I was selected by then Governor Mark Warner to serve on Virginia's Partnerships for Achieving Successful Schools initiative and worked on a year-long partnership with a Richmond elementary school, traveling monthly to coach teachers and provide on-site language arts professional development opportunities for the teachers and staff at the school. In 2002, I graduated from Virginia Tech with a Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in literacy, and I moved from the classroom to become a Title I Reading Specialist. I am still so very proud that my classroom work was featured in the book, Shared Reading for Today's Classroom, and materials and teaching strategies I developed are still being used in literacy professional development courses throughout Fairfax County. When our children were born, I took a leave of absence from teaching to become a stay at home mom. I joined the Herndon Homes Tour Committee, and I became more involved in Town issues. First elected to Herndon Town Council as Vice Mayor in 2010. Elected Mayor in 2012, and re-elected in 2014 and 2016.

09/14/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Hey #Herndon - Fall Clean up is ON!!!!

Fall Clean-up is ON -October 21-23
herndon-va.gov/mytrashdays

Thank you for your service!!  💪🏻 👮🏻‍♀️ #HerndonPD
09/12/2020

Thank you for your service!! 💪🏻 👮🏻‍♀️ #HerndonPD

On this #NationalPoliceWomanDay we honor all of the women who serve to keep their communities safe. We recognize the amazing women who do that for Herndon: Chief Maggie DeBoard, PFC Denise Randles, Corporal Lora Nicholson, Officer Lucy Scott, and Officer Kelsi Scaiefe. 💙👮🏽

Back when I added “Mom, Teacher, Mayor” to my campaign materials, I never thought I’d be doing all three at the same tim...
09/10/2020

Back when I added “Mom, Teacher, Mayor” to my campaign materials, I never thought I’d be doing all three at the same time, but here I am killing it! 🤣 #2020 It’s Day 3, FCPS, we can do this!!!! PS - those kiddos are now a JUNIOR and 7th grader. How time flies!

Happy Back to School, #FCPS!  We've got this!  And teachers - you ROCK!  Thank you for all that you're doing to make thi...
09/08/2020

Happy Back to School, #FCPS! We've got this! And teachers - you ROCK! Thank you for all that you're doing to make this work! I'm in awe!

Labor Day lunch w the fam! Actually getting cautiously excited about back to school tomorrow.....
09/07/2020

Labor Day lunch w the fam! Actually getting cautiously excited about back to school tomorrow.....

Have you ever noticed how many red barns there are throughout downtown #Herndon?  This Is a fun article about a lot of h...
09/05/2020
Remembering Herndon's History: Preserving Old Herndon

Have you ever noticed how many red barns there are throughout downtown #Herndon? This Is a fun article about a lot of historic structures around town!
https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-preserving-old-herndon

https://patch.com/virginia/herndon/remembering-herndons-history-preserving-old-herndon

Two buildings within the Town of Herndon date back to the 1700s and many others were constructed from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s.

#school2020 #orientation @just_a_minute_123 #HMS @herndonmiddleschool
09/01/2020

#school2020 #orientation @just_a_minute_123 #HMS @herndonmiddleschool

Looking for a fun walk around downtown Herndon? Here ya go!
08/25/2020

Looking for a fun walk around downtown Herndon? Here ya go!

Get out and explore historic downtown Herndon. Thanks to the Herndon Historical Society for creating a walking tour guide.

08/17/2020
Herndon is Open!

#Herndon is open for business!!!!

Official Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

Be sure to support local Herndon businesses!

I truly hope humanity wins in November.
08/13/2020

I truly hope humanity wins in November.

Our Police rock!  Thank you Herndon Police Department, Chief Maggie Deboard and all the Fairfax first responders for bri...
08/12/2020

Our Police rock! Thank you Herndon Police Department, Chief Maggie Deboard and all the Fairfax first responders for bringing a little joy to these kiddos at a time when they really need it!

Chief DeBoard and Officer Depoto joined Fairfax County Fire & Rescue and Fairfax County Police Department SWAT to drop by and visit kids in the hospital. Our heroes wanted to let the kids know THEY are the real heroes.

Mayor Lisa Merkel
08/12/2020

Mayor Lisa Merkel

I am honored to be recognized by Reston Pride as an ally to our LGBTQ+ community.  The only pledge I have ever signed is...
08/06/2020

I am honored to be recognized by Reston Pride as an ally to our LGBTQ+ community. The only pledge I have ever signed is the Mayors for Marriage Equality Pledge, when the issue was before SCOTUS. Love is Love and as your Mayor I have always worked hard to make #Herndon a place where everyone feels welcomed and valued. Congratulations to my friends at Lake Anne Brew House, Elden Street Tea Shop and all the others who were recognized today!

I'm also floored - when I took part in this poll, I voted for Danica Roem - Virginia Delegate in the Public Official Category! 😍 Thank you for leading the way, Madame Delegate!

After a month of nominations & a month of voting, and over 500 votes cast; Reston Pride is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Rainbow Awards!! A Huge congratulations to all of the winners.

Lake Anne Brew House - Best Bar
Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar - Best Restaurant
Elden Street Tea Shop - Best Small Business
Dr. Sandra Concalves - Best Doctor
Wicked Jezabel - Best Musical Artist
Mizz Mozaic the Caterer of Creativity - Best Artist
Rachel Eisenfeld - Best Businessperson
Rabbi Michael Holzman - Best Faith Leader
Cole Morgan - Best Activist
Mayor Lisa Merkel - Best Public Official
Andy Sigle - Best Ally
Reston Regional Library - Best Community Facility
Safe Space NOVA - Best LGBTQIA+ Community Organization/Non-Profit

#RestonPride #Pride #Pride365 #RainbowAwards #BestOfReston

DOWNTOWN UPDATE:  Late last week the the Town Manger, Town Attorney and I met with Comstock senior staff, to include Com...
08/03/2020

DOWNTOWN UPDATE: Late last week the the Town Manger, Town Attorney and I met with Comstock senior staff, to include Comstock CEO Chris Clemente. During the meeting, Mr. Clemente and his staff stressed Comstock’s commitment to, and the desire to expeditiously move forward with, the downtown redevelopment project. We worked on strategies to address a number of outstanding items required prior to closing. Additional information should be forthcoming in early September. Several issues have led to delays - market conditions, COVID, etc - but the enthusiasm for and committment to the project has not waned. Both Comstock and the Town are committed to this project and my personal goal as your mayor is to see these actions completed during this calendar year.

http://historicherndondistrict.com/

Town of Herndon Government
07/29/2020

Town of Herndon Government

Check this out: The  Northern Virginia Regional Commission has put together an interactive timeline of the percentage of...
07/23/2020
Percentage Positive COVID19 Cases by Health District

Check this out: The Northern Virginia Regional Commission has put together an interactive timeline of the percentage of positive COVID19 test results from March 16 to present by Health District.

***CLICK on the preview below to see the animated version****

You can see how people staying at home, wearing a mask, washing their hands and employing physical distancing has had a good result for our region.

Keep it up!!!! 😷

https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/3266593/

A Flourish data visualisation by NVRC

Great reminder from HPD...and if you want a chuckle check out the comments on their original post.  Some Herndon ladies ...
07/16/2020

Great reminder from HPD...and if you want a chuckle check out the comments on their original post. Some Herndon ladies are cracking us up! Clearly we’ve all been quarantined for too long! 🤣 Also— #MaskUp 😷 👮🏻‍♀️

Officer Mather reminds you to buckle up for safety! #ClickItOrTicket #buckleup #herndonpd

06/29/2020
Town of Herndon Government

#Phase3 #July1 #Herndon #Open4Business

Wear your mask, keep your distance and welcome back to Herndon businesses!

Herndon Police Department
06/29/2020

Herndon Police Department

#NotOnMyWatch
We continue our commitment to:
Police our community with integrity, fairness, and compassion.
Use only necessary and reasonable force in resolving incidents.
Intervene and hold accountable those who fail to do so.
#HerndonPD

Well what did you *think* the mayor would toast with? 🥂 @dcbrau #summer #fulltransparency. #girlfriends #herndon
06/27/2020

Well what did you *think* the mayor would toast with? 🥂 @dcbrau #summer #fulltransparency. #girlfriends #herndon

06/25/2020

Hey #Herndon — some more exciting things to look forward to in our downtown! Aslin Beer Company is making progress in their tasting room construction (and have you seen their new temporary outdoor space?!?!?!) 🍻 And coming soon: Herndon Biergarten!!! #ONTap in #Herndon

Check out their plans!
www.herndonbiergarten.com

06/20/2020
Herndon Police Department

Thank to Chief DeBoard for your continued strength and leadership, to our Officers who work day and night to keep our Town safe, and to the families who rely on them, often in the most stressful moments of their lives. Herndon Police Department is committed to the highest standards in policing, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with them. Herndon, we will get through this tough time - together.

A message from Chief Maggie DeBoard to our Herndon community and to HPD officers and their families.

06/18/2020
Town of Herndon Government

This year marks the town's first observance of Juneteenth by closing and is in alignment with Governor Northam's declaration of a state holiday.

In observation of Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, Town of Herndon offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, June 19. Refuse and yard waste will be collected as normal.

I meant to post this earlier!  Farmers market reopens today!
06/18/2020

I meant to post this earlier! Farmers market reopens today!

Grab your mask & shop the Herndon Farmers' Market until 12:30pm today. The market will be held on Thursdays from 8am-12:30pm, on Lynn St. There are NEW operating guidelines. Vendors are taking pre-orders. Contact info & details https://www.herndon-va.gov/departments/community-development/farmers-market #herndon #herndonparks

Happy 1st Birthday, Minute! #puppiesofinstagram #birthdaygirl🎂
06/17/2020

Happy 1st Birthday, Minute! #puppiesofinstagram #birthdaygirl🎂

Mayor Lisa Merkel
06/17/2020

Mayor Lisa Merkel

Please take a look and share widely. HPD is committed to keeping everyone in our community safe.
06/16/2020

Please take a look and share widely. HPD is committed to keeping everyone in our community safe.

The Herndon Police Department values our strong relationship with our community, and we understand the critical need to remain accountable to you. Trust and respect come through a solid foundation built on professionalism, strong policies, and continuous community engagement. #HerndonPD #NotOnMyWatch

Please review our guide, “Where We Stand,” to take a look at your Herndon Police Department: https://bit.ly/3hwKKrt.

You can also review our Regulations and General Orders by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2UPezJW.

Thank you, #HPD.  #NotOnMyWatch
06/15/2020

Thank you, #HPD. #NotOnMyWatch

"The Herndon Police Department understands the critical need to remain accountable to our community. Through #NotOnMyWatch, we reaffirm to each other and the community our duty to intervene when our actions are contrary to the safe and equitable treatment of all individuals."
-Chief Maggie DeBoard

06/10/2020
Town of Herndon Government

Great news, #Herndon! You can get your fresh ON at next week’s Farmers Market! Check back for details on social distancing protocols, etc. Can’t wait to see you there!

The Herndon Farmers' Market Opens June 18! Restrictions will apply for everyone's safety. More details to come

Herndon Police Department
06/04/2020

Herndon Police Department

A group of residents has organized a mobile demonstration to be held in Herndon today beginning at 6:00pm. Vehicles will be traveling via Elden Street through the downtown area. Various road closures will be in effect and Elden Street will be closed between Sterling Road and Monroe Street beginning at 5:30pm. This event is being planned and organized by citizens. The Herndon Police Department will be providing security and traffic control to ensure a safe environment for lawful demonstrators.
Please follow HPD on Twitter (@HerndonPolice) for event and traffic updates.

06/02/2020

Like so many of you, I am devastated by what has happened to George Floyd and others in our country. Racism has reached its boiling point and we are witnessing the resulting turmoil across America. I am grateful for our Chief and our Herndon Police officers, and the relationships they’ve built in our community over the years - a result of decades of work. Did you know that our hometown was the scene of a riot in 1974 because of an officer involved shooting of an African American resident by a Fairfax County officer? It’s hard to imagine, but it’s true. Following that incident, the town began to implement community policing, opened the Herndon Community Center and began many other sustained efforts to build relationships and establish trust between our police department and the people they are here to protect. I’m grateful that our town has been committed to these efforts, and pray that other cities and towns are able to begin to heal and create a similar environment in their communities. It takes leadership, commitment, compassion, care, trust....and time.

Well #Herndon, welcome to Phase 1 of re-opening!  Downtown was abuzz this morning with people prepping outdoor spaces at...
05/29/2020

Well #Herndon, welcome to Phase 1 of re-opening! Downtown was abuzz this morning with people prepping outdoor spaces at our favorite places and you could really feel the joy of being out and seeing other people! Please be sure to follow the posted guidelines at each establishment, and above all else - wash your hands, social distance, and wear your mask. All the cool kids are doing it! :) Welcome back, Herndon!

So far Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, The Breeze Restaurant and Sports Bar Mile 20 have additional temporary outdoor seating up and running, and I'm told that Green Lizard Cycling, LLC, Sully's Pour House, Red Kimono Japanese & Korean cuisine and A Taste Of The World and A2B - Adyar Ananda Bhavan Virginia (and maybe others, these are just the ones I've heard have done the application with ABC and the Town!) are getting their approvals as we speak - hoping to be set up for the weekend! YAY!!!!!!!

While you're #MaskingUp, don't forget the other essentials - WASH your hands and Social Distance, 6ft apart!
05/28/2020

While you're #MaskingUp, don't forget the other essentials - WASH your hands and Social Distance, 6ft apart!

Mayor Lisa Merkel
05/28/2020

Mayor Lisa Merkel

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