I have always been committed to preserving the rural character, beauty and the history of our counties and state.
Gail and I have restored two historic homes in Loudoun and received an award from the Loudoun Preservation Society. Our family donated the Historic E.E. Lake Store in Bluemont, Virginia to Loudoun County.
My friend and I, Mark Walston laid the groundwork that placed the village of Bluemont on The National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
During my time as Supervisor, I secured funding for the restoration of the John G Lewis Memorial Bridge, a rare surviving example of a wrought iron truss bridge, on Featherbed Lane. I also worked to gain approval for the Balls Bluff Battlefield expansion. As Chairman of the Transportation and Land Use Committee, I began work on a Transfer of Development Rights Program to permanently preserve parcels in Western Loudoun. I also supported Conservation Easement Assistance Program that provides financial assistance to Loudoun County landowners in placing their property under a conservation easement.
One of the initiatives that I am most proud of is persuading the Board of Supervisors to fund the purchase of the Loudoun State Park Parcel and donate it to the state to establish the Sweet Run State Park in Neersville. Sweet Run is the first State Park in Northern Virginia and its operational budget was finally approved last year by Governor Youngkin.
Virginia, especially Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, has a rich history and is one of the most beautiful states in the country. It is the embodiment of that American adventure, and that history and beauty is well worth preserving.