MECHANICSVILLE – Sarah Richardson Via, a lifetime resident of Hanover County, has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination as the Cold Harbor representative on the Hanover County Board of Supervisors in the June 11 Primary Election.
“I am tired of feeling helpless in this time of complex and divided politics,” Via said. “I love Hanover County and, having lived in the Cold Harbor District for 19 years, I recognize the successes and the challenges faced when making decisions for this special part of Hanover.
Via, a loan officer assistant at Assurance Financial and a group fitness instructor at the YMCA, said she understands what it means to work hard for her family. She and her husband, Justin Via, are raising two children while trying to teach them the value of volunteerism and good citizenship. Her husband works as a journeyman electrician at Hill Electrical in Mechanicsville, and her children attend the public schools in the district.
Being in the mortgage industry, Via said she appreciates that Hanover has one of the lowest real estate tax rates among the surrounding counties. She said she believes that keeping the tax burden low will require smart, managed growth and enticing more businesses to Hanover. With her degrees in Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Education, she said she is uniquely qualified to this role.
She said she understands the role and needs of government, the important role and needs first responders and police officers have in a rural community, and the significant responsibility the school board plays in developing the school system.
As the secretary of the PTA at Battlefield Elementary School and a long-time volunteer and youth leader at her church, Via has worked to support and improve this community.
She said she lives and advocates conservative values and fiscal responsibility.
“I believe in creating a more transparent local government and working to provide the Cold Harbor District with access to broadband internet as it is now an essential utility for any school district in the 21st century. I would also love to explore the idea of a park for families to enjoy. This could also help alleviate the hazards faced by runners and cyclists who risk their lives on our shoulder-less roads,” Via said.
Via is hosting a Meet & Greet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at the Fellowship Center of Black Creek Church (the old fire station).
Her campaign may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.