Community activist and young professional Michael Sutphin has entered the race for the 2011 Blacksburg Town Council election.
“This November, we must elect forward-thinking leaders who understand why ‘kitchen table’ issues matter in a tough economy and who will make sure our local government remains open, accountable and responsive to the people,” Sutphin said.
In his bid for town council, Sutphin is promoting an approach to local government that allows the town to grow and prosper while maintaining its quality of life. He is running on a platform of economic development, regional cooperation, smart growth and neighborhood integrity.
In the 2009 Blacksburg Town Council election, Sutphin garnered 2,097 votes and an endorsement from The Roanoke Times. He hopes to build on his support from the previous election in the 2011 race.
Sutphin graduated from the Blacksburg Citizens’ Institute in 2009 and now serves on the Blacksburg Long Range Planning Committee and the Blacksburg Housing and Community Development Advisory Board. He is also on Equality Virginia’s board of directors.
A writer by trade, Michael has lived in Blacksburg for the past nine years. He enrolled in classes at Virginia Tech in 2002 and served as a student leader and a news editor and reporter for the Collegiate Times during his college years. Michael graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and has worked as a public relations specialist at Virginia Tech for five years.