Letters to the Editor: Valuable info came from leadership picnic


The first leadership picnic for the 29th House of Delegates District was held this past Saturday at the Middletown Town Hall.  Members of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, Winchester City Council, Warren County Board of Supervisors, and the town councils of Stephens City, Middletown and Front Royal, as well as law enforcement and administrators from those same areas attended and participated.  A representative from Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s office also attended to be a part of the conversation.

The goal was to have a non-partisan gathering where everyone on those boards or councils could feel comfortable meeting with their counterparts to discuss mutual issues, as well as talk about how each group is helping its community.  I was impressed with the amount of interest from every local government body in coming together, and I plan to do something similar in December before the 2017 session.

I felt this picnic was important since we have shared interests and concerns in the region, and we can work together in order to find solutions.  This allowed me to hear from the local governments that I represent in the House of Delegates, instead of assuming I know their concerns and interests.  Several recurring questions were raised and members of the jurisdictions were pleased to know that their neighbors were concerned about the same issues.  This informal discussion gave me valuable information, which can be addressed in Richmond.

I will continue to work with both private citizens and government officials who live within the 29th District.  Staying aware of the interests/concerns and finding solutions to our common issues is paramount to good representation in the legislature.  As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve area residents in the House of Delegates.

Christopher E. Collins, member, 29th House of Delegates