Published 8:44 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Editor, Smithfield Times
Albert Burckard’s challenger, Pastor McCarty, has 10 or more signs to every one of Albert’s signs. McCarty probably has the same number of signs of all the other candidates running for the different offices. If the election could be won by the number of political signs, Pastor McCarty has already won it, hands down.
Joking aside, the election isn’t about the number of signs one has. Instead, it’s about one’s knowledge and energy, also about one’s presence and participation and insight in local affairs. Albert Burckard is “the man” when it comes to all of that, and they are the same reasons he’s dubbed the “local activist.”
As a concerned citizen, Albert went to meetings not only in Windsor, but also in Surry County in opposition to the new 460 northern bypass, which will go around our county’s intermodal park. He was leader in the opposition to ISLE 2040 that would have turned Carrollton into Newport News and wrecked Rt. 17 traffic. He opposed the Surry coal plant as detrimental to Isle of Wight health. Countless other smaller issues like the Isle of Wight Museum closing, septic tank pumping, storm water and sludge. As president of the Carrollton Civil League, he was responsible for programs on traffic, annexation, economics, redistricting, water budgets, intermodal park, rezoning and schools.
Albert wants to work with the next board and with citizens of Isle of Wight to try and make wiser choices for our county’s future.
Burckard has survived the jungles of Vietnam and knows combat. Albert loves Isle of Wight County and wants to be on the front lines where he will do the most good instead f behind the scenes. Newport District voters, choose Albert Burckard to help fine tune our next Board of Supervisors.