Mary C. Stachyra
Bio: Mary Stachyra is the founding editor of Centreville Patch and is currently the crime, courts and government editor for Prince William County sites. As a journalism student at the City University of New York, she 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 voter. My political beliefs are a hodge-podge, but in general I favor small, highly transparent government. I'm also strongly pro-life.
How religious would you consider yourself?
I am a practicing Catholic.