PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Page Valley News has been publishing profiles of local candidates in contested races for the Luray and Shenandoah councils in this fall’s elections over recent weeks. Each race features four candidates for three open seats, and voters may cast ballots for up to three candidates.
• Age: 22
• Education: B.A., Government – Public Policy, Harvard University, 2023; Associates Degree, Lord Fairfax, 2019; Luray High School, 2019.
• Experience: Appointee, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, 2022-present; Governor’s Fellow, Commonwealth of Virginia (Labor Secretariat), Summer 2022; White House Intern, The White House, Summer 2020; District 1 Representative, Page County Economic Development Authority, 2020-2021; Columnist, Page Valley News, 2020-2022.
• Community: Food Pantry Assistant Manager and Grant Writer, Page One, 2019-present.
• Family: Mother, Betty White; Father, Jack White.
• Why are you running for public office?
I am running because I want to give back to the place that has given me so much opportunity. If we want Luray to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family, then we need a young person at the table. I believe that I can bring that fresh perspective.
• What makes you the best candidate?
My youth, extensive government experience, and roots as a working class kid mean that I am uniquely prepared to serve. I can connect with our community’s young working families, while also being able to leverage my network of leaders at the highest levels.
• What is the most pressing issue facing the Town of Luray?
Luray has to continue to be a great place to live, not just visit. That means taking steps to ensure that the people who live here have access to good jobs close to home, an affordable standard of living, and resources addressing an addiction epidemic that destroys lives. We can and should do more to ensure the quality of life of those who call Luray home.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve about Luray?
I would like for our town to have an even closer relationship with the church-driven charities and nonprofits that do so much for our community. Places like Page One and the Rec are doing great things, and we know that we can accomplish even more when we coordinate.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
While serving on the Page County Economic Development Authority, I cast the deciding vote for the board to participate in a countywide study on the future of our local agricultural economy. Since then, there have been several successful public gatherings, connections between restaurants and farmers, and work towards bringing back our local farm markets. I cannot take credit for any of that (the results have been the work of many other people), but my decisive vote in favor showed that I have a bias towards taking action on behalf of our area.