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GFCA To Host Candidate Forum on September 27:  Public is Invited

The GFCA is pleased to invite members, friends, and area residents to this year’s Candidates Forum.  This occasion marks the return of the GFCA’s tradition of bringing the community together with area candidates for public office who will represent Great Falls.

Event Date: Wednesday September 27, 2023

Location: Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls 22066

Arrival Time: 5:30 pm (Informal Time to Meet the Candidates, Lower level of Grange)

Forum start: 6:30 pm (Upper level of Grange)

Forum conclusion: 9:15 pm

Because of state-wide redistricting and some retirements, there is an entirely new slate of candidates seeking to represent our legislative districts at the county and state levels.  This event will be a great occasion to hear what they have to say and how their positions may impact our community.  The GFCA has received confirmations from the two candidates seeking to represent the Dranesville District on the Board of Supervisors, James “Jimmy” Bierman (D), and Puneet Ahluwalia (R), as well as the candidates for our State Senate District, Jennifer Boysko (D), and Matthew Lang (R).  Also appearing will be the candidates for the House of Delegates, Richard “Rip” Sullivan (D), and Kristin Hoffman (R).  This is a unique opportunity for Great Falls residents to hear from those who seek to represent us in public office.  To view the candidates' biographical statements, click Here.

As in previous GFCA hosted candidate forums, we expect this year’s program to cover a broad range of important topics and concerns that may exist at both the county and state levels.  The GFCA’s goal is to provide a structured program that offers candidates equal time to present their views and answer questions on such topics as tax impact and budgets, transportation challenges, land use and development policies, solutions to address affordable housing needs, our environment, and public safety.

Event Highlights:

  • Meet the candidates:  Prior to the main event, the candidates will be available on the lower level of the Grange Hall to introduce themselves and to engage with members of the community.
  • Main event:  Candidates will have equal time to make individual statements which will be followed by a moderated Q&A session where candidates will respond to questions collected in advance by GFCA.  Audience members will be able to submit written questions at the event.
  • Refreshments and informal dialogue with the candidates will close the evening.

The GFCA is committed to ensuring that this event will be a respectful and inclusive environment and hopes this forum will help play a key role in informing our community and GFCA members about the choices they have in the upcoming election.  Attendees should plan on arriving early, as a large turn-out is expected.  Written questions are being invited from members in advance of the event.  If you would like to submit a question for consideration during the forum, click Here

Well water testing now available

Registration is now open for the 2023 Fairfax County Well Water Testing Clinic. Due to increased demand, the Clinic expects to sell out. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY. The cost per kit is $65.

You can register at 

Mark your calendar!

·  Fri, Sep 1: Last day for refunds

·  Thu, Sep 14: Registration closes. Space is limited! Register early.

·  Mon, Sep 18, 4-7 pm OR Tue, Sep 19, 7-10 am: Pick up sample kit

·  Wed, Sep 20, 6-9:30 am ONLY: Collect and drop off sample

·  Results will be emailed by the virtual results interpretation meeting Nov 1, 7 pm

For program details, please see details below:

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Our goal is to preserve the semi-rural character of our community while addressing practical concerns like traffic, zoning, retail, schools, parks and the environment where problems arise and solutions must be found. 

Since Great Falls is not an incorporated municipality like the Town of Vienna, or City of Falls Church, we lack a town/city government to represent our local interests.  The GFCA acts in an unofficial capacity to represent the voices of the citizens of Great Falls on these matters, and works with county, state, and national government to get things done.  On Great Falls issues, no other organization has GFCA’s influence with elected leaders at the County and State level, or is as respected by them.

Our charter calls for GFCA to "serve as a community organization to promote all aspects of community interest accruing to a common good and, in general, to preserve the historic, low density, semi-rural character of Great Falls and its natural resources."

Watch GFCA
uTube Channel Videos Here:

EP Committee Presentation by Henry Lippincott on the Georgetown Pike Rural Preservation Trust and benefits of Land Conservation Easements

Land Use & Zoning Committee Chair, Jennifer Falcone's, Video Testimony before the Fairfax County Planning Commission on zMOD Ordinance

EP Committee Presentation on Fairfax County's recycling Program

Town Hall re: Proposed Dark Sky Preserve at Turner Farm Park Observatory

EP Committee Presentation featuring Tips on Lawn Care from Master Gardener Tony Makara

Town Hall re: Towlston Rd./Rte. 7 Intersection -

Town Hall re: Milestone Towers proposed Monopole -

Town Hall re: Springvale Rd. Bridge Replacement -

Deer Management Presentation -

Native Plants Presentation -

The Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) is a non-profit, 501(c)4, organization based in Great Falls, Virginia, whose mission is to promote and protect the quality of life and the unique characteristics of the Great Falls community.  The GFCA is a volunteer-based organization that is open to all residents of Great Falls and the surrounding area.

The GFCA is known for its advocacy and community engagement activities, which include working with local government officials and other community organizations on issues related to land use, zoning, transportation, and environmental protection.  The organization also organizes events and programs to promote community engagement and connect residents with local resources and services. 

Some of the activities the GFCA is involved in include:

Zoning and land-use issues, like protecting the rural character of Great Falls from over development
Advocacy for traffic and transportation improvements
Promoting the protection of natural and historic resources in Great Falls
Organizing community events and programs, like educational seminars, social events, and volunteer opportunities
Provide information and resources to the community on issues of importance to Great Falls.
The GFCA is an active organization in Great Falls and plays a critical role in preserving the community's unique character and quality of life, through its advocacy and community engagement activities.

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