Small business owner runs for Edinburg Town Council

Stephen Van Stee

Stephen Van Stee is running for one of three available Town Council seats in Edinburg in the May 3 election.

Van Stee, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, currently serves on Edinburg’s Planning Commission. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina as well as an associate’s degree in electric systems technology from the Community College of the Air Force.

Van Stee, the owner of SolarCrate LLC., which provides design and installation of battery-based off-grid solar generators, said businesses are extremely important to Edinburg’s prosperity.

“I really love my town and want to do what I can to help support and help it to grow, especially the business district, which is important to me,” he said. “We have some vacancies and I wanted to see if there was something I can do as a small business owner to help the town. I’d like to encourage landowners to get in gear a little bit and do their part to help create a better environment for everybody here.”

Van Stee said he also values the connections he has made in the community.

“I have established relationships with the current leadership in the town and those relationships are beneficial in really anything that we do. As a small business owner myself, I can relate to other small businesses in the town,” he said.

In addition to working for the Edinburg Planning Commission, Van Stee has been a volunteer sergeant with the Edinburg Fire Department for the last five years.

“Our community is a very important part of my life,” he said. “Especially important are our heritage, our culture and the appearance of our town both for the residents and folks that are driving through.”

Van Stee has lived in Edinburg since 2010 with his wife, Karen, who is pastor of Saint Mary Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson. They are parents to two grown children.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com