Mark Fausz announced his candidacy this week for Chesterfield County Bermuda District Supervisor. Being an active member of the community, he knows this is the next step in fulfilling his civic duty. Because of recent leadership lapses on the Board of Supervisors, he feels it is more important than ever to run for office.
Fausz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will enable him to hit the ground running.
“I have been intimately involved with this community for 14 years through co-founding the Chester Community Association, ChesterFest, Chester Farmer’s Market, as well as, being a founding director of the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation,” Fausz said. He was also a founding member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, receiving the organization’s Presidents Award after three years on the chamber’s board of directors. His locally-focused business involvement garnered him the Chester Business Association’s “Business Person of the Year” award and a spot as Richmond Magazine’s “Chester’s Movers and Shakers” designation.
Fausz is also the owner and managing editor of the Village News, but will take a leave of absence during the campaign.
“I feel that it’s the only ethical thing to do,” he said. “Not only is it ethically right, but to give due diligence to the constituency, I need to give them my full attention.”
Fausz said that he will run on a community-based platform that focuses on the importance of the individual constituent and small business. He said he believes that everyone deserves representation and access to county government.
“My involvement at the personal level of the community has given me a satisfaction beyond kudos and accolades,” Fausz said.
As a reporter, Fausz has covered hundreds of Board of Supervisors and planning commission meetings and has interviewed numerous staff members, giving him a unique insight into the workings of county government.
Working as a true independent, he doesn’t believe in party politics at the local level. He will put the community first and look beyond the wishes of parties to achieve a better quality of life for Chesterfield. He said he will dilute the current board alliances, which empowers the northern side of the county.
Fausz said he will be accessible to all constituents giving them a personal connection with county departments when an issue arises, which affects their life or livelihood — something not available to everyone over the last four years.
Over the years, Fausz has watched with dismay as county services have declined, fees have increased and citizens have been ignored. He wants to put a stop to this kind of governing.
“I have no patience left for Chesterfield’s lack of direction,” Fausz said. “I can no longer sit and watch us lose the great services that the county has always provided, while paying through fees or hidden taxes and ignoring wasteful spending.”
Fausz is referring to library closures, athletic associations being pushed aside for SportsQuest, and the $1 million spent to develop the comprehensive plan, which a vote has been postponed until after the election.
Fausz said he will bring back dignity and respect to the Board of Supervisors, making fiscally sound decisions and bringing the voice of the Bermuda District to the forefront of the Chesterfield discussion.
For more information on Fausz, visit www.markfausz.com or Facebook.