Working for a common good

Published 1:25 pm Thursday, January 14, 2016

I’m very interested and curious in how county supervisors in Buckingham and town council members in Dillwyn will work with each other and in the actions and decisions they make together on their respective boards.

For the first time in many, many years, the board of supervisors gained four new members in one election — District One Supervisor Robert “Bobby” Jones, District Three Supervisor D.R. “Don” Matthews, District Four Supervisor Morgan Dunnavant and District Five Supervisor Harry W. Bryant. The election also created another milestone in Buckingham political history: the election of two Republicans to the board — Dunnavant and Matthews.

Only two members of the Dillwyn Town Council returned, excluding Mayor Linda Venable Paige, meaning four new people will join the council. Ossie Harris III, Wayne Myers Jr. and Sharon Baker began serving this month. Another new member is expected to be appointed soon.

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Four new members on both bodies is a big change.

It’s an interesting thought that on both the board of supervisors and the town council, the new members constitute a majority, which can drastically change decision-making and the direction of both the town and the county, depending, of course, on how the new representatives vote.

Rather than representing their individual wants and needs, doing what’s popular, serving any other group or making decisions to gain political power, the new representatives — and the old ones — must keep in mind that they serve only one group of people and interests, and that’s those of who elected them and their constituents.

Both the town and the county have made progress in recent years, but there’s much more growing that can be done and more improvement that both boards can do to better the wellbeing of the residents and taxpayers of Buckingham.

Jordan Miles is the managing editor of The Farmville Herald. His email address is