When I first ran for Blacksburg Town Council, retiring councilman Al Leighton gave me a piece of advice: You have to meet voters where they are. They won’t come to you. On Tuesday, I won a seat on the town council after taking his advice to heart and reaching out to as many of my friends, neighbors, and supporters as possible.
I would be remiss if I did not thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement over the past few months. Whether you knocked on doors, donated to the campaign, passed out literature, or offered your take on town issues, I am grateful for your involvement in my bid for town council. I would especially like to thank my roommates, Erin and Courtney, for offering their time to stuff envelopes and stand in the cold with my fliers; my parents for spending the entire day at the polls; Leslie and John for keeping me on track; the Citizens First volunteers who helped distribute my handouts; and everyone who put up a sign, wrote a check, attended a forum, or cast a vote.
Over the next four years, I will be an advocate on the Blacksburg Town Council for responsible economic development, collaboration between the county and town, sustainable land-use decisions, and neighborhood integrity. I look forward to hearing your ideas and working on your behalf in the months and years ahead.