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April 25, 2018

Keith Macdonald abandons town council campaign

Keith MacDonald
Keith Macdonald confirmed Wednesday morning that he has dropped out of the race for one of two at-large seats on the Warrenton Town Council.

Mr. Macdonald, however, told a FauquierNow reporter Monday morning that he had not abandoned his campaign.

A Fauquier Times story published Wednesday said he made the decision Sunday.

“I did not lie,” Mr. Macdonald said Wednesday morning of his denial. “I simply have a soft spot for print media. And, you have done me no favors . . . .”

Mr. Macdonald, whose name still will appear on the May 1 ballot, has endorsed incumbent Sean Polster and challenger Renard Carlos.

“Notices will be placed in the Central Absentee Precinct and all Town of Warrenton polling places indicating that Mr. Macdonald is no longer a candidate,” Fauquier General Registrar Alex Ables said in an email Wednesday afternoon.

> Copy of notice at bottom of story

At last week’s candidate forum, Mr. Macdonald criticized incumbent Linda “Sunny” Reynolds for allegedly failing to return phone calls about his proposed mixed-use development of his property at Diagonal and Winchester streets for “Library 2.0.”

The 56-year-old real estate investor also has criticized Ms. Reynolds for supporting the large mixed-use rezoning along Walker Drive and approval of an assisted living home on the American Legion property.

Although he entered the race in late February, Mr. Macdonald has not filed campaign finance reports — due April 16 and April 23 — with the State Board of Elections.

The three other candidates for Warrenton council seats and mayoral candidates Carter Nevill and Grace Rigby filed campaign finance reports on time.

A candidate found guilty of failing to do so would face a civil fine of up to $100, according to state law.

Notice of Candidate Withdrawal for Precincts by Fauquier Now on Scribd

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TooTrue · May 2, 2018 at 8:58 am
William and Rover530 each had some good points. Lucky for Warrenton neither Keith nor Sunny have a seat on the Town Council.
William Semple · April 26, 2018 at 5:41 pm
P.s. There is no way to edit these comments once posted except by calling Technical Support, which I did not do for a missing "y".
William Semple · April 26, 2018 at 5:34 pm
I am fascinated by your suggestion that there is a group of “natives” in Warrenton or Fauquier Count who somehow define what’s best for the community, that we "interlopers" are the reason Warrenton is no longer the vibrant town you believe it once was.

My wife bought our house in Warrenton in 1994. I first came to Fauquier County in 1949. My mother was born at Ashby Glen Farm near Delaplane in 1911. Her mother was born at Ashby Glen in 1887. Her mother's mother was born in 1862, also at Ashby Glen. In fact, the Ashby's first located to Fauquier County in the early 18th Century. Thomas Ashby bought 320 acres by Warrant on May 21, 1741, which is now "Yew Hill," the second oldest structure in the County.

The irony is that the Warrenton you miss is what we "interlopers" want back. To keep up with a growing population -- it has doubled since 1994 -- the Town has adopted policies that encourage what I call "proliferation of the periphery." Think Walmart.These policies, and those like them, have eviscerated small towns and villages across the country. So, placing amenities that once were in the center of town on its edges is not the answer.

Just think, Manassas was a town much like Warrenton. Now look at it.

I also never said that the town council or the board of supervisors was required to hire a consultant for "every flipping condition." I believe that the Council should have conducted an independent economic study for this decision, given the scope of the project. This project will forever change the character of more than one neighborhood and this project deserved greater attention as to its impacts, because we will be living with them for a lifetime.
Capt C · April 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm
"The Council voted on an increasingly speculative plan where upon approval they only had a vague idea of what might be built there, leaving it to a Post Zoning Master Development Plan for specifics. They paid no attention to residents who moved to Warrenton to get away from movie theaters, bowling alleys, and traffic. "

And there is the whole problem, giftwrapped and laid right out. Before you moved here this was a great place to live. You did not take into consideration the wishes of us Natives before or after you came. It is "I am here now and I rule". Before you came here we had 2 theaters, Main and a drive in, a bowling alley, game rooms, a thriving main st. and so on. Now that you are here it isn't anything but houses everywhere and a couple soccer fields. the businesses that are needed to support the community are not allowed to come in because of the "not in my backyard " mentality. The town council and board of supervisors can't make a flipping decision unless they have hired a consultant to tell them what to do. That is their job, to figure it out!!!! What the hell man? Why do we even have a town counsel or a board of supervisors? We need to dissolve both boards and just hire consultants for every dam thing. SAVE FAUQUIER-move back to where you came from.
William Semple · April 25, 2018 at 8:33 pm
Who are you, Rover 530? Would you identify yourself, rather than stand behind a wall of anonymity when making equally mean-spirited comments like this?
Rover 530 · April 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm
OK, he pulled out of the race. He was a loser from the beginning. His open hatred for and mean-spirited bullying of Sunny Reynolds is sad, very sad. Good riddance. Now, maybe he can concentrate his talents and resources on quickly finishing the renovation of his eyesore property on Winchester Street.
BJ · April 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm
With the closing of Sears, and the many empty storefronts around Town, the Walker Drive project is nothing but a ploy to make money for the Forstens, not to make Warrenton a better place to live.
William Semple · April 25, 2018 at 1:48 pm
I came away believing from the forum convinced that Keith MacDonald had outlined the best plan for the future of Warrenton. However, Keith's remaining in the race could conceivably split the vote among those who, like him, seek integrity and transparency in this Council, qualities that I believe have been sorely lacking over the past few years. For example, the current Council voted on Walker Drive-- 396,838 sq. ft. of commercial, residential and industrial use, one of the largest developments ever approved -- without ordering an independent, objective economic study of the development's impact on either the Central Business District, Broadview Ave or the community at large. A strong majority of councilpersons made up their mind before the public hearing, making a mockery of that proceeding. The Council voted on an increasingly speculative plan where upon approval they only had a vague idea of what might be built there, leaving it to a Post Zoning Master Development Plan for specifics. They paid no attention to residents who moved to Warrenton to get away from movie theaters, bowling alleys, and traffic. We may not like all of the decisions made by our Town Council, but what we need are council persons whose integrity and vision are cornerstones to their philosophy of governance. In this race, those two persons are Sean Polster and Renard Carlos.
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