Meet the Candidates

Democrats are fired up about this outstanding group of candidates for Winchester City Council and you will be too when you get to know them. This is the most talented, qualified and energized group of people ever to seek public office in our great city. When we elect this group of candidates they will take us to the future we have always hoped for. Better education for our children, real engagement for our young adults, better opportunities for our workers and a transportation system that makes sense, will be just a start. If you haven’t met your candidate yet, please, make time to talk to them. They will listen. This group of candidates can and will make a difference. Register to vote by clicking the button and check out the candidates below.

Winchester City Council - Ward 1

Teri Merrill

Teri Merrill has been a professional writer, primarily specializing in health care. She received her B.A. in English from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, in 1982. Later she got her start in Chicago as a staff writer for “Hospitals” magazine, then continued writing professionally in Washington, DC, and Dallas TX, both full time and then as a freelancer.

Teri and her husband, Mark, moved to Winchester in the summer of 2009. Teri continued her certification as a master gardener with the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association, and served as county coordinator for two years. She wrote gardening, religion and feature stories for the Winchester Star.

Teri joined the Winchester Education Foundation board in 2011, and served as secretary, vice president and president; she continues on that board today. She has been tutoring children in reading at Quarles Elementary School since 2015. She writes regularly for her own enjoyment for “Senior Correspondent,” a website for writers who are 55 years and older.

Winchester City Council - Ward 3

Kim Herbstritt

Kim Herbstritt has over twenty-five years in leadership and
management of community-based coalitions. She has worked with
diverse regions developing strategies, training and technical
assistance to support community members to identify and apply
solutions to increase the quality of life of their neighborhood and

Kim has a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management and a professional background in overseeing multi-million dollar federal
grants dealing with substance abuse, community wellness, and
human trafficking. She returned to the region several years ago and
lives in Winchester. She was the Executive Director of Literacy
Volunteers- Winchester Area, an organization working to build the
literacy skills of adults. Kim is a founding member of the Non-Profit
Alliance of the Northern Shenandoah Valley which works to
strengthen the leadership, visibility, and impact of the nonprofit
sector. She currently serves as the chair of the Steering Committee.
Kim is also a member of the City of Winchester Social Service
Advisory Board. As the owner of a small business, Shady Knoll
Mushroom Farm LLC, Kim grows gourmet mushrooms selling to local restaurants and to individuals at farmer’s markets. Kim has
graduated from the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Community
Leadership Program and Winchester City’s Insight Academy.

Winchester City Council - Ward 4

Judy McKiernan

Judy comes to her candidacy from the Education 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. Judy serves as secretary for the Northern Shenandoah Alliance for Children, is on the board of CLEAN and the WATTS coordinator for Bethel Lutheran Church. She earned a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois and Bachelors in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas.

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 member for many years and has been Chairperson of North Regions from 2016 until now. Since 2013, she has been on the Council
Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

The North-End Citizens Organization has benefited from her membership throughout the years. Since Frederick County/Winchester Bright Futures came in 2017, she has been a staff member. 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 WATT for 8 years.

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