Second Part of Warms Springs Candidates’ Forum

part two

two more questions and answers

This is part two from a pair of reports on the political forum between the two candidates for Warms Springs’ district supervisor. For the complete video of the question and answer session which took place last Wednesday visit the Recorder’s website. Mr. Geoff Hamill of the Recorder asked the questions of candidates Bart Purdue and Connie Simmons.

“Do you support or oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and why?”

“Well I’d support it a lot more, if it didn’t come right through Bath County, but it does, and we’ve got people in our district that are going to be affected by it, and after talking to some of those people, they’re really upset, and they should be, so I agree that it probably shouldn’t come through here.”

“Ms. Simmons.”

“I don’t believe in it either. I don’t believe in the Pipeline coming through Bath County; I don’t believe in it coming through most of Virginia for that matter, particularly like Augusta County. I know that they want to run very close to the schools in Augusta County, and I’m like, our children are more important than a pipeline. Pipeline needs to stay out of Virginia.”

“Thank you”.

A year ago, a local historic preservation group, Preservation Bath, asked the Supervisors to support a survey for a possible designation as a National Historic District. At the time, the board declined, but now after more conversations with their constituents and a second presentation about how Historic designations work, coming upon the 9th. Candidates were asked what they think. Mr. Purdue shared his hopes to:

“Put Warm Springs back on the map a little bit. I feel like some people focus on Hot Springs for the tourism all the time, when there’s a whole county around full of wonderful things to do. You know it may provide somebody the spark they need to start some sort of small business, anything in Warm Springs. But on the other hand there’s a lot of people who are scared to death that we’re going to make like a local Historic District, or something, and it could slip into that. I really hope you come to the meeting at the Dairy Barn on March 9th at 6:30. “

“I’ll support it, but then again I do have reservations because so many people want to know what’s happening. Say what you want, especially if you live in that area. Come to that meeting.

Ms. Simmons responded too,

“I don’t know enough about what it is they really want to accomplish by doing this. I look at Bath County as a whole, and it’s historic in nature, but I think they need to do a little bit more planning, and being a little bit more informative to people to let them know what’s going on. “

During his minute for a reply, Mr. Purdue clarified he understands the difference between surveying for a National Historic District, and one that is established locally.

“I’ll just say that I would absolutely not want to make it a local historic district ever.”

For two remaining questions on the topics of cellular service, and open government, you can hear the rest of this story on Allegheny Mountain, or watch the video of the complete forum on the Bath-Highland Recorder website.




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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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