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: 65
• Education: MSEd, Shenandoah University, 1996; BSEd, Industrial Arts, Virginia Tech, 1980.
• Work: Technology Education Teacher, Sherando High School, Frederick County (5th year); Luray High School (9 years); bulk of teaching in Rappahannock County (over 25 years).
• Military service: Honorable discharge from USMC 1988, Combat Engineer, Rank of Sergeant.
• Elected office: Luray Town Council
• Community involvement: Virginia Technology Education & Engineering Association, past president, currently Publications Editor and Historian; Page County Habitat for Humanity, over 20 years; Luray Ruritan Club.
• Family: Wife, Layne; four children, Clay, Joe, Carolyn and Ben.
• Why are you running for public office?
This will be my third election to this office and I believe I have more to offer the citizens of Luray. I never got involved in this to stay for life, but I am humbled to serve. I like the challenges that come up when we try to make decisions that benefit all residents of Luray.
• What makes you the best candidate?
I will not claim to be the best candidate, but I do bring a different perspective to the council because of my association with youth my whole adult life (at the schools where I’ve worked, in the Boy Scouts my sons were a part of, etc). I value open dialogue and the rule of law. I’m not bothered about the need for 6-0 votes by the council. Luray residents elect us to debate and consider the most important local issues. I don’t go into meetings with my mind all made up. I want to hear what others have to add.
• What is the most pressing issue facing the Town of Luray?
The pain and misery from drug addiction has been prevalent in our society for years. I fully support our law enforcement in their efforts to help these folks. And I’d like to see us do more to put together a holistic approach (with counselors and doctors) to make sure people suffering from drug addiction (and their families) get the support they need.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve about Luray?
I’d love for Luray to continue to become a better steward of the earth. Lots of folks agree with me that we should not waste resources. I want to strive to continue to include citizens more in decisions we make. We live in a beautiful place in this world, and I’d love to keep it that way.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
In my first term, I pushed for the town to have a Facebook page. There was strong opposition at the time, and I just kept the idea on the surface. It took time to allay the fears of some that it would be a bad thing. Today I believe it is one of the best ways we have to get information out to the public very quickly and at very little taxpayer cost.