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Scott to face Bryant for supervisors seat

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Incumbent Collinsville Supervisor Joe Bryant will square off against Randy Scott in the November election.

Scott, who declined to give his age, announced that he would seek the post in a Letter to the Editor on Monday.

Contacted by phone, Scott said his campaign is “all about economic development and a lack of progress.”

His top three priorities are “jobs, number one, jobs number two and jobs number three. It’s pretty simple. It’s all about economic development,” he said.

In the letter, Scott wrote that “after significant study of the past 18 years since Pannill closed, the data supports what I believe to be a widely held suspicion that the current effort on economic development is not working.”

He wrote that Danville’s economy “has been growing” in the last three years, “with a diversity of high paying jobs” in various sectors.

Texas has lured companies and jobs from California, Scott wrote, and noted that Gov. Bob McDonnell traveled to Calif. during the first week of May “for the express purpose of recruiting jobs. ... If you build it and they do not come, then you must go after them. Much like a college coach, we need to target, analyze prospective small manufacturers in high tax/high labor wage states, prepare an offer to include a transition package and make the sale,” he wrote.

“At the end of the day, only a job can build self worth and sustain dignity in the human being,” Scott wrote. “Only growth in private sector jobs can create a pathway to prosperity for every individual.”

Also, “only by increasing individual prosperity can a community afford to lift all boats. Only through new private sector jobs can we generate new tax revenue which is critical for the teachers in the classrooms and the deputies patrolling our neighborhoods,” he added.

While Scott said he does not have all of the answers, he does want “to be a part of a turnaround,” he wrote, and asked for residents’ support.

A Collinsville native, Scott is currently a real estate broker. He also has taught at Laurel Park High for two years, was assistant principal in Franklin and Radford cities, and a former principal at Alleghany High School in Covington for 11 years.

Scott graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School and Patrick Henry Community College. He wrote that he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of William and Mary.


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