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Hanover Supervisor Davis Responds to Mechanicsville Local Story

Editor’s Note: I have known Hanover Supervisor Sean Davis for several years. And one of the things I can tell you is he takes his position as a member of the Hanover Board of Supervisors very seriously. I supported him in his election bid and I give him an A+ for the job he has done. He is completely accessible and has explained many decisions and thought processes to me for my personal understanding – not related to the work I do on this blog. Why the Mechanicsville Local would not reach out to Sean before publishing something is a mystery to me. (And for the record, Sean Davis is not even my supervisor.)

In the December 4th issue of The Mechanicsville Local the Editor stated that her publication was made aware, shortly before going to press, that the application for the proposed movie theater had been withdrawn.  The Editor further stated that unsuccessful attempts were made to contact Hanover County’s Director of Planning as well as the County Administrator.   It appears the Editor did not place calls to any member of the Board of Supervisors.  Subsequently, there was no information from Hanover County in the editorial.  Please know that Mr. Harris, Mr. Maloney, Hanover County Staff, and the Board of Supervisors have proven themselves extremely responsive to all media requests.

The following is provided for clarification.  The Mechanicsville Local was made aware of the application withdrawal because I notified them with that information prior to press time.  I told The Mechanicsville Local that I did not want to see the Times Dispatch get the jump on our local publication.  Furthermore, I gave a Mechanicsville Local reporter a 30 minute telephone interview on the subject.  While information was available to The Mechanicsville Local, prior to going to press, information from that interview was not included in Ms. Kinser’s editorial.  Excerpts from the interview I gave were printed the following week.  Lastly, Mr. Harris and Mr. Maloney may have been unavailable at the time a single call was placed to each, however;  it seems that if a genuine attempt was being made to gather information at least one of two actions should have been taken:


1. Use the information that was provided from the interview the publication’s reporter conducted

2. Place a call to a member of the Board of Supervisors.


A number of business owners and residents have spoken with me about this editorial.  Many of whom were keenly aware that this Conditional Use Permit application was still “in process”, knowing that no decision could be made until all information had been obtained from the applicant as well as the community. I do not believe discussions over this Conditional Use Permit is what caused concerns.  The issues, as expressed to me, were two-fold; first- the Editor gave an impression that Hanover County officials could not be reached for input and second- reasonable attempts were not made to contact those who could have given input.  Coupled with the fact that The Mechanicsville Local did have information from a Supervisor prior to print was enough to compel me to draft this notice.  In closing, I have thus far been very proud of County staff for their responsiveness to media outlets as well as their desire to assist citizens with information requests. While we all recognize this was an editorial, I am grateful to the members of the business community as well as the citizens that I spoke with for airing concerns over what they believed was selective reporting.

For Hanover,



Sean M. Davis

Henry District Supervisor

Hanover County, Virginia

[email protected]

Cell: (804) 439-2289

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Hanover Supervisor Davis Responds to Mechanicsville Local Story”

  1. John Louis says:

    This Sean Davis is The Real Deal! What a Blessing it would be to have more like him, huh? Wishing Sean and his family a Very Merry Christmas!! Keep up the good work my good and faithful servent!

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