Lusk holding “Lee District listening tour”

Workers holding signs, standing around Lusk
Rodney Lusk, back row in suit, stands with ATU Local 689 members yesterday the Franconia Springfield Metro. (Image courtesy of Rodney Lusk campaign)

Lee District Supervisor candidate Rodney Lusk has begun a “Lee District listening tour” ahead of this fall’s general election.

Lusk, who won the four-way Democratic primary on June 11, is running to replace Jeff McKay, who is the Democratic nominee for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Lusk is unopposed in the November 5 general election so far.

In a video accompanying his listening tour announcement, Lusk said he plans to help campaign for fellow Democrats who are in contested races this fall. He also follows up on a campaign promise to meet with civic associations, homeowner’s associations, advocacy groups and religious organizations throughout Lee District to learn more about their concerns.

“During the campaign I made a commitment to meet people where they are to learn about the issues that are impacting them most,” Lusk said in a statement to Covering The Corridor. “This listening tour is a big part of keeping that promise. Any constituent in Lee District can reach me directly at Rodney@LuskForSupervisor.com to let me know about events or community discussions in their area.”

Yesterday morning Lusk stood with workers from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 at the Franconia Springfield Metro Station. The union is protesting conditions faced by drivers with Transdev, a private bus contractor hired by WMATA. ATU 689 says Transdev drivers are not always given bathroom and meal breaks during their 10-hour shifts, creating unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

“I think these are basic fundamental rights that people should have as workers, and I stand in solidarity with you in helping you obtain them,” Lusk said in a Facebook video taken by the Union.

Lusk also attended last Saturday’s community meeting at the Highland Park Pool and Tennis Club, which was called in the wake of three shootings last week, as well as a second meeting on the shootings Thursday evening at Rose Hill Elementary School. Prior to that Lusk met with firefighters, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and the Lee District Democratic Committee, according to his campaign. He is scheduled to attend a function with Jefferson Manor residents on Saturday.

Lusk said he will be campaigning for Del. Paul Krizek, Mount Vernon school board representative Karen Corbett Sanders, Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate Steve Descano and McKay, who all have opponents this fall. In a statement to Covering The Corridor, he also emphasized his appreciation for the support of other elected officials in Lee District.

“I’m also extremely thankful to the elected officials in Lee District like School Board Representative Tammy Derenak Kaufax, Del. Vivian Watts and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Sen. George Barker that have reached out to support me in this effort,” Lusk said in a statement. “I’m fortunate to have their guidance, and am proud to strongly endorse each of them in their respective campaigns.”

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