Waynesboro will hold its Municipal election on May 3. There are three contested races for the City Council and one contested race for the School Board.
The Waynesboro City Council is composed of five Council members. Four of those members represent Wards A, B, C, and D. One member is elected at-large to represent the entire City.
Ward A has been represented by Tim Williams and the at-large Council member has been Frank Lucente. Both Tim and Frank have been extraordinarily good Councilmen. Regretfully, Tim and Frank have decided not to seek re-election.
Waynesboro has been blessed with a City Council that is wise and prudent. Its members have meticulously balanced the need for appropriate services with the requirement for thrift. Because we have had excellent leadership in recent years, Waynesboro has been a City in ascendancy. While some other comparable municipalities in Virginia are in decline, Waynesboro has flourished.
Waynesboro is a city with a population of 21,000. Yet, our hometown has the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Fishburne Military School, Invista, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and fibers, the Wayne Theatre, the Generals baseball team and the Eagles Nest Airport.
Waynesboro is truly a remarkable city. However, to keep Waynesboro on the right track, we need good leaders. That is why the men and women of the Waynesboro Republican Committee ask you to elect John Henry (Sonny) Smith to the City Council and Alex Stevens to the School Board on May 3.
Sonny Smith is a City Council candidate from Ward A. In a Municipal election, anyone in the City may vote for a Council candidate. Voters do not need to reside in the same Ward as the candidate.
Here is some information that you should know about Sonny. He was born in Waynesboro and attended the local schools. He was the oldest of four children and left home at an early age. He began his work-life as a heavy-equipment operator, working on road-building in the area.
At the age of 21, he obtained a Commercial Drivers License. For the next thirty-five years he owned and operated tractor trailers and dump trucks. He drove in nearly every State in the Union and worked on some the largest construction projects in Virginia.
Sonny believes that the City Council is not rocket science. He contends that the five Council members who represent the people of Waynesboro should be honest, should hold conservative values and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Alex Stevens is a candidate for the School Board. He has been a Waynesboro resident for 11 years. After living in Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York, he and his wife Emily chose Waynesboro to build their family and their careers. They have three daughters, two of whom attend the Waynesboro schools and the third of whom will start soon.
He is the founder and President of Blue Pixel, a national marketing company based in Waynesboro. Blue Pixel’s clients include SONY, Best Buy, Firestone and Verizon. Prior to founding Blue Pixel, Alex was an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker and television producer. He was a Producer, Executive Producer and Head of Production for Networks including the Discovery Channel, HBO and ESPN. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The American University.
Alex believes that government needs to be efficient and effective, and wants to bring that philosophy and his business experience to the School Board. He believes that the members of the School Board must be strong advocates for students and good stewards of the resources provided to them by the City.
The Waynesboro Republicans endorse Sonny Smith for City Council and Alex Stevens for School Board and ask you to vote for them on Tuesday, May 3.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Waynesboro Virginia Republican Committee.