I appreciate the confirmation by Louise van Dort in last week’s letter wherein she affirmed my entitlement to participate in this all-important election for Circuit Court Clerk. Yes, I am a write-in candidate for the position, registered and recorded with the local registrar, Nancy Newlin, as required by the State Board of Elections.
To clarify, however, as to the status of “write-in”: There was a recent little-known legislative change enacted to provide election officials additional time to prepare for Election Day, thus shortening the number of days allotted for a candidate to submit the required documents for inclusion on the ballot. The change resulted in my missing the new filing deadline by one business day.
The absolute: In no way does my write-in status diminish the commitment I have made to run for this office, nor does it affect my strong desire to serve this county. I accept the fact that people must write my name, Lavonne Adkins, on the ballot and darken the oval preceding my name. This act is a declarative affirmation in favor of a Rappahannock native bringing positive change to local service.
I graduated from the local school system and continued my post-secondary education at Shenandoah University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in business with a major in accounting. As a degreed professional, I have worked as a public accountant for 25 years, employed and self-employed, and I have dealt in a variety of industries, including construction, real estate and investments. My experience is varied and my talents are many that can be utilized in service of this county.
My public service began when I worked in George Mason University’s continuing education division, on the front lines with the public and later as the division’s acting business manager. Skills of office management, organization and attention to detail were tried, tested and confirmed daily. More important, I learned quickly that people are the valuable commodity that we service in business and in the community. They expect and deserve to be treated with genuine courtesy and respect, nothing less. Treat others as you wish to be treated. If this is termed ceremonial greeting, then I am a staunch supporter of the practice. It makes the world a better place.
Volunteering and community spirit is also high on my list of priorities. I am involved in my church, the Washington Baptist. I am a volunteer with the Rappahannock County Soccer Association, for which over the years I have served as the referee coordinator, assigning referees and refereeing games, in addition to serving on the board.
This season I am also coach for the under-16 team. I’m in my third year as middle school coach of the Wakefield Country Day School’s boys’ soccer team, and I serve on the board of the Rappahannock Nonprofit Center, which operates the Link, your local community center.
My three children, Trevor Lee, Tanyon Lee and Tymbor Lee, are also involved in the community, volunteering in church and community. They have their own business, offering services for hire, of which many of you have taken advantage. With a strong work ethic and pride in their work, they enjoy helping others.
Both my daughter, Tymbor, and my son, Tanyon, participate in school sports, play local recreation league soccer, and play travel soccer with the Fauquier County Soccer Club. Tanyon has recently been accepted to the Olympic Development Program for soccer with upcoming tryouts for the state team.
In conclusion, the information presented here provides a fair scope of the life of this candidate willing to serve as your next Clerk of the Circuit Court. There’s no doubt as to proficiency of service and seamless transition in November when you cast your vote for me.
I send thanks to the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee for their hospitality last Tuesday evening, when I was given the honor to address the members, and a special thanks to Henry Gorfein for sharing his delicious cake with the crowd. He is quite the baker.