Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Residents ask for Brabo to be appointed to key positions
Tonight, a King George County resident presented to the Board of Supervisors a letter signed by 64 residents who requested that Supervisor Ruby Brabo be appointed the board’s next vice chairman—and the county’s representative on an important military committee.
Sylvia Hudson of Dahlgren read a two-page letter, touting what she described as Brabo’s open communication style and her commitment to the county, residents and the Navy base at Dahlgren.
“She has held town hall meetings, she has voluntarily attended events in King George and surrounding counties, many at her own expense, and she has an active Facebook page and is not secretive,” Hudson read. “She doesn’t care what district you’re in. If she’s aware of something she feels she needs to tell you, she will.”
Some of the signers of the letter were at the meeting with Hudson and stood beside her at the podium or behind her in the audience.
County boards of supervisors typically pick a chairman and vice chairman each January. King George representatives will meet to do that on Wednesday, Jan. 2—not on the first Tuesday of the month, which is New Year’s Day.
Of the five members of the board, Supervisors Joe Grzeika, Dale Sisson Jr. and Cedell Brooks Jr. have each served as chairman and vice chairman. The only supervisors who haven’t had a leadership position are John LoBuglio, who joined the board in 2010, and Brabo, who started her term in January 2012.
Tuesday marked the third meeting in a row at which residents asked that Brabo be appointed vice chairman and to the executive committee of the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Community Relations Council, or COMREL. Grzeika currently serves as the board’s representative on the committee, which consists of politicians, citizens and business representatives from Colonial Beach to Indian Head, Md. The COMREL group provides input to Navy officials at Dahlgren.
Appointing Brabo to that position would “free up” Grzeika to devote his time and energy to the George Washington Regional Commission and other committees on which he serves, Hudson said. She added that it makes sense for Brabo to be on the COMREL committee because the Navy base is in her district.
Brabo thanked those in the audience for their support and said she was flattered by their display. No other supervisors commented on the request—or previous ones to name her to the positions.
Board Chairman Brooks did ask if Hudson represented a particular group or citizens of Dahlgren.
“We’re all in this together,” Hudson answered.
Last Friday, Dave Jones of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail group sent out an email encouraging residents to attend tonight’s meeting and show their support for Brabo. He said Hudson would be representing the Citizens for Non-Partisan Good Government in King George, though she made no mention of her affiliation.
In his email, Jones said: “This appointment is critical to us. Ms. Brabo is a friend of the trail and an extraordinarily conscientious public servant. She deserves our support in this.”