PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Page Valley News will be publishing profiles of local candidates in contested races for the Luray and Shenandoah councils in this fall’s elections over the next few weeks. Each race features four candidates for three open seats, and voters may cast ballots for up to three candidates.
• Age: 49
• Education: High school, Mt. Carmel Christian Academy.
• Work: Eastern Mennonite University, Auxiliary Services, 2022; Harrisonburg Auto Auction, 2007; Shenandoah National Park, 2000; Town of Luray, 2000.
• Family: Wife, Melissa Hilliard.
• Why are you running for public office?
To ensure all town residents are represented and voices heard regardless of social status, or if having differing views. Help to make the town of Luray a safe and profitable place to live for all town residents.
• What makes you the best candidate?
I will be a representative of the people and will directly engage with town residents to take ownership in shaping the future of their town.
• What is the most pressing issue facing the Town of Luray?
Lack of quality jobs for a sustainable way of life and quality standard of living for town residents.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve about Luray?
The town council work towards a better balance and focus on quality jobs for town residents, and tourism with more focus on our own town residents.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
As president of a nonprofit organization for 20 years making decisions on how to raise money and how to properly distribute it to deserving entities.