I am thankful that we live in a great country that gives to us many freedoms, economic opportunities, and avenues to improve institutions and conditions peacefully. I am also thankful to live in the Commonwealth of Virginia and in Northern Virginia, where we have enjoyed economic growth and prosperity, competent governance, and a strong social fabric. Like many Northern Virginians, I see economic, social, and governance challenges, including reduced federal resources in our area, strong competition from other US and even international sources, and environmental pressures that could diminish our quality of life. There is no doubt that we can do even better to build a strong future. We can overcome the economic, educational, and environmental challenges that we face – but we will not do so clinging to the answers of the past.
We need new ideas and solutions for our region, changes that are unlikely to emerge looking only to the orthodoxy of the two political parties that have in effect divided up the state. Virginia is not a Red or Blue State, but a Purple State in which our ideas are not chained to partisan divides. That is why I have chosen to run as a candidate of the Independent Green Party for the Delegate seat from the 49th House of Delegates District. Our District presents a rich mosaic of peoples and a meaningful history, but it is at a crossroads of development and growth. It needs political leaders who offer maximum room for fresh ideas while always focusing on accountability.
As an Independent Green Party Member in the House of Delegates, I will be bound by loyalty to the Commonwealth and all the people of 49th District first and foremost. I will stand up for what is right and necessary, and I will strive to make the House of Delegates (and General Assembly as a whole) a pragmatic place for bettering our Commonwealth and its conditions. Doctrinaire confrontations will not solve our problems. Only thoughtful and realistic approaches that offer both a stable base for the long term and compassion for those who truly need our help now will build the kind of [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]
Terry Modglin has lived in Northern Virginia for 40 years – almost all of his adult life. Modglin is the father of two and the grandfather of five.
A scholarship to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service brought him to the Nation’s Capital. He financed his degree by combining the scholarship with loans and part-time jobs.
He accepted a position with then-U.S. Representative Leonor Sullivan of Missouri and headed the staff of the Panama Canal Subcommittee for five years, including protecting U.S. interests in the turnover of the Canal to the Panamanian government. During that same period, he used his veteran’s education benefit to earn a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Politics and Urban Finance. This work, coupled with his travels to Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and Europe, has given him insights into the cultures and countries that the United States must deal with in today’s world.
Modglin went on to pioneer programs for public safety and crime prevention with the National Crime Prevention Council as Director of Municipal and Youth Programs. He now is the principal officer for Impact International, a policy and communications consulting firm.
After graduating from Georgetown, he served for four years in the U.S. Army, chiefly as an officer in the 173d Airborne Brigade (including 20 months in Vietnam) and the 101st Airborne Division.
He created and took to a national level the Teens, Crime and the Community program (including text, activities, teacher’s guide, and training), which enabled thousands of young people to make themselves safer and reduce crime in their schools and neighborhoods children. He co-founded the National Youth Crime Prevention Conference, which for more than 20 years brought hundreds of young people together from around the nation to learn and share prevention and safety strategies. Modglin next became executive director of Youth Crime Watch of America, which helps young people learn how to prevent and address crime in their schools. In that position, he strengthened the instructional materials, training regimen, and national access to the program and developed a kit of localizable materials for teachers and law enforcement officers to use in working with youth.
In addition to his keen interest in public policy issues, he is president of the founding chapter of the 173d Airborne Brigade Association, has completed 26 consecutive Marine Corps Marathons, and has spent 26 consecutive years coaching 11-12 year old boys’ basketball in the Falls Church City Recreation league. He is founding president of the 173d Airborne Brigade Memorial Foundation and a member of the Executive Board of the Border Patrol Foundation.
He was awarded two Bronze Stars for service.