|Alleghany County Supervisor Candidate Vannorsdahl Issues Statement|
Clifton Forge, VA (Nov. 6, 2017) - Editor's note: the AlleghanyJournal.com has published its intention to allow any local candidate to make a statement about their candidacy or come in for a video interview.
Ms. Joan Vannorsdahl is a candidate for Supervisor for the Clifton Forge East District and she provided the information below:
"On November 7th, we will go to the polls to elect two Clifton Forge citizens to serve on the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors. As a resident of Clifton Forge District One, I am running for one of the two County Supervisor positions from our town. I hope I have the opportunity to talk with you and listen to your concerns as I go door-to-door this fall.
"Please take a few minutes to read this brief overview of who am I and why I am running for a Supervisorâ€™s seat this year. Then go to the polls on November 7th to vote with confidence.
"Having lived in Clifton Forge with my family from 1982-1990, I am deeply attached to our town: its people, its history, its beauty, and its determination. So when I retired in 2013 from teaching at Salem High School, I chose to return to Clifton Forge.
"I grew up in Gettysburg, PA, where my father, a Lutheran minister, was the Chaplain at Gettysburg College. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English from St. Olaf College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. In addition to raising three children, I spent my working life teaching and writing and in nonprofit fundraising and publicity.
"Since returning to Clifton Forge, I have served on the Boards of the Alleghany Highlands YMCA and the Clifton Forge Public Library. I am the Project Director for the Whatâ€™s Your Story? oral history project, in cooperation with the Alleghany Historical Society. I am an active volunteer at the Historic Masonic Theatre and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. It has been a joy to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as I take part in much of what our area offers.
Returning to Clifton Forge has provided me an opportunity to appreciate many things about the Alleghany Highlands. We have a thriving community college in partnership with our schools, training students for 21st century employment. Our arts organizationsâ€”the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and Alleghany Arts Councilâ€”provide high-quality events and classes. The Historic Masonic Theatre brings nationally acclaimed entertainers to its stage and serves as a gathering place for the Highlands. Covingtonâ€™s Historic Main Street and Clifton Forge Main Street are revitalizing our downtowns. And we have strong, forward-thinking leadership in all three of our political entities -Alleghany County, the City of Covington, and the Town of Clifton Forge.
"I am running for the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors to continue the Highlandsâ€™ forward movement. I will be a strong advocate for the needs and interests of Clifton Forge as part of the Alleghany Highlands, and I will communicate openly and often with District One voters. I firmly believe that the continued forward movement of our community will occur most efficiently through respectful dialogue and joint decision-making for the well-being of the entire Alleghany Highlands.
"Regardless of mailing addressâ€”be it in the County, the Town of Clifton Forge, or the City of Covingtonâ€”we must work collaboratively for the collective good in the coming years. I welcome your input as, together, we move forward."
All the best,