What's Up With That?
Who is behind those hand-lettered signs? And which Ken is the writer against?
In the last several weeks, hand-lettered signs have popped up on and near Reston Parkway saying such things as "Ken's Against Reston" and Ken = High Tols (sic)."
Who - or what group - is behind the signs? And who is Ken?
The signs are a project of Restonian Rod Koozmin, a 2010 Reston Association board candidate and 2011 Reston Community Center Board of Governors candidate.
Koozmin also recently created the Reston Citzens Community Center.
Koozmin says he is against longtime Virginia Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), the founder of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association, because of his involvement in the effort for rail to Dulles, as well as Plum's stance during a grassroots efforts to gain town status for Reston more than five years ago.
"The citizens are fed up with Plum," Koozmin said in an email. The [expletive] took the town charter away so Reston would never have a voice in its governance. Now, the rise in tolls.
Koozmin is trying to organize a rally against Plum for Feb. 18, while Plum is holding a community meeting at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.
"I'm sure those folks are highly informed and motivated to protest the yoke of Ken Plum, as will the Reston Citizens Association, who remember the treatment of the town effort by Mr. Plum and the 4,700 who signed the petition, not to mention the many citizens who are hurting from the toll rise perpetuated by Mr Plum," Koozmin said.
While the placement of the signs may be subject to state penalties, Plum says Koozmin, under the rules of free speech, has the right make the signs.
"I recognize that in public office people will criticize you," says Plum. "But there is probably a more appropriate forum than roadside signs."