Thursday, May 8, 2014

Choosing a New Town Councilman

As we move towards replacing Mayor-elect Mike Olinger on town council, my hope is that council will move in an open and transparent manner. We need to make the position available for all residents to apply for the appointment to town council. It is important for us to be accountable to the people.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Thank you.

Thank you for your vote. I am honored to be a member of the next Culpeper Town Council.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Here's why I am asking for your vote on May 6th

Public Involvement and Accountability
As your town councilman, my sole responsibility is to represent your needs to the town government. Too many times "the people" are left out of major decisions that effect their pocketbooks and way of life. My desire is to give your voice a seat at the table. This starts with increasing community involvement in major decisions by creating a citizen committee to advise the council on the hiring of department heads; opening up council committee meetings to allow the public to speak; involving the public in the creation of a mission statement for the town. Your opinions must be honored in all decisions. 

Economic Development

We need to bring light industrial, tech and medical service jobs to Culpeper. These jobs will improve our economic engine so more people can live, work and play in Culpeper instead of commuting to D.C. We have seen an increase in retail businesses opening in Culpeper and while these businesses are important they only provide a minimal income for our people. My commitment is to actively promote our town to bring jobs to our area. 

Senior Citizens

Pew Research estimates that baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. These numbers are staggering, yet they point us to a very real economic opportunity in Culpeper. Our town's history runs deep in the fabric of the nation and we should be leveraging our community as not only a tourism hub for seniors, but also a great place to retire. Think of all the industries that cater to senior citizens from charter buses, health services, senior housing, recreation and more.

Even though our primary efforts on economic development should be on light industrial, tech and small business, there is a large segment of the economy devoted to senior living. It is incumbent upon us to factor our senior citizens into our communities economic development plan.


Public Safety
Our town's police department has received a lot of negative press in the last couple of years. This negative attention does not represent the vast majority of our law enforcement officers, but rather a couple of incidents that should have been handled much differently. With a surge in heroin in our community we need a law enforcement department that is focused on doing their jobs and leadership that is committed to proper training and management. Town council should not interfere with the chain of command or inject politics into the department. We owe it to our residents to make sure the highest priority of our town is public safety. 

We have a lot of work to do to make our town an even better place to live. I ask for your vote on May 6th. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senior Citizens in Culpeper Play a Role in Economic Development

Pew Research estimates that baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. These numbers are staggering, yet they point us to a very real economic opportunity in Culpeper. Our town's history runs deep in the fabric of the nation and we should be leveraging our community as not only a tourism hub for seniors, but also a great place to retire. Think of all the industries that cater to senior citizens from charter buses, health services, senior housing, recreation and more.

Even though our primary efforts on economic development should be on light industrial, tech and small business, there is a large segment of the economy devoted to senior living. It is incumbent upon us to factor our senior citizens into our communities economic development plan.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Culpeper Local Candidates Forum

Today the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce held a local candidates forum at Germanna Community College. The event highlighted all 7 candidates running for town council and both candidates running for mayor. All of the candidates did a good job presenting their points of view. It was very evident how much passion each candidate had for the town. The forum will be available for the public to view on the Culpeper Media Network. I look forward to future forums in the weeks to come.