Commissioner seeks council seat in Stephens City

Steven Happek

Small business owner Steven Happek is running for one of three open seats on the Stephens City Town Council in the November election.

Originally from New Mexico, Happek moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2007 and runs an IT support business, GenOne Technology Services, out of his home in Stephens City. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in 2014 and is a student at University of Virginia pursuing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Happek has served on the town Planning Commission for two years and sits on the Stephens Landing Homeowner’s Association, which he said meant becoming acquainted with town ordinances.

“Now, I kind of want to take it to the next level and see where I can make not only town developments better (but) … see what we can do to help generate some interest in smaller businesses … and also try to fix the wonderful traffic problem we have on Main Street,” he said.

That traffic problem, he said, hinders local businesses’ ability to attract customers. While he said he doesn’t know the specifics of the water dispute between the town and the Frederick County Sanitation Authority, he said he’d “like to see that get resolved … things like that where we’re trying to correct a wrong.”

Happek said he believes the town needs to address its problems by speaking with higher authorities.

“We’ve got to better court the system to work for our small town to start getting some of the benefits that these bigger … towns get,” he said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com.