I am excited to announce that I am running for re-election to the Blacksburg Town Council alongside Council Members John Bush and Jerry Ford. While we are running unopposed for our council seats, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and encouragement. I am proud of the Town Council’s record of service to the community over the past four years:
- Voted unanimously in favor of a rezoning and development agreement for the Old Blacksburg Middle School property. This site will include a new police station, parking garage, hotel, office buildings, apartments, and a three-acre park.
- Reviewed numerous requests for additional housing in Blacksburg. Throughout the discussions, I have considered the effects of Virginia Tech growth on our neighborhoods and community.
- Supported the Downtown Strategic Plan, which presents a forward-thinking vision for our downtown.
- Made changes to the Zoning Ordinance to allow food trucks, homestays, accessory apartments, and backyard chickens.
- Celebrated the completion of new Rescue Squad Station on Patrick Henry Drive.
- Accepted the Meadow park into the town and supported the extension of the Huckleberry Trail.
- Supported the launch of the Roam New River Valley bike share and appropriated funds for the Mountain Bike Skills Park.
- Entered into a contract with the owner of the Old Blacksburg High School property which would preserve the front and back of the property for town use. The Town Council will hear a rezoning request on this in the late summer.
- Established a council-appointed Business Relations Committee. This gives local businesses a forum to discuss development issues and make recommendations to improve business climate.
- Approved an ordinance to make street parking permits cheaper and improve the operation and enforcement of the permit parking system.
Since I was first elected in 2011, I have been able to share my perspective on these and other issues facing our community. I have also served on the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization since 2012 and on the Blacksburg Planning Commission since 2018.
While Blacksburg has made a great deal of progress over the years, we have more work to do. From addressing the challenges of Virginia Tech’s growth to ensuring that we balance economic development with protecting our neighborhoods and environment, I look forward to building on our successes over the next four years.
John, Jerry, and I would appreciate your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5. You can find out more about registering to vote or updating your registration before the Oct. 15 deadline on the Virginia Department of Elections website.