A mentor of mine served three terms on the City Council in Alexandria and frequently told me that local government is where all the tough decisions are made. As a city councilman he “cut taxes, raised taxes, cut budgets, eliminated programs and created new ones.”
These are things state and federal legislators often lack the guts to do.
This year, Blacksburg residents will choose three candidates from a slate of four in an election for Town Council. When students go to vote for Town Council they should be sure to include April DeMotts on their ballot.
April is a Class of 2003 Virginia Tech graduate and will be a voice for the student population. Currently, the Town Council has no such voice. April manages two apartment complexes frequently rented by students, and has made housing affordability for students as well as low-income full time residents a major part of her platform.
In addition to being a small business owner, April is an active citizen in the Town of Blacksburg, working as a volunteer for Sustainable Blacksburg and serving as the vice-chair of Blacksburg’s Housing and Community Development Advisory Board.
April is ready to make the tough decisions required to make Blacksburg an affordable and sustainable community for current and future Tech students.
The decisions Blacksburg Town Council makes affect students directly, but such elections are often overshadowed by state and national elections.
Students must exercise their civic responsibility by choosing candidates for every office on the ballot from governor to town council. April understands the responsibilities of a locally elected official and will be the type of council member that would make my mentor proud.