Candidate for Herndon Town Council
Education: BS, business administration, Georgetown University; graduate studies, industrial engineering, George Washington University.
Occupation: Owner, Castro Travel Agency; planning coordinator, Herndon Official Day Labor Center.
Elected offices/civic activities: President, Vecinos Unidos/Neighbors United; Spanish language translator, Herndon Police Citizens Support Team; Spanish language instructor, Fairfax County Police Academy; Spanish language instructor, Northern Virginia Police Academy; ESL instructor, Reston Interfaith; planning coordinator, Herndon Official Day Labor Center.
What do you think is the most urgent problem facing your jurisdiction? "The melding of the many cultures that make up Herndon's community is both an opportunity and a challenge. The challenge is how to incorporate the new without losing touch with our roots. Herndon needs a bridge to unite our community and bring about positive change. I am committed to work as a bridge to unite these two worlds, to help incorporate the new members into our community, creating a united, compassionate, prosperous community that will not allow divisiveness to prosper. We must work together to unite our community."
Why should voters elect you? "Fifteen years as a street police translator, experience as an international development banker and consultant give me the unique experience required for the job."
Web site: Jorgeforcouncil.com
E-mail address: Jorgerochacz@earthlink.net