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April 23, 2018 · OPINION

Council candidate has experience and passion

By Tony Tedeschi

Most of us have a common foundation: We love where we live, enjoy raising our families here, do our best to keep our neighborhoods safe and sound, and will always lend a helping hand. We want to be able to afford to remain here, too.

Back in 2005, my wife and I created the Warrenton Lifestyle magazine to celebrate all the good things that this town offers. Although we sold the magazine almost two years ago, my passion for Warrenton has not faded. The upcoming town council election on May 1 is one of the important times that we get to set the direction for our community.

Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds and I have a long friendship, sustained for almost 30 years. We have worked together with dozens of local non-profit organizations, done business together, shared friendships and traveled with her travel company. Ms. Reynolds has always been the volunteer you could count on to roll up her sleeves to make a community event happen. She has served us well both independently and on the town council with a very careful eye on government spending.

Long-time Warrenton public servants are endorsing her because of her ability to be bold and fair knowing she works unselfishly and tirelessly for the citizens of Warrenton. Yes, she’s outspoken. Ms. Reynolds doesn’t hide, is always willing to listen and makes tough decisions. She’s the real deal.

Ms. Reynolds has served us with hard work, money and dedication to our community. She is never afraid of a challenge. Compare her community service to those she is running against. There is no other council candidate with close to her experience and passion to do the job well.

When elected four years ago, Ms. Reynolds faced the challenge of what was being neglected in Warrenton. Frankly, our water and sewer systems were near failing (as stated by the consultants that reviewed them), support for our police and for the fire departments was not where it should have been, and the town was stuck with some financial albatrosses. In four years, Ms. Reynolds made sure that our infrastructure was addressed with major projects underway to shore up our systems for the next 25 years. Our police department is fully staffed, and our fire department received more appropriate funding within our town. Soon, a failed investment by the town will be sold/returned to the private sector where it belongs — off the books of our tax-funded government and back on the tax rolls.

Ms. Reynolds also led the way to help local citizens establish the Walker Drive project, which aims to bring a much-desired entertainment complex to Warrenton with a movie theater or modern bowling alley — a project only one councilman voted against. Soon, we will have more options for date night in Warrenton!

Ms. Reynolds is leading the way to work with Fauquier County to fight the opioid crisis, create an arts district downtown and to insure that small businesses have a welcome home here.

Please vote May 1.
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