Editor's note: This is one in a series of question and answer articles about local candidates running for office. The Northern Virginia Daily asked candidates for the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to answer three questions. Unedited responses are below.
Steven A. Baker is running unopposed for re-election to a fourth term representing District 2 on the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors.
What does the Board of Supervisors need to do to improve the local economy?
The board of supervisors must listen and work with our existing businesses to meet their needs. Local small businesses are the backbone of the county economy.
Where should the Board of Supervisors spend most of the county's revenue?
The board of supervisors should spend the revenue for services that benefit the citizens of the county. We need to provide public safety for the people. These folks need help in a time of emergency and the county needs to respond at that time. Also, the Board of supervisors should support the school system and give the students the best chance to succeed in life with a quality education. Furthermore, I am very supportive of the CTE program at Triplett Tech. We need to add more programs at the school as the business community needs employees in various fields. I would definitely support providing money to enhance those opportunities.
How and when should the Board of Supervisors as a whole interact with state legislators, urging them to represent the county's needs?
The board of supervisors needs to have a dialog with our legislators to address various needs along with state mandate that does not come with the necessary funding.