By Ed Lowry
Even while Dad is hard at work campaigning for the election this fall, our family made time to get together on the Fourth of July with cousins and friends. I work as a Biology Professor at Hampden-Sydney College, a central Virginia school proud of its liberal arts curriculum and long history - one of the oldest Colleges in the country! I teach classes in Ecology, and even during our short vacation at the Chesapeake Bay I get encouraging reminders of how our society's improving awareness and stewardship of our natural resources is slowly having effects. It appears the outlooks for marine life which is so vital to our ecological health and economies, for example the Chesapeake Bay crabs and oysters, are better than they have been for decades. We even got to see playful dolphins in the water, much to the excitement of my young daughter and her cousins and friends. Our family in Albemarle has always felt strongly about our place in the beautiful ecology of Virginia and our role as responsible managers of its resources. I know my father if elected will have the Rural nature of Albemarle always in his thoughts. His steadfast commitment to these responsibilities and others will reward the voters of Samuel Miller in representing their needs if they elect him this fall!
By Nancy Lowry
My husband and I recently returned from a trip to the UK.
We both have ties to Scotland, where the cultures of both enterprise and thrift are deeply rooted.
Perhaps these ties have stirred John’s desire to serve Albemarle County. His discipline and knowledge about money might even be the envy of a Scot’s banker.
I find it fascinating to hear him speak of county finances with which he is so familiar. For instance, this month the Supervisors approved budget amendments to fiscal year 2017 and fiscal year 2018. $75 million in added spending from bond issuance, capital spending projects and surplus revenue ($8 ½ million as of last June 30th.)
Since his career was in finance he knows all about debt capital. He assures me debt is not bad, it is only a matter of how it is paid back that interests him. If, for instance, the county had landed the Deschutes Brewery at I-64 and 29 South he has explained how the 150,000 barrel craft brewer could easily have paid the county $2 ½ million a year in taxes. . . paying off a bond or two.
This Spring the Supervisors issued a lease revenue bond for $22 million, because they said interest rates were going up. John says interest rates in fact have gone DOWN since the March issue date. If that same issue were brought to market today the county would save about $500,000 in interest cost over the life of the bond.
I believe his experienced, level-headed approach to county finance would make any Scot banker proud!
Albemarle County Republican Committee nominates John Lowry for the Board of Supervisors representing the Samuel Miller District
By George Urban
Albemarle County Republican Committee, Chair
The Albemarle County Republican Committee has nominated John Lowry for the Board of Supervisors representing the Samuel Miller District. He is an incredibly well-respected leader and brings a depth of experience acquired through decades of service in our community.
The time has come for a more balanced approach in Albemarle County. Mr. Lowry's opponent has been a key player in increasing the tax burden on residents, chasing away good paying jobs, and stonewalling responsible economic development. Albemarle has suffered unprecedented turnover in county staff, including the resignations of the economic development director and the county executive. The direction of the past four years is unsustainable.
I am excited to support John Lowry (Lowry for Albemarle) to bring balance to Albemarle County. My comments come after the Republican meeting May 16th. We had a strong turnout at the Northside Library that Tuesday evening.
"We should have better use of our land … we should have a better approach to our finances," Lowry said in a speech at the mass meeting. "We need a ... real economic development program."
I also spoke at the meeting saying, "I'm really excited about John Lowry," Albemarle County Republican Committee Chairman George Urban said. "He brings a unique depth of experience with the positions he’s held in our community over the past three decades, and I think he’ll be a terrific candidate."
Now that I have filed the Candidacy Certificate for John with the County Registrar he will be on the Ballot November 7, 2017. John is eager to begin campaigning. Samuel Miller constituents have much to hear from this able man. He is a good listener, too, so when he knocks on your door he wants to hear thoughts on how a new face in County Government can make things better.
As a young man john was paid by Colonial Williamsburg to perform with the Fife and Drum Corps. Being in close touch with a part of our nation’s history with which Colonial Williamsburg was founded John later transferred to playing Bagpipes in Charlottesville. Today, John is a proud member the Albemarle Pipes & Drums Corps.
Being a part of the Albemarle Pipes & Drums is a form of community service for him. The Pipe band performs, teaches, and preserves the music and culture of Scotland and the British Isles through the music of the Great Highland Bagpipes both locally and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pictured here is John doing a Palm Sunday service at Grace Episcopal church.The next Pipe band event will be marching in the Dogwood Parade April 22nd.
As I am now working with John on his campaign I am discovering he has many talents to share. Early on I felt convinced he would be a good leader in county governance.
Last month the Board of Supervisors had an agenda item (March 8th – Economic Site Readiness Report) to hear from a consultant about land available as commercial assets in the Comp Plan (“Growth”) area. In May 2015, the Supervisors, following the lead of staff effort, passed unanimously a Resolution inviting an unnamed business to consider locating in Albemarle County.Read more
Established in 1976, the Charlottesville Ten Miler is the area's oldest and most prestigious footrace. This not-for-profit race has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities over the past 40 years.
This popular local race travels through UVa and surrounding neighborhoods and downtown Charlottesville including the Downtown Mall. It is known for its scenic and challenging, hilly course, as well as it's supportive fans and cheering groups along the way.
Candidate John Lowry ran the Charottesville Ten Miler on March 18th, 2017, placing lucky 13th in his age group.
Photos: On the Downtown Mall, at the finish line, at the finish line with daughter and granddaughter, and a previous year's finish line.
The county has sent the city $280 million to the City of Charlottesville since the agreement went into effect as the result of of a county referendum to prevent the city annexing county property in return for a share of Albemarle’s real estate tax revenue each year.Read more
John Lowry announced Thursday he is running for the Samuel Miller District seat on the Board of Supervisors for a second time, but will do so as a Republican this go around.Read more
John Lowry announces his candidacy for Samuel Miller District, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors
John Lowry's announcement speechRead more