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Montgomery County VA Board of Supervisors District B

District B is in central Montgomery County and includes a portion of the Town of Christiansburg. District B communities and subdivisions include Riverwood Estates, Walton Estates, Vicker Heights, Rolling Hills subdivision, Timber Trails subdivision, Belmont Farms, Cedar Run Acres and Yellow Sulphur Village. Town of Christiansburg neighborhoods and subdivisions include Cambria, New River Village, Belmont Farms, Seneca Springs, Villas at Peppers Ferry, Midway Heights, Windmill Hills, Diamond Pointe, Vista Via, Slate Creek Commons, Oak Tree Townhomes, Woods Acres, Hill Street, Wheeling Heights, Robin Hood Estates, Hans Meadow, Lester Place, Beverly Hills, Lions Gate and La Plateau. Polling places are North Fork Baptist Church on Luster's Gate Road (Precinct B1), Church of the Brethren on South Franklin Street in Christiansburg (Precinct B2), Belmont Community Center on Dominion Drive (Precinct B3) and Christiansburg Recreation Center on North Franklin Street in Christiansburg (Precinct B4).

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  • Sherri Blevins
    (Rep)

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    Brian Lawson
    (Dem)

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What are the supervisors’ budget options for funding the county schools’ ongoing capital needs and operating budget?

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What should the Board of Supervisors do to speed the expansion of broadband coverage throughout the county?

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Biographical Information I am a small business owner originally from Fort Chiswell, but moved to the New River Valley when I was in high school. I have run restaurants and worked in sales for more than 20 years. I want to bring that experience to the Board of Supervisors in Montgomery County.
The county has many opportunities and challenges when it comes to its ongoing capital needs. As a small business owner, I understand budgets and how sometimes you have to look at needs and what you are spending money on. You also have to see if there are things that can be funded differently and make sure there is room in the budget to take care of our responsibilities. We have to look at our borrowing power, keeping in mind not to hurt our credit rating. If all these options do not get us to the goal then we have to look at ways of bringing in more revenue by looking at what grants and state help there is out there and asking for that help.
I perceive the county’s role and obligation when it comes to the Mountain Valley Pipeline by first keeping the safety of our residents a top priority - whether that is the safety of the pipeline itself and how it will impact our beautiful valley, our wildlife and the water we all drink. I also think it is the County’s obligation to listen to the concerns of our landowners and surrounding landowners affected by the pipeline.
I’ve been worked with many different people and personalities during my 28 years in the restaurant business. This includes working with many small business owners. What I have found is that we all come from different places with different life experiences. I feel it's best to spend some time getting to know and finding the foundation on what we can agree on so we can make our differences easier to communicate about. I will bring an open mind and listen to proposals and the affects those proposals have on our valley.
As a small business owner and a resident here in Montgomery County I see the challenges and the need for more reliable, accessible and affordable broadband. Our valley keeps growing, and if we are going to keep some of the best and brightest folks who are from here or who come here to get an education at one of our three fine colleges then we need to look at this as a serious issue. I think we can speed this up by looking at what is working in other parts of the country and by working with our towns, the city of Radford, and our university communities to demand and provide an up-to-date broadband system that our business community and our citizens deserve. We also need to start considering broadband a necessity keeping our businesses strong and our children from falling behind.