Pro­tect­ing our way of life

Rappahannock News - - COM­MENT -

As a na­tive Vir­ginian grow­ing up in ru­ral Manas­sas I en­joyed the ben­e­fits of small com­mu­nity, but later that com­mu­nity de­te­ri­o­rated. In its quest for growth, the com­mu­nity be­came ster­ile, you knew few neigh­bors in a land raped by devel­op­ers. We moved on.

Our de­sire to make the Town of Washington our home was blocked, and lit­i­ga­tion ini­ti­ated over de­nial by its historic district com­mis­sion. As our le­gal coun­sel I learned a lot about David Kon­ick. Not only did he pro­vide ex­cel­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but he be­came a friend. I looked in the win­dow of what makes this mav­er­ick tick. Smart, ir­ri­tat­ing, loyal, over­bear­ing, ded­i­cated, are all terms that at some point can, have and will be ap­plied to David Kon­ick. It was ev­i­dent that David pos­sessed a love for Rap­pa­han­nock and the ru­ral environment. He is a le­gal pro­tec­tion­ist, ded­i­cated to see Rap­pa­han­nock pro­tected from an in­evitable at­tack of creep­ing growth. He knows that devel­op­ers with po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence and pock­ets deeper than the county will at­tack short­falls in ar­chaic zon­ing or­di­nances and push Rap­pa­han­nock down the road of Prince William, Fauquier and Culpeper. Rap­pa­han­nock’s unique­ness will be lost for­ever.

David Kon­ick presents an op­por­tu­nity for Rap­pa­han­nock to pre­pare go­ing for­ward. His le­gal per­spec­tive and passion for the land is des­per­ately needed to main­tain a qual­ity en­joyed in Rap­pa­han­nock. If vot­ers are not con­cerned about the small bites that un­con­strained growth and ram­pant devel­op­ment take from the ap­ple, soon the ap­ple will be gone. Don’t think it can’t hap­pen. It can, it has and it will con­tinue. David Kon­ick is best suited and should be trusted with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing Rap­pa­han­nock’s way of life. His elec­tion to the board of su­per­vi­sors presents an op­por­tu­nity that those who love the county should grasp. Devo­lu­tion of life­style can be one su­per­vi­sor’s vote away. SID WOR­LEY Paw­leys Is­land, SC

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