House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
Sarah Goodman, a realtor with Barker Realty and mother of four, formally announced her candidacy for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Windsor District. Her announcement was held at the 419 library Monday afternoon.
She was surrounded by Democratic supporters: Sheriff Gerald Holt, Commission of Revenue Steve McGraw, City Councilwoman Gwen Mason candidate for the 17th District House of Delegates, Pat Paterson who is running for the Vinton District against Mike Altizer, Charlene Waybright running in the Hollins District against Richard Flora. former Councilwoman Linda Wyatt, and the candidate for the 8th District Ginny Weisz who is opposing incumbent delegate Morgan Griffith.
Responsiveness, input, and involvement by County residents is what Goodman offers.
Goodman’s priorities include “schools, smart roads and smart government.” She is currently Vice President of the PTA at Green Valley Elementary School. She wants Roanoke County to find ways to be more efficient by keeping taxes low while providing the same level of services. Goodman says she offers a fresh perspective with her platform.
She would have opposed the multi-gen center and would have sought input from residents for the replacement for the 419 main library.
She supports keeping Bent Mountain Elementary open and will “stridently oppose any effort to close it.”
“All of the six precincts in Windsor Hills have some common issues, but each precinct is also unique and has its own character and own set of issues. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work for this district. Each precinct deserves to have its concerns heard and valued. If elected, Sarah will conduct citizen input meetings in each precinct.”