June 27, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FOR MORE DATA, CONTACT: Walter J. Mabe,
Walter J. Mabe, an Independent, is a candidate for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District. Below is information on Walt:
My name is Walter J. Mabe. I am an Independent candidate running for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District. My opponent is Thomas S. Sayre, the Republican incumbent. I would like to take a few minutes to explain my background, work experience, why I moved back to Front Royal four years ago, and why I believe I am the best-qualified candidate for a position on the Board of Supervisors.
I was born and raised in Eden, North Carolina. I graduated from high school there in 1971 at the height of the Vietnam War. In high school I played on the football team and was a shot-putter on the track team, as well as working as a school bus driver for my fellow school mates. In 1971 I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years (1971-1976). My specialty was aviation electronics. Joining the Marines was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Corps broke me down physically and emotionally — then built me back up — and that started the process of making me into the man I am today.
I am eternally indebted to the Marines for the kind of person I am today. I am a very patriotic American interested in the “common good” of all people.
Following military service, I worked in small electronics shops in northern Virginia for eight years (1976-1985). This was followed by eight years in the banking and mortgage-lending business (1985-1993), specializing in commercial and residential loans. During this time my wife Taffy and I and our two children lived in Front Royal, her hometown. Taffy graduated from Warren County High School in 1971.
In 1993 — after our two children graduated from Warren County High School — Taffy and I moved to Las Vegas where I began a 21-year career (1993-2014) in the telecommunication industry as a project-manager. I worked as a contractor for companies like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Based out of Las Vegas, I would work for six to eighteen months at a time on telecommunications projects in California, Hawaii, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, and other areas.
A project manager is a problem solver, a planner, a facilitator, a negotiator, a human resource person and various other hats as needs arise. A project manager is also a good listener and speaks with confidence once he understands a problem and resolves it by listening to both sides of issues. I was better than other project managers at anticipating problems and managing risks.
My biggest satisfaction as a project manager was going to a market or problem site — analyzing the problem with the team — and providing a better solution to project at the end which gave the customer and the company a satisfactory result. Sixty percent of my time as a project manager was spent reading and understanding budgets. I CAN read budgets!
In 2014 I semi-retired. I moved with my wife Taffy back to Front Royal, Virginia, her hometown. During the past five years I have learned what a wonderful community Front Royal is in which to live, work, and raise a family.
Taffy and I have two children — a son who works for Harley-Davidson in Texas and a daughter who works for Earthbound Farms in California. We are active members of the Grace Fellowship Church of God on Westminster Drive in Front Royal. I am a director of the Prospect Hills Cemetery in Front Royal, and a member in good standing of the American Legion.
Since announcing my candidacy for the Warren County Board of Supervisors from the Shenandoah District seat, I have been asked several questions about my candidacy. Here are the answers to some of these questions:
Q: Why are you running for the Board of Supervisors?
Because Warren County needs a complete top-to-bottom change in local leadership. We can no longer tolerate local leadership that:
- Allowed the largest embezzlement in the history of Virginia
to occur — making Front Royal the
laughing stock of the state.
- Raised Warren County taxes at a time that other counties
are lowering taxes.
- Caused the morale of Warren County residents to drop to all-time lows.
- Has little vision for the future of the county.
- Raised Warren County taxes at a time that other counties are lowering taxes.
Q: Some Republicans say you are a “closet Democrat masquerading as an “independent.” Is this true?
- Absolutely not. The
charges are patently false. I am a
- In fact the reason that I am running as an Independent is that Warren County needs a “true conservative voice” to clean up the mess that poor local leadership has created. I am that independent voice.
Q: Why are Warren County residents so angry?
Because local leaders have failed to address and solve local problems.
Q: Are you willing to debate your opponent during the campaign?
Yes. I want voters to see where my views on the issues are different from my opponent’s.
Q: During the campaign, will you appear at “any meeting of all Republicans”?
Under no circumstances. I am an Independent.
Q: During the campaign, will you appear at “any meeting of all Democrats”?
Under no circumstances. I am an Independent
Q: What is the biggest problem facing Warren County?
The demoralizing impact on local residents of the EDA scandal — of the loss of more than $20 million of taxpayers’ money. Residents are extremely angry. They realize that locally-elected officers completely ignored red flags clearly evident two years that could have prevented the scandal.
Q: What kind of campaign will you
A very positive campaign. I like to deal with facts. I don’t like to sling mud.