Running a locality isn’t a discussion of one or two issues at a board meeting. It’s a job. And there are many facets of it. It takes time to learn how governing works, to learn how towns and counties work. I’ve spent the last 14 years learning how to take care of Ashland. I think that experience is what I bring to a Board of Supervisor’s seat. And I know there will be much more to learn when I get there. I believe I’ve learned the crucial lessons of local government — listen to the citizens. Do your homework. Understand how everyone and everything works together. Read every plan, in detail. But all of these efforts must be in service to the kind of county that our citizens envision. That’s my goal – to work hard to make Hanover the kind of place its citizens want it to be, and grows in a way that protects that vision.
And while I know many, many issues are on the table for our leadership, I have spent a great deal of time talking with the citizens of Hanover about the ones that are most important to them. These are the issues that should be foremost in the thinking of all our leaders.