Candidates address issues at forum, voter interest lies in Mineral’s board of supervisors’ race

Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

The Central Virginian, in conjunction with the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a Candidates’ Forum on Oct. 29. Mark Alberts, Willie Harper and Stephanie Koren are running for the Mineral District Board of Supervisor seat. Ginger Stanley, executive director of Virginia Press Association, moderated the debate.

The Central Virginian, in conjunction with the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored a Candidates’ Forum on Oct. 29. Mark Alberts, Willie Harper and Stephanie Koren are running for the Mineral District Board of Supervisor seat. Ginger Stanley, executive director of Virginia Press Association, moderated the debate.

The Louisa County Candidates’ Forum, co-hosted by The Central Virginian and the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce at the Louisa Arts Center on Tues., Oct. 29, drew a crowd of approximately 90 residents who came to learn more about the candidates and their views of various issues.

The candidates answered a wide variety of questions presented by citizens covering topics seeking their thoughts on budget reduction, gun control, education and schools, tourism, broadband internet service, promoting growth, tourism and gang-related activity in the county.

The most important debate of the evening, which was moderated by Ginger Stanley, executive director of the Virginia Press Association, focused on the three-way Mineral District board of supervisors race with incumbent Willie Harper facing off against contenders Mark Alberts and Stephanie Koren.

Also participating were Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis, and school board candidates including the unopposed Sherman Shifflett (Mineral district) and Gregory Strickland (Patrick Henry district). Gail Proffitt, who is seeking reelection to the Mountain Road district seat, did not attend.

Brian Huffman (Green Springs district), who is seeking reelection to the school board seat, is being opposed by Tyler Pieron, who was unable to attend the forum for medical reasons.

Tommy Barlow (Mountain Road district) was the only unopposed candidate seeking reelection who participated in the forum. Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry district) was called away to deal with an unscheduled issue and Dick Havasy  (Green Springs district) also was unable to participate due to recent dental work-related issues.

During the Mineral District Board of Supervisors debate, all candidates agree that bringing broadband internet service to to county residents and businesses is critical.

Koren said that she believes it is a necessity, adding that when her property owners’ association applied to build a tower within her subdivision at Lake Anna to provide internet service for the neighborhood, the supervisors refused to approve it.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 31 edition of The Central Virginian.

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