I have been following with interest the current re-election campaign of incumbent Winchester mayor, John David Smith, and his opponent, Danielle Bostick. A review of candidate Bostick's campaign website reveals her concern for transparency…"I will always convey the truth to the public." I wonder, though, has candidate Bostick given voters a transparent picture of her limitations in being able to satisfy the demands of serving as our city's mayor? Her website points out that "the mayor serves as the representative of the community" and "the added duties of the mayor are far more than ceremonial." But, does her website transparently inform voters that a full-time classroom teacher for ten months of the year would have limited capacity to represent the city during the normal workday, not just for ceremonial duties, but for speaking engagements with local civic groups, visits to local businesses and industries, attendance at various community task force meetings, and a host of other daytime activities that require the mayor's attention?

Please know that after having spent most of my adult life in public education, I deeply respect classroom teachers and what they add to our community. However, shouldn't voters carefully consider that a full-time classroom teacher does not have a flexible schedule and is limited to three personal leave days per year by current school board policy, effectively ruling out being available to fully carry out the mayor's day to day responsibilities? No matter how hard we may try, none of us can be two places at once. Since moving here nearly 30 years ago, I have been privileged to know and work with the outstanding individuals who have served as mayor. It is no coincidence that all of them have been self-employed entrepreneurs or had the ability to set their own schedules and commit to being fully present and accounted for whenever and wherever their leadership was needed. We are currently well-served by such a mayor. The role of mayor is demanding and time-consuming and should only be filled by someone who can give it the full attention it deserves, whenever and wherever needed.

Mayor John David Smith has served us well for the last four years. I urge you to join me in supporting his re-election with your vote.

Glenn Burdick is a resident of Winchester and former superintendent of Winchester Public Schools.

(11) comments

shinyhappypeople

It shouldnt matter where David owns property- he owns an amazing business that has helped transform the downtown and he seems to care a great deal about Winchester...the rest is splitting hairs and useless. But Danielle seems quite capable as well, and this idea that her time will be too restricted to absurd. Only people with a life of leisure can be mayor? Seriously??? Sounds like an elitist crock of...not butter.

Dadof3

What a shame that Dr. Burdick, the retired superintendent of Winchester Public Schools, would write this political hit piece.

Harker2345

Shady idea that only business people and entrepreneurs can be mayor.

delaurel66

Totally agree with your comment Harker2345. Mayor Smith can't find the time to debate Ms. Bostick because of his "schedule" and because he does not want to give her any exposure for "her platform". What a sorry excuse.

bethjbates

The Chamber clearly stated in The Star and online that there was a miscommunication with the debate schedule and the Mayor nor Ms. Bostick was at fault.

delaurel66

Ms. Bostick spoke to Mayor Smith when they met on the campaign trail. He agreed to have a debate. Then changed his mind. So WHY has Mayor Smith NOT rescheduled? He is NOT participating in the kinds of activities that help voters ahead of the election. Even if it is proven that Mayor Smith does live in Winchester, he is not representing the people of Winchester. His main concern is the pedestrian mall and the "well connected". Mayor Smith has had 4 years to listen to the firefighters and has not made the time. Except for getting his picture taken when he visited the new burn building. I wonder if he even knows where the different fire houses are?

delaurel66

How often did Mayor Smith's picture appear in the paper? I don't remember any except for the one at the car wash in Frederick County a few months ago.

Mr. Burdick do you know where Mayor Smith actually lives?

Bryan.the.Nuri

Please prove this point that keeps coming up. Show your evidence.

delaurel66

640 Nolan Ridge Rd., Slanesville, WV

Bryan.the.Nuri

Is his permanent resident there? Or does he just own the property?

delaurel66

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title38.2/chapter18/section38.2-1800.1/

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