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Newsletter Week of 5/5

Dear Friend,

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May was picked to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. This month, let us continue to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of our AAPI community! Justice Rally in the memory of Timothy Johnson:

I was proud to support the Johnson family on Tuesday as Ms. Johnson and community members called for justice in the tragic death of Timothy Johnson by Fairfax County police. Read more about the rally from NBC Washington & WJLA. Early Voting Has Started

Whenever you are ready, you can vote in the 2023 primary elections at your local general registrar's office. Find the list of candidates in your area here. Re-election

I am officially the Democratic nominee in the new 12th House District! Check here to see if you’re in the new 12th District. And, if you are able, please consider donating to my campaign to help me get re-elected. With a new district comes new communities to connect with. Every dollar counts and will go directly to support our efforts to reach new voters and get our message out. It has truly been an honor to serve our community and represent your voices these last few months and I hope you will send me back to Richmond to do it again! The link to donate is: Thank you for your consideration! Menstrual Health Awareness Month

May is Menstrual Health Awareness Month. The Vienna-based nonprofit, BRAWS, has set the ambitious goal to collect 4,800 boxes of pads and tampons (5 pallets) for those who need them the most. How can you help?

FCDC Blue Fairfax Dinner

My donation to Fairfax County Democratic Committee auction this year is a “Best of Bards Alley Bookshop” basket! Check out all these fun goodies and NINE books! You can bid on it TODAY - all money raised will help get Democrats elected this November! It’s a WIN-WIN! Bid here. HomeAid of the National Capital Region

The nonprofit HomeAid of the National Capital Region is truly changing lives through construction. I had the pleasure of meeting with them this morning and so impressed by the work that they do throughout the region. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do so here! May The Fourth Be With You!

Hope you had a happy May The Fourth - to your home from ours (where every day is a star wars day!) GOPIO Virginia Banquet

Thank you to Jay Bhandari and GOPIO Virginia for the invitation to your banquet! It was an honor to join you last weekend and celebrate the contributions of Indian Americans here in Virginia and across the country. Congratulations to all of the winners! FCDC Endorsement Caucus

Democrats in Fairfax: Please be sure to register here to vote in the 2023 Endorsement Caucus for School Board! The deadline is May 5th (TODAY), so please don’t wait! Be Our Guest Prom

“Be Our Guest” is an inclusive Prom for young people (14+) w/ developmental & intellectual differences & their guests. Enjoy a complimentary evening of Dinner, Dancing & more - even a Red Carpet Entrance! Please complete this form to RSVP for the “Be Our Guest" Prom! Happy Birthday To Caboose Brewing! Happy 8th birthday to Caboose Brewing! I can't imagine a Vienna without you! Stop by for free cake on 5/5 after 3pm while supplies last.

Vienna Elementary School 150th Birthday Bash

Vienna Elementary School will commemorate its sesquicentennial by hosting a birthday party on May 19th with cake, games, music, and food from Vienna Inn. My family has been fortunate enough to build memories at VES - the oldest continuously operating public school building in FCPS (first me as a teacher, and then my children as students) - and we look forward to celebrating its 150th birthday! Congressional Art Competition Exhibit

The Annual Congressional Art Competition provides Members of Congress with the unique opportunity to showcase the artistic creativity and talent of high school students from across the United States. Congressman Gerry Connolly is hosting the competition for all high school students who are residents of the 11th Congressional District. All entries will be displayed at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 5, 2023 to May 21, 2023. Learn more HERE. Cherry Tree Planting in Tysons On May 6th

From Tysons Community Alliance: The first planting will begin at 8 AM at Cityline Partners’ property near the intersection of Old Meadow and Chain Bridge Rds, 1651 Old Meadow Rd, Tysons, VA. An official ceremony will take place at 10 AM. Once the ceremony is over and the trees have been planted, they will move to the second location, the Tysons Corner Center side of the I-495 pedestrian bridge. That transition will occur around 11 AM. We will likely wrap up by 1 PM. After the planting, they hope volunteers join them for the first concert in their May Music Series. The concert will take place from 1-3 PM in Boro Park, 8350 Broad St, Tysons, VA, and feature music by Max Rosado and The 7th Street Band. For more information, click here. Register here. FCPS Strategic Plan Survey FCPS has almost completed the process of drafting a new Strategic Plan, which will guide our school division in the years ahead.

Please participate in a brief survey regarding final input on the Strategic Plan’s draft goals, measures, and pillars. The goals are what we want for all students, and the measures are how we will determine our progress in reaching those goals. The pillars are the things that FCPS must do well to reach our goals. Your voice matters! Take the survey (by May 17).

FCPS Community Conversation: School Safety & Security FCPS will host a community conversation to discuss our approach to safety and security, and the work we do every day to keep our schools safe. Join us Monday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at South Lakes High School. Register for the Community Conversation. FCPS staff and experts will review our risk assessment processes, the physical measures we already have in place to protect our students and staff, pilot programs to detect vaping, and how we communicate and collaborate with our partners when there is an incident at our schools. FCPS School Board Budget Public Hearing The School Board will hear public comment on the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Budget on Tuesday, May 16, at 6 p.m., in the auditorium of Luther Jackson Middle School. Registration for 25 speakers is open. Registered speakers will have two minutes to address the Board regarding FY24 Budget. Madison FCCLA Students Advance to Nationals

Congrats to Madison High School's Lindsay Stoner and Savannah Vernon who won first place in Professional Presentation (Level 2) at the Virginia FCCLA State Leadership and Recognition Conference! Next stop is the national competition this summer! The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education in public and private school through grades 6-12. Tysons Community Alliance Names Its First CEO!

Congratulations to my friend, Katie Cristol, on being named the first permanent CEO of the Tysons Community Alliance! Cristol is a recognized leader in the region. For the past eight years, she has served on the Arlington County Board, and in 2018 and 2021, was the governing body’s Chair. Prior to that, she served on numerous other boards including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Additionally, she has held leadership roles at the Virginia Municipal League, The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board, and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Human Services Policy Committee. She is a strong advocate for affordable housing, racial equity and women’s issues. I'm looking forward to working with Katie to help realize Tysons' vision of becoming a thriving urban center where community members can live, work, and play! Vienna Parking Study Team Holding Focus Group Meetings

The Town of Vienna recently initiated a parking study of the Town’s Commercial Corridors, which includes businesses, restaurants, stores, and other commercial activity along Maple Avenue, Cedar Lane, Church Street, Park Street, Mill Street, Dominion Road, and Center Street. The Parking Study will help the Town understand the nature of parking in light of emerging trends and plan for the Town’s needs of the next ten years while also informing the Town’s on-going Zoning Code update. Attend one of the sessions to share concerns about parking for your business--including for staff and customers of your business. A major component of the parking plan is the solicitation of feedback from stakeholders in the study area. We wish to invite you to one of the two scheduled stakeholder focus group discussions to hear about the project and analysis to date, solicit your thoughts about parking, discuss ways to improve the Town’s parking policies, operations, and management. Focus Group Sessions Tuesday, May 23 6 – 7p.m. Wednesday, May 24 9 – 10 a.m. RSVP here Elevate NOVA Book Circle: Register Today! The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia announces the launch of its inaugural Elevate NOVA Book Circle with Mónica Guzmán’s I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times. Learn more here! Northern Virginia Opioid Response Survey Would you like to share your thoughts on the resources needed to address the opioid epidemic in Northern Virginia? The Northern Virginia Opioid Response Network is seeking input on potential uses of opioid settlement funds. Take the survey by Friday, May 12. Upcoming High School Musicals

  • Madison High School: MAD Drama presents "Mamma Mia" on April 28th at 7:30 pm & 29th at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets here.

  • Marshall High School: Marshall High School Statesmen Theatre presents "Xanadu" from May 4th to 6th. Click here for more info.

  • Oakton High School: Oakton High School presents "Mean Girls" from May 5th & 6th and from May 11th to 13th. Click here for more info.

Constituent Meetings My office had the pleasure of attending a number of meetings this week with constituents on issues ranging from taxes to invasive vines to health care.

If you would like to meet with us or organize an introduction to your group, please reach out to our office!

ICYMI: Reconvene Session in Richmond

This month, I returned to Richmond for the General Assembly's reconvened session. We dealt with budget issues, considered bills that the Governor returned with amendments, and voted to sustain or override the Governor's vetoes. We re-enrolled 61 bills, for a total of 799 bills and 1 Constitutional Amendment from the 2023 General Assembly Session. We voted on important issues like intoxicating hemp products, utility rates, and others. You can find a summary of those votes here, and a full list of the legislation we considered here. ICYMI: End of Session Debrief

In case you missed it, I hosted an End of Session Debrief with Senator Chap Petersen and Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert. If you want to view the full slideshow, click here. Community Input What do you value the most in public spaces? Residents and non-residents of the Town of Vienna can provide input on what the town should do with the former Faith Baptist Church location.

Contact Me If my office can be of any service to you, please send an email to or call us at 804-698-1035. Please make sure to also follow us on social media to receive updates throughout the year!

With Gratitude,

Holly Seibold Delegate, 35th District Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

To learn more about Holly, visit Holly Seibold for Delegate PO Box 2304 ​Vienna, VA 22183

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