As a native Virginian growing up in rural Manassas I enjoyed the benefits of small community, but later that community deteriorated. In its quest for growth, the community became sterile, you knew few neighbors in a land raped by developers. We moved on.
Our desire to make the Town of Washington our home was blocked, and litigation initiated over denial by its historic district commission. As our legal counsel I learned a lot about David Konick. Not only did he provide excellent representation, but he became a friend. I looked in the window of what makes this maverick tick. Smart, irritating, loyal, overbearing, dedicated, are all terms that at some point can, have and will be applied to David Konick.
It was evident that David possessed a love for Rappahannock and the rural environment. He is a legal protectionist, dedicated to see Rappahannock protected from an inevitable attack of creeping growth. He knows that developers with political influence and pockets deeper than the county will attack shortfalls in archaic zoning ordinances and push Rappahannock down the road of Prince William, Fauquier and Culpeper. Rappahannock’s uniqueness will be lost forever.
David Konick presents an opportunity for Rappahannock to prepare going forward. His legal perspective and passion for the land is desperately needed to maintain a quality enjoyed in Rappahannock. If voters are not concerned about the small bites that unconstrained growth and rampant development take from the apple, soon the apple will be gone.
Don’t think it can’t happen. It can, it has and it will continue. David Konick is best suited and should be trusted with the responsibility of protecting Rappahannock’s way of life. His election to the board of supervisors presents an opportunity that those who love the county should grasp. Devolution of lifestyle can be one supervisor’s vote away.
Pawleys Island, SC