Press release from Jason Moore, Candidate for Supervisor District 2 – Powhatan:
As most people know, there will be a special election held this November 2nd to fill the remainder of Mr. Charlie Green’s term of the Board of Supervisors. I proudly announce my candidacy for the District 2 Supervisor’s position, and my decision to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for that position.
I sincerely hope to continue the excellent tradition of community service, financial accountability, support for the public schools, encouragement of youth sports, backing of the fire, rescue and sheriff’s departments established during Mr. Green’s tenure on the Board of Supervisors.
Powhatan is the only place that I have called home. As a sixth generation resident of the county and third generation graduation of the Powhatan County Public Schools (PCPS), I know of no other home. As a youth in Powhatan, I was involved in various activities including: PYAA, JV and varsity football, ACE and Battle of the Brains. After graduating law school, I became involved with several other groups in Powhatan including: the Powhatan Republican Party (past-Chair), the Virginia Historical Society, Powhatan Bar Association (founding member, five-time President) and Mt. Herman Baptist Church.
After graduating PCPS, I attended the University of Virginia and obtained a B.S. in History. I then took a year off from my education to work at the General Assembly as a legislative assistant for Delegate Lee Ware. After a tremendous year working for Lee, I continued my education at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond where I received my J.D. degree.
In 1999, the people of District 2 elected me to the first of three terms on the Powhatan County School Board. I also have been fortunate to have my school board peers elect me to serve three terms as Vice-Chairman of the board. In addition, I received the Patrick Henry Award for Good Governance in 2001 for my service on the School Board from the Governor.
During my time on the board I have been dedicated to financial restraint and accountability. In fact, the average cost to educate a child in Powhatan is almost $1,200.00 less than the state average. This equates to millions in saving to the taxpayers of Powhatan. I will be has dedicated to controlling spending on the Board of Supervisors as I was while on the School Board.
If elected to the Board of Supervisors, I will: ensure financial accountability and responsibility, control taxes and spending, diversify the tax bases, so the tax burden does not fall so heavily on the single family home owners, encourage quality, balanced growth and development in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, support the public schools, garner community input and participation in government and purse the televising of local BOS meetings.
As a School Board member, I have extensive knowledge of how our local government operates, and my time with Delegate Lee Ware gave me tremendous exposure to the workings of state government. I understand taxing, budgeting and zoning issues and how they interact on the federal, state and local levels.
My time on the School Board reinforced for me the importance of education in our society. A quality education is the building stone for all future achievement.
My service on the board also taught me the importance of community input in the governmental process. Government officials and agencies should operate in the open at all times. They should avoid any appearance of operating the “tall grass” to avoid public scrutiny of their actions.
As a single family home owner, I know how the increased tax rate affected people whose homes have decreased in value over the last year. Additionally, as a small business man, I understand how important it is for the county to develop a diverse and vibrant economy to alleviate the tax burden on single family home owners.
We are facing difficult times with high unemployment, raising debts (both personal and governmental), out of control government spending and declining tax revenues. Many people believe higher taxes and government spending or intervention will solve these problems. I disagree with those people.
We need leadership which will follow the advice of Thomas Jefferson: “The government which governs the least governs best.” Leadership willing to control government spending, reduce the tax burdens on the people and move government out of the way of productive entrepreneur minded people who just want to be left alone. I will bring that type of leadership to the Board of Supervisors.
I want to work for the people of District 2 in a new capacity as your Supervisor. I sincerely desire to meet everyone in District 2 and discuss the issues facing our community. I know our beliefs and values are similar and that together we can build a bright future for our county.
Candidate for Supervisor District 2 – Powhatan