The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) held its annual elections on Friday, Oct. 25. Each year, the KCA elects members to its Board of Trustees to serve a staggered two-year term. Three open seats were decided on this ballot with votes for the five candidates cast by residents via mail or in person on election day.
This year, nearly 400 Kentlands’ residents participated in the election. The winners were Ken Dretchen, who also serves as the chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee for the KCA and is a Kentlands Community Foundation Board member; Mary McClung, also a member of the Budget and Finance Committee; and Yamil Hernandez, current KCA treasurer re-elected to a second term.
Through their candidate questionnaires, each of the candidates expressed a focus on community relations and developments within the business district. Dretchen is aiming to bring resident concerns and ideas to the forefront with either “Town Hall type meetings or through smaller gatherings.” Maintaining a “positive direction” is on the top of McClung’s agenda and includes “financial stability and enhancing infrastructure.”
Those elected will join returning Trustees David Hofmann and Aysa Smith as well as KCA President Ty Hardaway. Acting Chair Hofmann is optimistic about the new Board of Trustees: “We were fortunate to have five fantastic candidates running for the Board of Trustees. This is indicative of increased community involvement, which we have been trying to encourage. Personally, I look forward to working with both the new and returning colleagues.”
The returning Hernandez echoed Hofmann’s sentiment. “We have a great slate of trustees on the board with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. I am excited to continue our work for the residents of the KCA.”
The new term begins immediately as the group convenes to ascertain which roles each trustee will assume going forward.