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January 8, 2021

Supervisors’ new chairman: Get COVID-19 vaccination

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“As a veteran and a first responder, the action that those folks took (Wednesday) hurt my heart,” says Chris Granger, who served in the Army Reserves from 1990 to 1996. “I have always had the utmost respect for our country’s institutions and those that serve.”
This going to be the year that we are going to have to get our community back on its feet and back open. There’s a vaccine. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.
— Supervisors Chairman Chris Granger
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Staff Journalist
Promising “light at the end of” the COVID-19 “tunnel,” the board of supervisors’ new chairman Thursday night urged all residents to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

In blunt language, Chris Granger (Center District) also condemned the behavior of Trump supporters who violently overtook the Capitol Wednesday, interfering with Congress’s confirmation of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Election Day victory.

By a 4-0 vote, the board Thursday elected Mr. Granger to lead the five-member panel in 2021. Supervisor Rick Gerhardt (Cedar Run) missed the Jan. 7 organizational meeting.

At length, the new board chairman alluded to the challenges that Fauquier faces this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This going to be the year that we are going to have to get our community back on its feet and back open,” said Mr. Granger, a Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department division chief who lives in Warrenton. “There’s a vaccine. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Because of his work, a few weeks ago he got vaccinated against the virus and has experienced no side effects, the 49-year-old supervisor said.

“So I would definitely encourage everybody — as the vaccine becomes available — to take it, so we can to that 75 percent (vaccination level) that the community needs” to “get past this pandemic and these closures.”

Mr. Granger, who succeeded Mary Leigh McDaniel (Marshall) as chairperson, also said county government would do its best to help local healthcare providers vaccinate residents.

“If it’s enhanced vaccination clinics — whatever needs to be done — I know that this county government is going to want to do it, and get this community back on its feet and running again.”

Elected to his first four-year board term in 2011, Mr. Granger praised the efforts of the county’s first-responders, government staff and healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 crisis.

A Republican, he also condemned the Trump-inspired mob that trashed and occupied the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress attempted to ratify President-elect
Biden’s Nov. 3 victory.

“As a veteran and a first responder, the action that those folks took (Wednesday) hurt my heart,” said Mr. Granger, who served in the Army Reserves from 1990 to 1996. “I have always had the utmost respect for our country’s institutions and those that serve.”

He added: “Whether you agree with them or not, this is a country of laws. This is a country of discussions, because we are a country of laws. What happened (Wednesday) is not how our government was designed to work, and not what our founders saw.”

The board on Thursday also elected Holder Trumbo (Scott) to serve as vice chairman in 2021.

Both Mr. Granger and Mr. Trumbo, 55, will serve one-year terms in the leadership posts.

The board will conduct its first regular, monthly meeting of the year Thursday, Jan. 14.

As chairman, Mr. Granger helps shape meeting agendas, works closely with staff and generally represents Fauquier County government on key issues. He held the chairman’s job in 2016 and the vice chairmanship in 2015.

Mr. Trumbo served as vice chairman last year and in 2011 and in 2008. He served as chairman in 2013, 2012 and 2009. Mr. Trumbo first got elected to the board in 2007.

The chairperson receives $21,378 and the vice chairperson $19,821 annually; the other board members get $18,267. Board members also qualify for health insurance through the county.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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Silii · January 11, 2021 at 8:18 am
BKS: Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or anyone who witnessed any unlawful violent actions at the Capitol or near the area, is asked to contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips. You may also submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant online at You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
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Quit deflecting. What happened Jan 6 in DC was spurned on by the traitor President of the United States. The insurgents knowingly attacked the Capitol, looking to destroy it and to capture and then who knows what to Representatives, Senators, and the staffers. What I haven't seen is what type of government these traitors want, how it will be established across the country, how the leaders will be elected, what document it will be based on, how it will replace our vast democracy including all state legislatures/governors, etc, all local governments, etc. How will it be funded?
TADD · January 10, 2021 at 6:19 am
So Jayhawk totally blew off any comments made about the assassinations by senators to Trump and Kamala Harris's behaviors. There us no difference in what me2 did to senators breaking into their offices and federal buildings. Amy Schumer led them and herself was arrested. Yes, pattern if behaviors since Trump was elected do need to be dressed out.
Jayhawk · January 9, 2021 at 1:31 pm
To "Best Kept Secrets"--Right back at you. You need to stop focussing on what YOU perceive as the faults of others. Stop relying on FOXNews and its ilk. Society in the United States, indeed the whole world, has degenerated badly. Largely I think due to overpopulation because of the "fundamentalist" religions demand for human fecundity and subservience of women. GOOD manners are a function of civilization, and we are very rapidly demonstrating that civilization is in retrograde. Extravagant emotional behavior gets attention, but does not necessarily advance rational behavior. For example, you contend that an election indicates "anti-semetic"[sic] behavior because it is a "boycott of Israel"; in fact there is no factual correlation since more than those of Jewish faith or ancestry are Semites and Israel the government is not synonymous support or opposition to a particular heritage. Likewise you clearly have no idea what facism is or that being against facism constitutes a bad thing; YOU have bought the idea --which is false -- that there is such an organism as "ANTIFA." It is false that "Oregon allowed the burning of federal buildings and take overs." The riot and armed insurrection we just observed in our Capitol is so horrendous that to try to compare it to the words and actions of public entertainers is simply beyond the pale. Yes, we MUST ALL look to our own words, our own actions, and to behavior that does not reflect the highest standards of civilized behavior. That includes uttering falsehoods to defend in indefensible.
BestKeptSecrets · January 9, 2021 at 6:16 am
Sili, how the democrats are fastly forgetting their own Maria Chappelle Nadal, a senator wanted Trump assassinated while Maxine Waters another democrat, violatile rep asked her constituents to go after Republicans. Don't forget Soros funded groups with billions of dollars at their disposal going after anything and everything that stands in the way of the push for communism in this country. Let's start with Me 2 Violent mobs whose leader was an illegal immigrant that pushed their way into senators areas, threatening them, beating the federal doors down while Kavanaugh was being confirmed. And the mayhem and dishonestly and threats targeted at him and his family including his daughters. Madonna yelling she wanted to bomb the White House and Kamala Harris on Ellen Degenerates show stating if she was locked in an elevator with TRump and Pence on the way down they would not be there insinuating she'd murder them. As the democrat leaders in states such as Oregon allowed the burning of federal buildings and take overs. We saw America lit on fire by BLM and ANTIFA. While we are suppose to applaud them. The media has been taken over by 7 men while you permit leaders in Loundon County to get reelected knowing their anti semetic behaviors and boycott of Israel. Turn off CNN and stop reading HUFF Post. Go out into the world and see it for yourself the destruction of the radical left. Omar, a rep married her brother to get into the US. Really, and you are going to throw stones at Republicans. Should I share more of the horror of the past 4 years. Nancy Pelosi ripped up Trump's speech for the world to see while Diane Fernstein gets away with having a chinese spy with her for over 10 years. Ralph Nader, independent, warned the USA and our administration for years of these germ wars. Stop using denial and see the real issues facing America and Americans.
ConcernedMom · January 8, 2021 at 12:06 pm
Sadly our country has been suffering long before Trump
Silii · January 8, 2021 at 11:45 am
It's all 'nice' that yet another Trump supporter expresses dismay about the terrorist insurgency called for and encouraged by Trump and his nasty family and advisors this past Wednesday. But, all Trump supporters are complicit because we the people were warned over and over prior to his election, we saw over and over during his reign of terror what he was, and he should have been found guilty by the US Senate and removed from office several years ago. So, stop the tears and remorse for our country. Stop trying to act like you're just so upset. Republicans in Fauquier County just voted for him again this past November so you got what you asked for - a mentally ill loser with power and hatred - and our precious country is suffering because of it.
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