To the editor:
I would like to thank Louisa County Green Springs District Supervisor Bob Babyok for all of his hard work keeping the residents of the Green Springs District informed and always being available to answer our questions, hear our concerns, and represent our interests with grace and humility.
My wife and I have lived in the area for 14 years. During the first 10 years we lived here, our previous supervisor, Richard Havasy, was almost completely absent. The last four years have been a model for how all elected officials should conduct themselves in service of their constituents. Bob’s call to serve is always present, going all the way back to his 20 years of service in the United States Air Force.
The one thing that has always struck me about Bob is what a terrible politician he is. Most elected officials will pander and make promises they can’t keep, lie, make excuses and devise ways to personally benefit from their office. Bob has always been up front about the limits of his position. (We’re in favor of limited government, right?) He tells the truth, and when he makes a mistake, he owns up to it and promises to do better. Bob, being the terrible politician that he is, also refuses to fundraise, turns down all offers for donations, and spends thousands of dollars of his own money to fund his campaign. If we look at the state of politics today, and what it takes to be a successful self-dealing politician, Bob is as terrible at self-dealing as they come.
I’d like to take a moment and address Bob’s opponent in the upcoming Nov. 2 election, Rachel Jones. We first met Rachel some time around 2008 when the pool at Spring Creek opened and our children would play together. Rachel has shown a commitment to her community, especially through her work in education with her signature achievement being the founding of the preschool and gymnasium at Zion United Methodist Church.
All in all, if Rachel had decided to run as an independent, as nearly every other board of supervisors candidate has done in the 200+ years of the county’s existence, I would not only vote for her, but I would actively support her campaign. Unfortunately, she was recruited to run under a partisan umbrella, and her campaign is being funded by a small group of residents with very different priorities than most of the residents of the Green Springs District. Chief among those priorities is a desire to slow or stop all growth at Zion Crossroads.
As residents who want to see our community continue to grow and flourish, the last thing we need, in my opinion, is to bring the ugly partisan politics that have infected our state and local governments to the county board of supervisors. Fortunately, we already have a county supervisor that possesses both a call to serve and is an independent not beholden to any donor or political party, which is why as a 14-year resident of Louisa County, I am proud to support the reelection of Bob Babyok to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors.