When she was only a sophomore in high school, April DeMotts attended a leadership seminar at Virginia Tech where she immediately decided she wanted to go to college.
Recently, she has returned to Blacksburg for more than an alumni tailgate.
Through the residential property program her senior year at Tech, DeMotts attended a conference in Dallas for the Institute of Real Estate Management with three other classmates, which she describes as her first foray into the professional experience.
Following graduation, DeMotts moved to Dallas to work for AMLI Residential but only stayed a few months after she realized something wasn’t right.
“I came from a small town, I went to college in a small town and then I moved to a huge city — and I was lost in Dallas,” DeMotts said. “I wanted to come back to Blacksburg. This is close to my family and this was an area I had fallen in love with.”
When she made her way back to her college hometown two years ago, she unpacked in the midst of the local town council elections.
“I ran my mouth to enough people that when it came time to run this time, to get on to the ballot, numerous people encouraged me. (They said,) ‘Now is the time, you should run, you should run,’” DeMotts said.
DeMotts claims the biggest reason she decided to run for council is because she’s a business person who also has experience in the housing field, and the large majority of issues that come before town council involve the two.
“There’s not a lot of housing options. And then if you’re in a situation where you have a lower income, there’s even fewer housing options,” DeMotts said. “I think I can push us in the direction of expanded housing options for all incomes and all age groups.”
DeMotts' campaign manager is Josh Yazman, who is a Virginia Tech student majoring in political science. Yazman got involved in DeMotts' campaign after meeting her at a town event, where he liked what she had to say and offered to help.
“I’m a Virginia Tech student … so is April, and she’s had a lot of experience since graduating in managing apartment communities and housing,” Yazman said. “I’m encouraged by her ability to keep overall education costs down by doing her part to keep housing down.”