Our Future is Promising…and It Starts Now

I want to talk about why we need a change on our Board of Supervisors in Frederick County, and why I am running. We need to ensure that our children have a bright future for their own children, which is why we need leaders with vision – not just individuals with political agendas.

Many of you only know me by name or face, but let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in Arizona and lived there 40 years before moving to California. Phoenix was where I met my beautiful wife, to whom I’ve been married 44 years. We have two children, both of them raised with a strong religious foundation. We were also very involved with our children’s schools, participating in the PTA. My wife was “Homeroom Mom.”

In 1990, my job took us to the San Diego area. Our son and daughter both received their degrees from a local college and went on get their Masters. My daughter moved to Virginia in 2004, working for the government. She married eight years ago and now has two children. My son moved to Virginia in 2006, married his husband five years ago and also works for the government.

You and I have followed different paths, but we have experienced many of the same hardships and joys, and we share similar dreams. We lived paycheck-to-paycheck early in my career, sometimes working two jobs, to ensure that our children were able to get the best that we could give them.

I am running for the Board of Supervisors because we need to start making positive and forward-thinking changes now. Frederick County is one of the fastest-growing and most desirable counties in Virginia. The county’s population is expected to grow 30 percent in the next 20 years – from 90,000 to 117,000. We need people with the vision to prepare our county for this expansion in business, education, and infrastructure. We cannot have people in power who follow their own agendas or do not have the necessary experience to lead – people who tell us, “That’s how it has always been done.” We need leaders with vision, leadership capabilities and proven experience.

Since moving here seven years ago, I have been involved with:

  • Education…working for Head Start, on several committees with the Winchester and Frederick County public school systems, and on the development team for Inspire 2025, a strategic plan for FCPS.
  • Business…serving as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce, working with over 800 members to assist in growing their businesses and developing relationships with senior leadership and small business owners, and serving on the Virginia State Board of Directors for Chamber of Commerce Executives.
  • Community…working extensively with a number of non-profits. While on the Blue Ridge Hospice Board, I was appointed interim CEO, where I served for a year and a half, navigating the impact of the COVID pandemic. I also serve on the steering committee of the Non-Profit Alliance of the Shenandoah Valley, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, and have participated on several Shenandoah University committees.

I could have chosen to run for the Frederick County Board of Supervisors as an Independent, but the Democratic party ideas most closely align with my own values. As such, I’m running as a moderate Democrat, striving to reach Independents and moderate Republicans. I believe in the 2 nd Amendment for all Americans, which protects the right to gun ownership, but I also believe that there should be common-sense laws regulating high-powered, military-style weapons. I believe in equality and opportunity for all people and in protecting the rights for people of all races, religions and genders in our community. I believe in the availability of healthcare for all and private insurance as an option. I believe in investing in our schools and community for high quality education for our children, with supporting infrastructure such as housing, broadband, and transportation. I believe in promoting business growth to elevate incomes for our families, financed in such a way that it provides a fair and equitable return on our investment.

If you agree with me that it is time for a sensible change on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors…time for leaders with the vision to take us into the future…I hope you will support my campaign with a donation (CLICK HERE) or your volunteer support (CLICK HERE). And thank you for your encouragement.

PS: As we prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks of 9/11, I know you join me in acknowledging and thanking our own first responders and others who bravely put their lives on the line every day.

Richard refereeing
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