Ken Elston has been living and serving the community in Manassas City for twelve years. His two children attend Manassas City Public Schools. He is a teacher and administrator at George Mason University.
Ken has served as Lay Leader in his church and on the School Board of Grace Children’s Learning Center. He worked on boards for Oberon Theater Ensemble, Gray Ghost Theatre, Footsteps in Time, the Hylton Performing Arts Center Development and Education committees, as well as Advisory Boards for Aldie Church, Save Meadowbrook, Piedmont Film Festival, Washington West Film Festival, and the Lisbon Institute of Biological Studies Center for Communicating Science. He has been involved in support for CASA, SAVAS, ACTS, JustFaith, the Center for the Arts, and other regional organizations. He is a long-time member of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee, and he has worked creatively with NOVA-Manassas Symphony, Prince William Little Theater, Chainbridge Chamber Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, and other groups. As a professional actor, Ken has been a union member for 25 years.
Ken brings vision and leadership to his community. Ken is committed to supporting appropriate development and fiscal responsibility. He is passionate about the arts and education and will support superior schools. Ken believes we can improve conditions in the city, improve the quality of life, and do that with transparency and respect for all people. Ken will keep values and people foremost in his priorities and above any ideology.
Letter From Ken
My name is Ken Elston. I am the Director of the School of Theater at George Mason University in Fairfax. And, it is my hope that we might get to know each other more deeply quite soon. With your support, I am resolved to run for Manassas City Council.
My wife and I have lived in Manassas City for twelve years. Our family is rooted here. Our two children attend Metz and Osbourn respectively. As an artist and as a citizen, I have made Manassas my commitment. In 2005, with the support of some amazing people, my wife and I began Footsteps In Time, a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing history to life and supporting history education through the arts. Among the theater and films we made, we produced The Gray Ghost at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater and the National Jubilee of Peace in the heart of our own city.I have been a Lay Leader in our church and a member of the Grace Children’s Learning Center School Board. I have served on boards for Aldie Church, Save Meadowbrook, and the Hylton Performing Arts Center. I have been involved in active support for CASA, SAVAS, ACTS, JustFaith, the Center for the Arts, NOVA-Manassas, and am a member of the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee. I have also worked creatively with Manassas Symphony, Prince William Little Theater, Manassas Chain Bridge Orchestra, Manassas Chorale, and other groups. I believe in involvement, and I believe in our city.
Our City Council should focus on growing an economic base, by attracting new business, and on serving each and every citizen, through consensus and vision building. Community is a value, and decisions regarding plans for growth, improvement, and quality of life in our city should be built on the solid foundation of holding community as a priority. Representative voices on the Council need to join in meaningful discussions, and open minds need to be applied to sincere planning. If given the opportunity, I will be both as clear of voice and mind as I can be, so that the judgments of the City Council are informed more by thoughtful consideration of the people being served than by any ideology.
Thank you for considering my ability to serve the people of this city. Provide me with your support, and I will answer with action. I look forward to conversation and a mutual effort to bring unity to a movement for positive change.
Ken D. Elston
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