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I just can’t stand lie. I wasn’t going to write this letter. After all, Toni Williams is not my supervisor, but the portrayal that Louisa Republican Committee Chair Graven Craig painted of Toni Williams in his Aug. 22 opinion letter “Wants Fiscal Hawk in Office” was full of lies.
I have been to many board of supervisors and broadband meetings over the years. I once believed that the board would take seriously the task of finding solutions to internet access, after former Supervisor Stephanie Koren spearheaded the effort to create a broadband authority.
I attended many meetings when they were making funding decisions on the broadband towers. Williams voted to give Central Virginia Electric Cooperative (CVEC) money to install fiber at Zion Crossroads. That’s fine and good. We all want fiber to our homes. The only problem is, it would cost tens of millions of dollars to install fiber countywide.
Williams voted to spend money on fiber in Zion Crossroads, which already has excellent internet service. He wasn’t interested in his constituents’ getting broadband, but he advocated for Zion Crossroads to get even faster internet.
Williams has been AWOL on several other issues that matter to Louisa residents. He’s never voted to give the library adequate funding. He may not use the library, but many of our citizens do. Many remember Williams’ notorious comment questioning why we need a community library at all. “Why not build a Starbucks?” he asked in public session. Really?
Let’s talk about schools. Our schools are improving and teachers have gotten raises. I doubt that Williams had much to do with that or cares very much about the schools. He has no skin in the game. His children have been homeschooled for years.
Don’t get me wrong. Homeschooling can be a great experience. I’m just saying that the schools probably aren’t a priority for Williams.
What Williams has shown up to vote for is millions and millions of dollars for new growth at Zion and the proposed industrial park at Shannon Hill. This may result in more jobs and revenue for the county or it may not. It’s a gamble and will take years or decades to realize, if ever. But “fiscal hawk” Williams took the gamble and voted for it.
Whose interests is Toni Williams looking out for? I’m not sure, but I’m certain it’s not the interests of his constituents in the Jackson District or the citizens of Louisa County. Go vote Nov. 5. Vote for your interests, not his.
Editor’s note: This originally appeared in the August 19th edition of the Central Virginian and has been re-posted here with the author’s permission.
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