wants to continue service to city
Manassas Park councilman seeks another term
MANASSAS PARK -- When the City Council was trying to figure out how to allocate an extra $1.2 million to local schools for the next fiscal year, it was Kevin Brendel
who stayed up all night, crunching the numbers.
As an active member in more than a handful of clubs and local organizations, the councilman says time management has been the key to his
endeavors in office.
Waving a pocket organizer, he
wife, Patricia, "live and die by one of these." Brendel has lived in Manassas Park since 1992 and has served on the City Council for eight of his 10 years here. On May 7, Brendel, the chairman of the local Republican Party, hopes the city's voters will allow him to continue his work.
"I enjoy serving in the system.I feel I help make a difference in people's lives," he
is one of four candidates seeking to fill three seats on the council. He's
competing against fellow incumbent H. Marie Baker, a Republican.
...Brendel sits on six different city committees.He's
a Cub master and Cub Scout den leader.He is a member and past president of the Signal Hill Lions Club.He
is also the father of two children -- Kyle, 7, and Kelly, 5.
"I'm very outgoing.I like to get involved," he
said. Besides working as a technical project manager at Airline Tariff Publishing Co. at Washington-Dulles International Airport, he also runs a disc-jockey business on the side. "I found working as a deejay helped improve my public-speaking ability," he said.
The reason Brendel moved to Manassas Park?
"I enjoyed being able to get involved in the life of my community.And this was a place where I could do that," he
two terms in office, he
has seen an empty land east of City Hall turn into a booming real-estate development.
And while in office, Brendel
has seen the city accomplish many things:
l The construction of Cougar Elementary School
and the new Manassas Park High School;
l The establishment of the only full-time career fire and rescue staff in Prince William County;
l The approval of plans to build a $2 million fire station on Manassas Drive near City Hall;
says there is much more work to do.Construction at the proposed Park Center
needs to begin so that city is able to have "a downtown area that we don't currently have."
Every street in the city, he
said, should have at least one sidewalk.The fire station needs to be built and the existing building needs to be renovated to create a new police station.
"In the last eight years, I've helped make a lot of good things happen.And we'd like to see even more happen," Brendel