Mick is a 20 year resident of Loudoun County, with the last 10 years living here in the Ashburn District. A husband and father, Mick works as a software engineer for a government contractor.
Mick is heavily invested in the local community. An Eagle Scout himself, Mick has served as a Den leader in his local Cub Scout Pack, and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Mick and his family attend church at Cornerstone Chapel where he and his wife led a Bible Study group, and the family volunteers their time and efforts.
Mick got involved in politics at an early age, starting out working for his father’s Congressional campaigns in WV when he was 8 years old. Since moving to Loudoun County Mick has served as a precinct captain, district chairman, and YR Chairman before he was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 2003.
While serving on the Board of Supervisors, Mick was instrumental in balancing the pressures of new growth with the need to preserve our rural character as well as protecting our existing suburban communities. A consistent voice for lower taxes and fiscal restraint, Mick was a leader in budget and tax issues.
As the first ever Chairman of the Transportation and Land Use Committee, Mick guided the county through some of its toughest growing pains, paving the way for much needed corridor improvements, including the interchanges on route 7 and the widening of Belmont Ridge Road.
Some of Mick’s accomplishments from his prior service on the Board of Supervisors include:
- Passing the compromise “Staton Plan” that encouraged clustering, preserved rural Western Loudoun, and ended the Western Loudoun Growth wars.
- Changed the Comprehensive Plan to remove “density packing” of Eastern Loudoun and removed plans to redevelop older neighborhoods into higher density urban town centers.
- Added policies to Loudoun County that forbid the use of Eminent Domain for economic development purposes.
- Added transportation improvement programs to our Capital Improvement Plan so that Loudoun County can get our road improvements built faster. This led to the building of multiple interchanges on Route 7.
- Stopped HCA’s plans to build a hospital in the Broadlands community that would have ruined those neighborhoods and put Inova Loudoun out of business. This eventually led to the opening of Stone Springs hospital on Route 50, where Loudoun’s second hospital should have gone in the first place.
- Led Loudoun County to challenge the constitutionality former Governor Tim Kaine’s plan of giving unelected bodies the power to raise your taxes. Loudoun County won a unanimous victory in the VA Supreme Court on this issue.
- Led an effort to improve Loudoun County’s fiscal performance measurements and standards to achieve better accuracy and efficiency.
- Helped lead Loudoun County to its first ever AAA Bond rating.
Mick has the background, the institutional knowledge, and the experience to be an effective leader for the Ashburn district.