Vena vies to keep Strasburg council seat

Jocelyn Vena

STRASBURG – Town Councilwoman Jocelyn Vena is seeking a second term on Town Council.

“I would like to continue building on the groundwork that we set in my first four years such as the refurbishing of the downtown and sort of delving into the development of the business park and improving the appearance as well the repairing of the aging infrastructure,” Vena said Monday.

Town Council appointed Vena to a seat in 2009 to fill an unexpired term. Vena ran for her first full term on council in 2012.

“My objective is to preserve the Strasburg values,” Vena added.

Vena admitted that she hesitated about seeking another term, but decided against it. She changed her mind after fellow council members urged her to run.

“It was quite uplifting and it came as a surprise since I am the only lady on that council,” Vena said.

The councilwoman said she would like to set up a committee of residents to exchange ideas and opinions about Strasburg’s needs.

“I want to engage the public and I guess the only way I’m going to be able to do it is really get on the phone,” Vena said. “Hopefully I can encourage people to use email if they don’t want to come in person and I would like to get a representative from each different section of town.”

Vena holds a degree from Berkeley College in New Jersey. Vena retired from United Airlines and then worked at the Frederick County visitor’s center and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Vena and her husband Conrad moved to Strasburg in 2006. Vena volunteers at the Strasburg Museum, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and with Travelers Aid at Dulles International Airport.

Election Day is May 3.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com