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April 19, 2018 · OPINION

A candidate who goes beyond “clever one-liners”

By Bert van Gils
Warrenton

Sunny Reynolds is the real deal.

During the candidate forum Wednesday night at Taylor Middle School, there was a moment when the real difference between the candidates became crystal clear. A fluff question was asked that went something like this: “If a magic fairy came down to sprinkle fairy dust on the Town of Warrenton, what would you wish for?” (My apologies for the poor paraphrasing.)

Most of the answers to that question entailed wishing for nice things like more music, more entertainment, more nice restaurants, etc. — all good things we can use more of. When it was Ms. Reynolds’ turn to answer that question, she brought up a dark and disturbing issue. She said that while she did not wish for the conversation to turn negative, she would wish for the end of the opioid epidemic.

This is classic Sunny. She doesn’t always appear to say the nice pretty things, doesn’t crack many jokes, doesn’t have clever one-liners. She doesn’t trot out buzz words like “transparency,” “communication” or “fresh perspective” without a detailed plan on how to achieve those attributes. She can be blunt and brutally honest. Scratch the surface just a tiny bit, and you find someone with depth and compassion — and just plain smarts.

I know people who have had children die from opioid overdoses. I struggle to imagine the pain. Imagine a world without it. Ms. Reynolds cares a great deal about people and her community. She has brought positive change to the town council. She studies and works hard and finds practical solutions.

She also has a great deal of dignity. She was called out by name and personally attacked during the debate and did not react. During my time with the Warrenton Regional Chamber of Commerce, I had the pleasure of coming to know many stellar people. I can state without equivocation, no one worked harder or cared more than Ms. Reynolds. She is a gift to the Town of Warrenton. It would be a mistake not to put her back on the town council.
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