Being a Supervisor is all about making good decisions about our turf (land) and treasure (county funds). We invest in moving our community forward by ensuring families spend more time with each other than they do sitting in traffic. We invest in the next generation by ensuring equity in our schools and by valuing our teachers & support staff as the stewards of the future they are. We invest in our community by bringing good jobs and by uplifting those who need a helping hand.
- Record-breaking investments into Prince William County Schools, leading to teacher pay raises and a new High School coming to our district.
- Championed $25 Million in County COVID-19 funding being sent to PWCS to ensure every student had a laptop, and faculty was protected for a safe re-opening.
- Built partnerships between schools and labor unions to bring more quality job opportunities and career education to the classroom.
More Work to Do:
- Ensure we attract – and retain – the best teachers and school personnel with salaries and working conditions better than those of neighboring jurisdictions while beginning the long process of making up for lost raises.
- Address facility and security disparities between newer and older schools through renovations and improvements.
- Expand Pre-K options in the school division.
- Initiation of new county housing policies, including the creation of an Affordable Dwelling Unity (ADU) Ordinance and a Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
- Promoted housing security through supporting County COVID-19 relief funds being used for rental and mortgage relief programs.
- Worked with county agencies and a developer to establish an Affordable Housing complex for senior citizens in our district.
- Ensured COVID-19 relief funds were used to house the unsheltered and keep them safe from the pandemic.
More Work to Do:
- Transitioning our Housing Agency into a Housing Authority, with local funding for affordable housing vouchers and support staff to aid residents in securing housing.
- Advocate for the creation of a Rent Control & Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Board which will bring together homeowners, tenants and other residents to address the rising cost of living in Prince William County.
- Invested in Community Services, including the establishment of a Child Advocacy Center and re-establishment of Intensive In-Home programs for at-risk youth and their families.
- Increased accessibility of services for returning citizens, those struggling substance abuse, and members of our community with special needs or mental health challenges.
- Ensured that our district’s assisted living facilities and aging adult communities have the resources they needed during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Supported local supplements for the Prince William Health District, including pay supplements for our nurses during the pandemic.
- Invested in additional support staff for the Co-Responder Unity, allowing clinicians to help law enforcement resolve mental health calls safely.
More Work to Do:
- Expansion of the eastern homeless shelter into a Homeless Navigation Center with increased wrap-around services.
- Establishment of a Prince William County Crisis Stabilization Unit, providing for adult and youth residents facing mental health crises a sanctuary and hub for connection to other services.
- Transition our health agency from a state-run Health District to a county-run Health Department with expanded services and responsiveness.
- Easing congestion on Old Bridge Road with ongoing improvement projects at the Occoquan Road intersection, the Prince William Parkway intersection, and the long-awaited Route 123 & Old Bridge Road flyover ramp.
- Increasing transit options by creating an extensive cross-county bus system as part of Omniride with first mile/last mile shuttle service, flexible shuttle routes.
- Supported the DRPT Springfield to Quantico Enhanced Public Transportation Study for extending Metro to Prince William County and overall transit expansion such as the VRE, and Bus Rapid Transit.
- Built more sidewalk connections between major areas of interest (shopping centers, schools, etc) to improve walkability and expanded shared use trails.
- Partnered with Occoquan District communities to find solutions to speeding and other unsafe traffic conditions, leading to speed tables and other measures being installed along Cotton Mill Drive and Rolling Brook Drive.
More Work to Do
- Support findings of the Parkway Access Management Study to find innovative ways to get cars out of neighborhoods and onto major thoroughfares.
- Support additional improvements to the Old Bridge corridor, including studying the Minnieville intersection.
- Continue to advocate for more transit options to get folks out of their cars and out of traffic.
- Grew and diversified our commercial tax base to reduce reliance on residential property taxes and burden on homeowners through new revenue streams
- Promoted a progressive tax code to allow us to adequately invest in education, transit, and other areas by pushing for big data center corporations like Amazon and Google to pay their fair share.
- As part of the Board Audit Committee and Joint Audit Committee with PWCS, assisted our independent auditors in finding additional areas for efficiency and accountability in allocating county resources.
More Work to Do:
- Continue to grow and diversify Prince William County’s commercial tax base to help stabilize residential tax rates and housing costs.
- Work with the General Assembly to ensure a more just and equitable tax code.
- Continue audit efforts and identifying government agencies to improve efficiency and guard against waste.
- Hundreds of new, good paying jobs created in Prince William County, including the relocation of International Gourmet Foods to the Occoquan District.
- Empowered Economic Development to bring or expand other businesses into the community, such as Apple Federal Credit Union, Terracon, and Epiq Food Hall.
- Promoted the connection of union labor to Data Center construction, leading to the creation of hundreds of good paying union jobs.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, supported the creation of the Economic Relief Taskforce with diverse representation to keep businesses afloat.
More Work to Do:
- Invest in the kinds of amenities, infrastructure and quality of life improvements desired by companies like Amazon.
- Create a Business Development and Innovation Ombudsman who addresses challenges to the business community.
- Advocate for the creation of a Diversity Business Council, who will work to advise the Board of Supervisors on strategies to track, promote and grow minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, immigrant-owned, and other types of businesses.
- Significant progress on the Occoquan Greenway.
- Acting regionally to combat climate change as Prince William County’s appointee to MWCOG’s committees on Air Quality Control and Chesapeake Bay and Water Resources.
- Drafting and passing this resolution in 2020, which endorses the MWCOG Regional Climate Mitigation and Resiliency Goals, which also calls for Environmental Justice and Equity principals to be baked into the County’s Comprehensive Plan, along with the completion of a Community Energy Master Plan.
- Voted in opposition to a proposal to construct a new asphalt plant adjacent to a residential subdivision off of Bethlehem Road.
- Advocated alongside residents for the inclusion of new objective areas in the County’s new Strategic Plan, which now includes Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Growth goals.
- Directed staff to have Prince William County join the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners, to act as a region in order to keep residents healthy and safe by reducing pollution and run-off into our region’s waterways.
- Supported the creation of a PDR program for the county to begin building a toolbox for conserving green spaces. I subsequently directed county staff to look at implementing the program to protect lands not just in the Rural Area, but in the SRR and beyond, too.
- Advocated for funding in the FY22 Budget for various sustainability initiatives. This culminated in funding allocated for the creation of the county’s first Office of Sustainability (including a new Sustainability Director position), the resources for the creation of the aforementioned Community Energy Master Plan/Sustainability Plan, and the funding necessary to support the creation of a Sustainability Commission. These efforts also support the creation of a C-PACE program and a Plastic Bag Tax.
- Voted in favor of updated Mixed Use Zoning District, which will allow for more Smart Growth opportunities, and the creation of more walkable, less car-dependent communities.
- Was the sole vote in opposition to the Hunter Property Data Center proposal.
- Drafted and gained unanimous support for a resolution which creates a Joint Environmental Taskforce between the county government and the school division. Kenny was subsequently unanimously chosen by his colleagues to serve as the BOCS representative to that taskforce.
More Work to Do:
- Continue to focus on preserving the green spaces, natural resources and historic resources of the county.
- Expand the number of publicly-accessible trails and green ways are another priority.
- Expand the amount of projects given to organized labor, including advocating for PLAs for all publicly-funded projects whenever possible
- Worked with local law enforcement and first responders to ensure proper investment in law enforcement while emphasizing diversionary and prevention programs, such as permeant funding and expansion of the Co-Responder Unit.
- Fund our fire & rescue needs while exploring additional collaboration between career and volunteer fire brigades.
- Championed funding for Fire Station 22.
- Ensured EMTs and other medical first responders have the resources and compensation to work where they live.
- Successfully advocated for establishment and full supplemental funding of a public defenders office in Prince William County to provide dedicated professional defense for county residents, regardless of criminal history or documentation status.
- Supported additional prosecutor positions in the FY22 Budget focused on domestic violence and other serious crimes.
More Work to Do:
- Support of Prince William County re-establishing a Drug Court, which would specialize in diverting and rehabilitating drug offenders instead of incarcerating them with the general offender population.
- Continue advocating for more training and diverse representation in the Prince William County police, including implementation of recent Police Executive Research Forum study findings.
- Successfully advocated for the end of the controversial 287g partnership with Immigration & Customs Enforcement which used local tax dollars and local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.
- Worked with Delegate Danica Roem to allow the county to update the our nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Supported the creation of Prince William County’s Racial & Social Justice Commission, which investigated and provided recommendations for making the county more just and fair for all residents.
- Made diverse appointments to various boards, committees, and commissions to ensure broader representation of Occoquan District residents.
- Worked with the Parks Department to complete the Harbor Drive Wellness Park, the county’s first fully accessible public park.
More Work to Do:
- Explore ways to make all public buildings more accessible to people with disabilities.
- Continue to promote inclusive housing practices which open the county up to residents of all backgrounds.