Ronald “Ron” L. Frazier
Background: I am a semi-retired electrician. I have lived in the county fulltime for over 36 years and have served on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors for the past 23 years. For 18 years of that I served as the supervisor representative to the Planning Commission.
RappNews: What is the most urgent issue facing the county now?
Frazier: The most pressing issue facing the county is updating, strengthening, and enforcing the zoning ordinance. Without doing that, nearly everything we care about in Rappahannock is in jeopardy, including the unfettered way of rural life, a clean environment, low taxes, slow or orderly growth, and protection of our resources, including scenic resources. That is the problem with “zoning approval by personality” instead of adherence to the Comprehensive Plan and impartial consistent definitions of the zoning ordinance. Government exists to protect people and their property, not to look out for friends.
RN: What in your background and experience would help address that?
Frazier: I believe my background of serving on the Board, as well as serving on the Planning Commission for 18 years gives me a unique perspective on this issue. I started serving on the Board at a time when Board members and Planning Commissioners knew the ordinance, and county residents had respect for a county zoning ordinance that they thought was fairly and equally enforced. We went through a time where many county zoning decisions and enforcement were as a result of popularity. With the current county staff, Rappahannock is moving back to fair and equal interpretation and enforcement of county regulations.
RN: What do you see as the responsibilities of this position?
Frazier: The responsibilities of the Board are spelled out in both the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Code. The oath of office requires those elected to public office in Virginia to defend both the U.S. and Commonwealth Constitutions and to obey all laws. Those requirements are not suggestive. The Board of Supervisors is the policy making body of the county and, after adopting policies for the public good, seeing that they are carried out by staff, fairly, equitably and without undue delay.
RN: Why do you want to be re-elected as Jackson District Supervisor?
Frazier: I would like to serve another term because we are in a place in the next year to move the county forward. Several business people are running for the office of supervisor and with Supervisor Christine Smith, who has clearly worked at swiftly becoming involved with the problems and issues facing the county, I believe we can have a Board that will address the problems that have continuously been kicked down the road over the last couple years. For instance, we have deferred maintenance on the courthouse till it is rotting away, and spent over $1 million in rent on other office space for county employees. But the can kicking is not simply related to infrastructure; we need personnel policies. And we need more fiscal accountability. For instance, in the “credit card fiasco,” there has never been an audit or inventory to see what the county purchased or where it went.
RN: What have you already accomplished as a Supervisor?
Frazier: I would like to see real progress made in our effort to establish a committee approach to addressing problems. I was instrumental in establishing the Building Committee, which has made progress addressing infrastructure, and in re-starting the dormant Finance Committee necessary for long range fiscal planning. I was also instrumental in establishing the Rules Committee which has been updating county codes and procedures. I believe these committees should continue because they have proven effective.
The Public Safety Committee was instrumental in going after the phone companies for their dereliction of service on the county land lines. It is unacceptable that the Public Safety Committee just five years ago went an entire year without a meeting.
One very important accomplishment is that I was one of the Board members that clearly used conservative budgeting to promptly address the critical sudden need for funding Head Start in the last budget year.