Eve Thompson, a 25-year resident of Reston and former president of the Lake Anne Merchants Committee, will run for an At-Large seat on the Reston Association Board of Directors.
Thompson, a Realtor with Long & Foster , has a dockside office, All Reston Real Estate, at Lake Anne Plaza. She is also a Reston Patch real estate blogger.
"I’m running for the board for several reasons," Thompson said. "One is that I’m impressed with the strategic goals that have been laid out in the 2012 – 2016 Strategic Plan. The goals outlined for making Reston more sustainable really resonate with me. We have this great history of national recognition for innovation and creativity; I’d like to see us continue that through the realization of the goals laid out in the Strategic Plan."
Thompson has been active in community efforts at Lake Anne. She runs the Saturday Craft Market that runs alongside the Reston Farmers Market. Thompson says the proceeds of the market, generated by the rent each vendor pays, has all been put back into the public areas of the Plaza in the form of colorful umbrellas along at the benches on the dock, additional planters and flowers and a music program that includes the Jazz and Ukulele Festivals.
Thompson has served several terms on the Lake Anne Condominium Board of Directors, serving in a variety of roles. She continues as the Chair of the Landscaping Committee and leads the Marketing and Events within the Condo Merchant’s Committee. She also serves on the Reston Historic Trust Board of Directors.
Eve and her husband, Rick Thompson, were 2009 Best of Reston recipients for “Nurturing a Community.”
"Like the rest of us living and working in Reston, I am concerned about future development," said Thompson. "I think we should be very demanding about architecture, scale and open space. I’m not afraid of growth but I am afraid of losing what makes us Restonites.
"For all the joking about 'Reston Brown & DRB applications' that is a part of what forms us into community, so to the degree that RA can influence development and re-development, I would like to be a part of that effort. On the other end of that spectrum I feel really strongly about caring for and enhancing our existing community assets."
Thompson says her work as a Realtor will help her with her role on the RA Board, should she be elected.
"I focus the majority of my real estate practice in Reston," she said. "It’s really interesting to see the community through the eyes of newcomers. I think that it’s important to try and see things with new eyes. It’s surprising to hear someone say that Reston’s beloved paths feel scary, but when I looked at the entrances to some of the paths I could see where someone might have that perspective.
"On the flip side, when listing houses I’m sometimes surprised at the lack of adherence there has been to even our most basic convenants. It hurts property values when things are allowed to slide."
The deadline for filing for RA Board candidacy is 5 p.m. Friday. There are three seats up for grabs: South Lakes director, as well as two At-Large seats.