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Bio: Mary Stachyra is a full-time suburban editor, but in her spare time she roams through the backwoods of Virginia on foot, in a kayak or riding a bike. She loves to travel. She studied international reporting and as a journalism student at the City University of New York reported in India and interned at MSNBC and CNN. She worked as a staff writer at a newspaper in Maryland before Patch.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I consider myself an independent. My political beliefs are a hodge-podge, but I favor small, limited, highly transparent government. I'm also strongly pro-life.
How religious would you consider yourself?
I am a practicing Catholic.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Education is definitely an important topic for the families in our area. I also think that development and land use will become increasingly contentious issues as Centreville continues to grow. And then there's the omnipresent issue of traffic, traffic and more traffic.