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I am in my thirty-fifth year of service representing the 36th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. I am a retired teacher and school administrator, having been employed by the Fairfax County Public Schools for nearly 30 years. Serving as your delegate is now my full-time focus.

This website is intended to assist us in communicating with each other. I hope that you will subscribe to my electronic newsletter, Virginia e-News, that is emailed every Wednesday. Each week I share my thoughts on a pressing issue or human interest item in the form of a commentary. Read this week’s commentary below. In the newsletter you’ll also find a bulletin board of local information and a calendar of events happening in our community.

Please let me hear from you on your needs and interests. I am honored to represent you and here to serve you as effectively as I can.

Ken Plum.

Delegate Ken Plum’s Commentary

What Can I Do?

February 22, 2017

Photo of Democratic Caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates

Voting to protect women’s health decisions with my Democratic colleagues in the House of Delegates.

In a previous column I addressed in part the question I get from more and more constituents about what they can do to be more active in public service. Their concern of course comes from the outcome of the presidential election and the unbelievable events that have occurred since that time. Adding to that column of December 28, 2016, in which I highly recommended membership in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center and involvement in the gubernatorial election of 2017 in Virginia, I have decided to further facilitate individuals seeking to find a place in which they could become involved in civic affairs.

On Saturday morning, March 11, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston I am sponsoring an event, What Can I Do? A Civic Engagement Workshop, to bring together persons who want to be more active in their community and in civic matters at all levels of government with individuals and organizations that can provide opportunities, direction, and assistance in becoming an activist, advocate and participant in their community.

There will be no formal program or speeches. Rather there will be representatives of at least fifteen different organizations who are known for their civic involvement who will be there to answer questions and give advice on how persons can get involved. It will not be necessary for participants to attend the entire time. No registration is required. Attendees can “shop” from among the organizations represented to explore their interests and get to know the representatives who themselves are already actively involved in the community.

Issues and interest areas to be represented include voting, redistricting, elections, immigration, political campaigning, women’s rights, poverty, gun violence prevention and others. Groups from both political parties have been invited as the event is nonpartisan. Participants include the AAUW, Centreville Immigration Forum, Community Matters, Cornerstones, Emerge Virginia, Equality Virginia, Giving Circle of HOPE, Herndon Reston Indivisible, League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, Moms Demand Action, NAACP of Fairfax County, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, Reston-Dulles Section of National Council of Negro Women, New Virginia Majority, OneVirginia2021, Reston Environmental Action, and SALT.

I share the concern and fears expressed by many people about the future direction of our country. I am greatly disturbed about the negative impact that evolving events are having on my neighbors, our children and grandchildren, our form of government, and the culture of inclusiveness we have spent centuries building. It is time for the people to take back their government with a strong and informed voice. To the extent to which the workshop contributes to empowering more people to become involved in their government, I feel it will be a success. Plan to participate and invite your neighbors and friends to come as well.


Previous commentaries are available here.