Your VOTE, Your VOICE! See you at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6th!

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  1. As one of many hard working individuals in Hanover County, who has very little spare time, I have yet to hear from any candidates running to oust the Incumbents. Very little in The Mechanicsville Local and what is really sad, of what I have read, not a specific platform other than, “I’m better”, or, “World Peace”! On the Comp Plan there is just disagreement but no real call for repeal or a real voice in the County such as, Public Votes, on Comp Plans like many other counties!

    And then there is the Candidates, Republicans or Republicans running as Independents??? Can there really be any difference.

    To win an election one must engage the opponent and detail the differences in platforms. There has been an absence of the challenging Candidates at BOS meetings, a prime stage to support the voters asking for change or to defeat Big Developers. But, no, that has not happened lately. In fact the BOS has been on an agenda of voting for anything that would appear like they actually have a ,Heart”! Right before the Election…….What BS!

    So, who to vote for, The Republicans or the Republicans, hmmmm.

    The BIG issue this year is the Comp Plan and uncontrolled growth! An article in The Mechanicsville Local reads of a population milestone of over 100,000 people in Hanover County. Let’s see if I can show a comparison on the problems of growth without proper planning. Droughts happen! Atlanta is in dire straights and it’s still growing. Are the droughts getting worse or are the droughts highlighting a growth problem! HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN DRINK FROM A LIMITED RESOURCE?

    We had some rain lately but I find it irrational that the recent water restrictions favor Developers with recent plantings???? Want to see a green yard, just go to any recent development like the one on Atlee across from Windsor.

    One day soon I feel the taps will run dry somewhere, there are to many people drinking, washing , watering, and not conserving our water. To many people concentrated in the coastal areas! In fact, 85% of the population of the US lives within 100 mile of coastal areas. It’s a ticking time bomb and the Feds will not come to the rescue if you’ve been paying attention to current events.

    Of all the issues plaguing or County, it looks like there could have been one pure disagreement between the incumbents and challengers, but no, just slightly slow down growth!

    And one has to question the ability of the Hanover Population to use computers! Obviously, you can count on one hand the ammount of people who read these blogs and respond. Also the lack of use of blogs. Blogs are usually updated weekly if not daily across the US. In Hanover County, Monthly is more like it and thus the inattention of the readers. The Mech Local most times won’t even post comments on blogs, then why have them?
    The word is not getting out because the word isn’t GETTING OUT!

    Does it really matter who wins?

  2. j.n. said:

    “On the Comp Plan there is just disagreement but no real call for repeal or a real voice in the County such as, Public Votes, on Comp Plans like many other counties!”

    I disagree. I believe the challengers will amend the Comp Plan to reduce the unwarranted expansion of the SSA.

    “And then there is the Candidates, Republicans or Republicans running as Independents??? Can there really be any difference.”

    At the local level, party matters very little. How the BoS chooses to manage growth is the only thing I care about. Everything is related to growth: taxes, traffic, school construction, police and fire services. In South Anna, Pattie Bland is a true Independent and frankly, I would rather have a candidate borrow ideas from both parties. The two-party system in this country in “the problem.” The hardcore Republicans paid off by developers to pass their “growth at any cost” mantra are enemies of the future IMHO. They seek to destroy the quality of life in Hanover County and that, to me, means they are enemies of the Future. The BoS is the most invisible, yet most powerful governing body in the County – it does make a difference who you vote for. And, instead of expecting to be “spoon fed” by the local media (which is biased toward the enemies of the future), why not seek out answers to your questions by calling a candidate?

    “And one has to question the ability of the Hanover Population to use computers! Obviously, you can count on one hand the ammount of people who read these blogs and respond.”

    Yeah – well, you could argue that Hanover County could strike a wifi deal with someone so more people had access to the ‘net without using dial-up. Other counties are creating free wifi for their citizens…some people are still on dial-up – is that their fault? Ever wonder why Hanover County doesn’t televise its BoS and Planning Commission meetings? The Republicans want to keep the sheep dumb, eh.

    It totally matters who wins this election – all of the problems you mention are related to the irresponsible use of land and the mismanagement of growth. The BoS number one job is to manage growth, yet with developers in their back pockets, they find it hard to say no to denying anyone their right to destroy our quality of life in the name of profit-taking and greed.

  3. OK, there are two interesting Section at Mechlocal.com on the election! One is the Opinion piece and the other a news item about the Low Key Election. Now lets see if any candidates take advantage of these campaign venues! They are free and might reach some voters!!! If this county doesn’t wake up, we’ll be stuck with the same old gang again!

  4. In the actual Mechanicsville Local Weekly paper. Jack Ward is all over it and he even has people write in! That was available to every candidate! I am sure the write ins are from Real Estate Developers/Agents, but he did use it to the max! That’s campaigning! that paper will influence a great many voters! His pieces in the paper greatly outway the one from Debbie Coats.

  5. Obviously Blogging is a technology watsed on the Hanover County Residents! Either the young folks all leave and the only ones that stay are the basement dwelling failures to launch, or they are simply not engaged in local politics and no one is trying to engage them!
    Not at all surprising in a State that still allows smoking in public buildings and Resturants? I am beginning to think rural is the wrong term associated with the Civil War reinactments collective mind here in Hanover County. Maybe “Redneck” is better and deserves the BOS it has!

    I am a son of Virginia, left when I was a Sophmore in College and never came back untill 30 years had gone by and my work directed me here. I love the trees, but they are disappearing quickly and the traffic coupled with the droughts is like living in the suburbs of San Antonio!

    Fortunately, I am leaving soon as we can sell our house in this massive houseing slump. Everything here is priced $50,000.00 more than it is worth now. Why is there more building in a glut market???
    No control, that’s why! The Current BOS is incompetent! But when i can count on two hands the amount of people that will actually show up and vote, it isn’t going to change! Good luck to you all! I will vote!

  6. The voice of Hanover County is obviously for the Comp Plan! This will become the County to leave!

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