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Kahlon’s platform for Manassas Park: More businesses, better schools, reduce taxes

Mehtab Singh Kahlon is running as a write-in candidate for one of two open seats on the Manassas Park Governing Body. 

The Independent is a first-time candidate.

We sent a questionnaire to Kahlon, and all other candidates seeking office for the Manassas Park Governing Body. His responses are below: 

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PLWhat are the top three major issues facing Manassas Park residents?
 
Kahlon: More Businesses, Better Schools, Reduce Taxes
 
PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?
 
Kahlon: Bring More Businesses Into the City. More jobs. More tax revenue. Better city image. Reduce water bills. Reduce real estate taxes. Invest more money into schools. Higher teacher salaries. More school buses. Get rid of auto decals.
 
PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Kahlon:
Serve the community and people you represent.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Kahlon:
 I been a well-respected member of the Manassas Park Community for over 16 years. I have over 10 years of experience working with government agencies including the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Department of Transportation, and Department of Treasury and has worked closely with Congress for four years.
 
After earning his MBA degree, I pursued further education in engineering and worked in the software industry for 17 years. I am also a successful small business owner, but my true pride rests in my family that I have encouraged to work hard in all that they do and to be involved in the community.
 
My wife Karamjit Kahlon has served Manassas Park as a Deputy Treasurer for over 11 years. Additionally, I have raised two children Amolak Singh Kahlon (MPHS Class of 2012-Valedictorian) and Navroop Kahlon (MPHS Class of 2014) who received the entirety of their K-12 educations through the Manassas Park City Schools System.
 
My vision for Manassas Park is to collaborate with residents in a grassroots capacity to develop solutions for our community’s most pressing issues.

PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well informed and understands the workings of city government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency? 
 
Kahlon: I feel average citizen is informed about and understands the working of local government, but I am planning to increase communication and improve the quality of information shared.
 
PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they affected you?
 
Kahlon: We all make mistakes in our life learning experiences, but I can not remember one now.
 
PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you?
 
Kahlon: I am a local resident for almost 16 years.

Read more Project: Election 2016 candidate profiles.

Candidate Profile

Candidate Name

Mehtab Singh Kahlon

Contact Information

https://www.facebook.com/KahlonForMP

Candidate Stats

I’m running for: Manassas Park Governing Body 

Work:

  • IT Services

School:

  • MBA 1993 – GND University
    B.Sc 1989 – GND University

Community involvement:

  • Board Member Community Education & Empowerment of UN
  • Affiliated Non-Profit Organization Friends of the American Sikh Caucus

Political affiliation:

  • Independent