Dear Citizens of the White Hall district,
I have been honored to represent you in local government for the last four years and I ask for your support as I seek re-election in November 2015. Representing you is a joyful challenge, as you are the most engaged citizenry in the county. Having so many of you sharing your interests and concerns helps maintain our quality of life. I can be most effective when a team of citizens is working along with me. Thank you.
Why do I seek another term? I would like to continue because I enjoy working with others to provide solutions and connecting people to those tasked with solving specific problems. Achieving small successes on a local level, conversing with citizens in the grocery or at a board meeting, working with board colleagues with different perspectives – all are ways that I enjoy serving on the Board of Supervisors.
I work to find the middle, because that is where our citizens are, and where we can find a majority for a decision. No one will ever achieve success working only on the extremes, talking only to people with whom they agree. Bringing people together at town halls and at community meetings helps us all gain understanding and common ground.
Where do we go from here? What is the challenge we face? Our county is growing, and providing services for a growing county requires revenue. As we grow we must remain a place where all residents can find a place to call home. As citizens age, they should not be driven out by costs which far outpace their resources.
As the County grows we must remember what makes it special: our sense of place – the mountains, farms, crossroad villages, and towns; our educational opportunities; a focus on our county’s natural resources and scenic beauty; a place where small businesses can thrive and grow; and a place where residents can grow old in connection with their families, their neighborhoods, and churches.
I hope you will join me in this effort.