Winchester City Council
Judy comes to her candidacy from the school social work field. She has been with the Winchester Public Schools since 1990 and currently serves as a Lead Student Support Specialist, coordinating a team of school social workers and serving as a community liaison with social services, the community services board, and the schools. She and her husband Michael, a Handley High History teacher and track coach, and their two children came to the area in 1987. Their daughter is grown and teaching (of course!); their son is at George Mason University. Judy serves as secretary for the Northern Shenandoah Alliance for Children, is on the board of CLEAN, and is the WATTS coordinator for Bethel Lutheran Church. She earned a Bachelors in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois.
While Judy has been active professionally, she has also worked tirelessly in our community. She has been on the VFHY (VA Foundation For Healthy Youth) North Region Advisory Board for many years and has been Chair from 2016 until now. Since 2013, she has been on the Council Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
The North-End Citizens Organization has benefitted from her membership throughout the years. Since 2017, Judy has been a staff member of the Frederick County/Winchester Bright Futures. Judy has been a member and more recently Secretary of the Northern Shenandoah Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. She has been Chair of the Prevention & Outreach Committee, a joint committee of CLEAN, Inc. and the Northern Shenandoah Substance Abuse Coalition. Finally, she and her family are members of Bethel Lutheran Church where her activities include women’s ministries and Co-Coordinator of WATTS for 8 years.
McKiernan’s vision for the city of Winchester is a community with a strong sense of belonging and responsibility for neighbors. We achieve this by creating varied housing options, vibrant educational and social structures for families, younger adults, and our seniors, and a welcoming governing structure that engages all.
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” – Kofi Annan
- We need to maintain our course to strengthen the youngest and the oldest in our schools. Our stellar pre-school classes need to be fully funded and our high school students need access to a world class career and technical center.
- Major funding efforts have been made to close the salary gap with neighboring school systems. Now, we need to similar dedication as we recruit high-quality educators and retain them with equitable compensation.
- Creating a diverse housing market in Winchester will be a priority. Our retired citizens, young adults and our low income neighbors all hope to be part of our vibrant city. Yet, many simply cannot find a home in their budget. My focus will be on creating partnerships with developers and landlords to create homes to meet our diverse needs.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Our bustling activity downtown and engaging web presence is a credit to our city government and staff. As a representative of the 4th Ward, I will encourage expanding activities to the southern end of the city and further our web presence and explore different ways to communicate to our varied populations..
- Kids First. For much of my life, I have advocated for children. When faced with a decision, my first question is, “Is it good for our kids.” Strong business development, development of the arts, family focused activity and school-community partnerships all benefit our youth, our young adults and our older citizens.
“Housing is a social issue: how we live and where we live.” – Matthew Desmond
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope you can join me on September 9, 4:00-5:30 at Anthony’s on Valley Ave. The event is free and all are encouraged to join me and bring a friend. I would love to see you there!