Resignation opens extra spot in McLean Community Center governing board race

McLean Community Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The deadline has arrived for candidates seeking a spot on the McLean Community Center’s governing board.

Nominating petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. today (Monday), according to MCC, which made the forms available at its main facility at 1234 Ingleside Avenue. Candidates need signatures from 10 residents of the McLean tax district (Dranesville Small District 1A) to be eligible for the ballot.

This year, four adult seats will be up for grabs — one more than in a typical year after board member Ari Ghasemian announced earlier this year that he will resign, effective March 31.

According to minutes of the board’s Jan. 24 meeting, Ghasemian said he needs to step down because “he is very busy this year.”

“We are grateful for his service over the past two years as well as his work on the [elections and nominating committee],” the minutes said.

Ghasemian joined the governing board in 2022 as one of three winners in that year’s unusually heated election, along with Kristina Groennings, currently the board’s vice chair, and secretary Anna Bartosiewicz. One candidate who fell short in 2022, Katherine Gorka, ultimately got elected to the board last year.

Ghasemian’s vacant seat will be filled by the adult candidate who gets the fourth highest votes. That person will serve for the remaining one year of his term, according to MCC.

The three top vote-getters will be elected for the board’s standard three-year terms.

There are also two youth positions available: one for a teen aged 15 to 17 in who lives in the McLean High School boundary area and one for a teen who lives in the Langley High School boundary area.

Featuring 11 volunteering members, MCC’s governing board provides oversight of the community center’s policies, budget and strategic planning efforts. It typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Absentee voting for the upcoming election will take place in person at the community center or by mail from Wednesday, March 27 to Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. The actual election is scheduled for McLean Day on Friday, May 17 at Lewinsville Park (1659 Chain Bridge Road).

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