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Joan Vannorsdahl

Alleghany County Supervisor Candidate Vannorsdahl Issues Statement

Clifton Forge, VA (Nov. 6, 2017) - Editor's note: the AlleghanyJournal.com has published its intention to allow any local candidate to make a statement about their candidacy or come in for a video interview.

Ms. Joan Vannorsdahl is a candidate for Supervisor for the Clifton Forge East District and she provided the information below:

"On November 7th, we will go to the polls to elect two Clifton Forge citizens to serve on the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors. As a resident of Clifton Forge District One, I am running for one of the two County Supervisor positions from our town. I hope I have the opportunity to talk with you and listen to your concerns as I go door-to-door this fall.

"Please take a few minutes to read this brief overview of who am I and why I am running for a Supervisor’s seat this year. Then go to the polls on November 7th to vote with confidence.

"Having lived in Clifton Forge with my family from 1982-1990, I am deeply attached to our town: its people, its history, its beauty, and its determination. So when I retired in 2013 from teaching at Salem High School, I chose to return to Clifton Forge.

"I grew up in Gettysburg, PA, where my father, a Lutheran minister, was the Chaplain at Gettysburg College. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and English from St. Olaf College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. In addition to raising three children, I spent my working life teaching and writing and in nonprofit fundraising and publicity.

"Since returning to Clifton Forge, I have served on the Boards of the Alleghany Highlands YMCA and the Clifton Forge Public Library. I am the Project Director for the What’s Your Story? oral history project, in cooperation with the Alleghany Historical Society. I am an active volunteer at the Historic Masonic Theatre and the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center. It has been a joy to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as I take part in much of what our area offers.

Returning to Clifton Forge has provided me an opportunity to appreciate many things about the Alleghany Highlands. We have a thriving community college in partnership with our schools, training students for 21st century employment. Our arts organizations—the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, and Alleghany Arts Council—provide high-quality events and classes. The Historic Masonic Theatre brings nationally acclaimed entertainers to its stage and serves as a gathering place for the Highlands. Covington’s Historic Main Street and Clifton Forge Main Street are revitalizing our downtowns. And we have strong, forward-thinking leadership in all three of our political entities -Alleghany County, the City of Covington, and the Town of Clifton Forge.

     "I am running for the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors to continue the Highlands’ forward movement. I will be a strong advocate for the needs and interests of Clifton Forge as part of the Alleghany Highlands, and I will communicate openly and often with District One voters. I firmly believe that the continued forward movement of our community will occur most efficiently through respectful dialogue and joint decision-making for the well-being of the entire Alleghany Highlands.

     "Regardless of mailing address—be it in the County, the Town of Clifton Forge, or the City of Covington—we must work collaboratively for the collective good in the coming years. I welcome your input as, together, we move forward."

All the best,

Joan Vannorsdall

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