Winchester is a truly amazing city that I was introduced to 5 years ago by my client, a retired corporate director at Valley Health.
My introduction to Winchester began as I took my first walk in Old Town, a remarkable center of culture, art, history, religion, health and dining, all within 3 blocks, accessible to and used by all. It is also where I met a dean at Shenandoah University who introduced me to the school, where I immediately volunteered as a student mentor. I fell in love with Winchester almost immediately, and I now call it home. Last week I cast my very first vote as a registered voter in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I voted for Danielle Bostick for Mayor.
I was introduced to Danielle Bostick by another fairly new resident of Winchester who described her as “a force.” Having years of my own political and civic activism in New York State, I could see from my first meeting with Danielle that the description was accurate. Back in New York I became closely acquainted with a young man who quickly rose from local, to county to state government by simple hard work. The hard work he did was knocking on doors and meeting his constituents day after day, listening to them and speaking with them. I have done my share of door knocking while collecting petitions and let me assure you, it is very hard work, that usually takes place during the hottest time of the year. That same young man applied that same work ethic to serving his constituents in ways that no one previously had done. Danielle works hard, and Danielle will work hard for all residents of Winchester.
Perhaps the most amazing aspect of Winchester is Handley High School. Its reputation of quality education is well known, but what truly sets it apart from any high school I have ever seen is the mix of students from every background, regardless of race, ethnicity, origin or economic class. Unfortunately for some time the residents of Winchester who sent their children to Handley were not equally represented. It took a[n elected school board] referendum to fix that inequity. It took Danielle Bostick.
Danielle worked literally non-stop to get all of the signatures necessary to put the referendum on the ballot. Danielle even gave up a family vacation to pursue and achieve this lofty moral goal. Along with the hard work of Roya Milotte, Danielle got the referendum and the problem was finally fixed.
Winchester needs a better capital improvement plan. Winchester badly needs a plan for economic development. Winchester desperately needs to improve and support its fire department.
Winchester needs Danielle Bostick to be our mayor.