James Doran

MECHANICSVILLE -- James Doran is announcing his candidacy for the Cold Harbor District seat on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.

A senior budget analyst for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Doran said he plans to use his experience in budget development and analysis to serve the citizens of Hanover County. He said he understands the importance of fiscal responsibility in local government decisions.

“In listening to the residents of the Cold Harbor District, I have seen an eagerness to have a board member who listens to their needs and votes to support what is best for the residents of our district. I want to make sure Hanover County is making the best use of our tax dollars and looking for increased economic development opportunities when they arise. This will attract more business to the county to increase our tax base and keep residential taxes low,” Doran said.

The board’s responsibilities involving Hanover County Public Schools were a major reason he chose to seek office. “The board of supervisors has two major responsibilities with regard to Hanover County Public Schools: They approve the schools’ annual budget and they appoint members to the school board. I believe that it’s of paramount importance that the board of supervisors includes members who have children currently in the public school system. That first-hand knowledge of what’s working and what improvements may be necessary will be very useful in making funding decisions,” Doran said.

“A major focus for my campaign is ensuring the salaries of our teachers remain competitive with similar sized counties in the Richmond region, something that hasn’t been the case in recent years,” he continued.

He said he will focus on ensuring any growth the county has is matched with the necessary infrastructure to handle it. “One of the major roads that residents of the Cold Harbor District use to get to and from work and school is Mechanicsville Turnpike,” Doran said. “Any future planning decisions that are made by the board of supervisors have to take the already congested roadway into account.”

Doran earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from James Madison University and his MBA from the University of Richmond.

He, his wife Jennifer and children Jay and Anna have made their home in the Cold Harbor District for 15 years.

He has volunteered regularly with the Lee-Davis High School Band Boosters at bingo fundraisers, has served as a coach for youth basketball and soccer teams in Hanover, and raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of his mother by training for and running marathons.

For more information on his campaign, visit www.jamesdoranforsupervisor.com.

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