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Favero’s focus: Jobs, schools
Pat Favero makes a formal announcement of his candidacy for the Iriswood District seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday at the Smith River Sports Complex. Favero is challenging incumbent Milton Kendall for the Iriswood District seat. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
By BY DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
A candidate for the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday told supporters he will concentrate on education and small business creation/retention if elected in November.
John Patrick “Pat” Favero is running against incumbent Milton Kendall for the Iriswood District seat on the board of supervisors. He made a formal announcement of his candidacy before about 30 people Wednesday at the Smith River Sports Complex.
“I care a lot about this community,” Favero said when outlining the reasons he decided to run. He was born and raised in Henry County and said the community has “given me a lot, and now I would like to give back as much as possible.”
Favero graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School in 1999 and attended Patrick Henry Community College, Ferrum College and Lenoir-Rhyne College where he received a bachelor’s degree in pre-med magna cum laude in 2002. He graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed a family medicine residency in Lynchburg in 2010.
The educational foundation he received “allowed me to go to a good college and then on to medical school. Now, it has given me a wonderful place to start a small business and grow my medical practice.” he said.
Favero employs more than 10 people in his practice at Martinsville Family Medicine and said he plans to create more jobs in the future.
“We should do more here to encourage small and large businesses to want to open their doors” in the county, he said.
That could be accomplished by expanding industrial parks, providing tax incentives to large and small businesses and providing an educated workforce, he said.
“I think if we have an educated workforce, businesses” will locate in the area, which also will help create more demand for service and retail businesses, Favero said.
However, he does not intend to overlook larger businesses, he said.
“We must find a way for Commonwealth Crossing (Business Centre) to succeed,” Favero said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/EPA has held up a permit for grading the business center because no tenant has committed to it, officials have said.
The park’s location — proximity to the highway, rail access and the “easy drive to the airport” in Greensboro, N.C. — will make it attractive to businesses, Favero said.
“We should also focus on building our community around small businesses that employ 20 to 50 people,” he said. “If we could create 2,000 jobs in 40 small businesses,” he said the impact would be lessened when businesses fail.
With respect to education, Favero said he has “a good understanding of the current educational structure of our community.” His family includes four public school teachers and a sibling who is a college professor, he said.
Favero, who also taught at Drewry Mason for a year before going to medical school, said he has talked to Dr. Angeline Godwin, president of Patrick Henry Community College, and William Wampler, executive director of the New College Institute.
“I have a great appreciation for the goals” of each facility, Favero said. “They are both putting forth a great effort to better our community.
“PHCC is nationally recognized, and NCI will do amazing things with its advanced manufacturing” programs, he added.
Favero noted that school officials also should place an emphasis on the trades and “make vocational education a route for those not going to a four-year college. Certificates for trades can begin in the public schools” in certain areas, such as plumbing, brick masonry and auto mechanics, “which provide jobs that students can start in quickly after they complete their education,” he said.
Favero said he is against uranium mining in Pittsylvania County, and he would support continuing the state ban on it.
He thanked his supporters, including his wife, Ann, and others who worked to help get Favero’s name on the ballot.