PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Page Valley News will be publishing profiles of 10 local candidates in four contested county races in this fall’s elections beginning Aug. 14. These Q&As will be published around midday on Mondays and Thursdays over the next five weeks.
Also in September, PVN will be broadcasting pre-recorded debates between the candidates in these four contested races through our new YouTube channel.
- Age: 75
- Education: B.S., Business Administration, Virginia Tech, 1970; Luray High School, Valedictorian, 1966.
- Work: Founder and President, Louderback Enterprises, LLC, Real Estate Development 1998 to present; Analyst/Auditor, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C., 1970-1988.
- Elected office: Page County Board of Supervisors, District 2, 2020-present; member of Virginia House of Delegates, Virginia General Assembly, served 3 terms [as local delegate], 2000-2006; Page County Board of Supervisors, District 2, 1992-2000.
- Appointed Positions: Governor appointed, Virginia Cave Board, 2023; Governor appointed, Commonwealth Transportation Board, 2008.
- Family: Wife, Nadia; two sons, Lance and Chase.
- Community Service: Former President and current member of the Luray Rotary Club, 1992-present; former President and member of Luray Kiwanis Club, 1982-1992.
• Why are you running for public office?
I want to continue using my expertise from the Federal, State and Local level to improve Page County for its citizens. It is a wonderful county that I love, and has been my family’s home for generations.
• What makes you the best candidate?
My experience gained over the years and the training I acquired working with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, investigating the federal agencies for fraud, waste and abuse. It is the Board’s responsibility in our county to ensure that taxpayer’s money is spent efficiently and effectively.
• What is the most pressing issue facing Page County?
We have a severe shortage of people who want to work to staff positions in all our industries including our existing manufacturing plants, agriculture sector, and tourist industries. This labor shortage to a degree is due to the lack of affordable housing, not only for our current workforce, but also our young people who are getting out of school and trying to secure their first place to live.
• What is one thing that you would like to change or improve?
Affordable housing is probably the main area to improve at this point, but we also deal with the drug and mental health issues that are becoming more of a concern to the community.
• Briefly describe a decision you have made in a leadership role and tell why you made that decision.
During my career with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, I served as Deputy Director for Publishing with my main responsibility to improve the operations of the department. Through various cost-cutting measures, I was able to cut the budget by 30 percent, totaling $1.9 million. This proved to me that government can be economical, if properly encouraged and lead.
Early voting starts Sept. 22
For election information visit the Page County Voter Registrar.