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Schubert says solar power can save Manassas Park $1 million

Manassas Park residents will head to the polls for the November 8, 2016, General Election to choose who should fill three open council seats, and a vote for a new mayor.
 
Richard R. Schubert Jr. bills himself as a community activist and familiar face at Governing Body meetings. He is runing as a write-in candidate to fill one of two open seats on the Governing Body.

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We sent a questionnaire to Schubert, and all other candidates seeking office for the Manassas Park Governing Body. His responses are below: 
 
PL: What are the top three major issues facing Manassas Park residents?

Schubert:
City debt and expenses, school and services funding, lack of cultural events.

PL: What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?
 
Schubert: City debt and expenses- I would like to see a Solar Power Study done and implementation of Solar Power to the Community Center to start. Their utilities in the budget last year were $200,000 and that does not include water use. Over five years we could see savings of close to $1 million from my first look at the budget and data by trying this approach if the study shows we can bank enough power to meet the needs of the facility.

Office equipment is currently a $50,000 budget line item and I would change that for the next two years to by special request and approval only. We had many upgrades recently and should be fine without upgrades the next two years in my opinion.

Refinancing current debt is the biggest saving for the stability of Manassas Park and if this is not already done by the time I take office I will push forward to see what can be done with the existing rate we currently pay. I also want to go to all business and create a common media site FB/Twitter to get special events that any local businesses can use to get announcements out to the community.

Schools and Services- The first thing I would apply cost savings dollars toward would be Schools and Services. I would like to lower our tax rate but these priorities have to come first. We have a large Latino community and need to make sure the schools are equipped to handle English Second Language to be successful and strengthen our community.

We also need to look at competing with salaries with other cities and school districts, we lose good people because of a lack of cost of living increases.

Lack of cultural events- The first thing I would like is to have a Multicultural day in the Spring with Rock, Country, Latin, Hip/Hop, and other diverse music groups. I would also want food vendors in the City there to represent our many cultures.

 
PL: From your perspective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking?

Schubert:
City Council is a job that needs skills to analyze budgets and come up with solution to make revenue and spending as balanced as possible while giving the community the highest consideration in decision making. Being an ear to hear and a voice to speak to concerns of the people must be of the highest priority.

PL: What expertise will you bring to the office?

Schubert:
I have been an outspoken leader for the people of Manassas Park, I have lived here 18 years and want a higher standard of living than we have at this time. My skills are organization, creativity, and toughness. Currently I am a Career and Technical Education Instructor at Falls Church Academy and also the Workplace Readiness Skills Collaborative Team Lead. My last job at Inova Fairfax Hospital I was the Senior Pharmacy Technician Manager for four years where I managed and trained technicians.

PL: Do you feel that the average citizen is well informed and understands the workings of city government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency? 
 
Schubert: The City website is improving, The Parks and Rec.(Community Center) is doing a good job of that. Governing body needs to have a Facebook site to get out news as well as what they currently do so I would use more social media if and when possible.
 
PL: Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they effected you?
 
Schubert: The mistakes I have made were opportunities that I turned down because I was not ready to take and thus missed chances to make a difference and be more successful.
 
PL: Our readers want leaders in local government. Why should they vote for you?
 
Schubert: I have been on the Board of Zoning, Social Services Advisory Board, and Parks and Rec. Advisory Committee. I have also spoken at City Council meetings on many occasions to try to make a difference. I have creative ideas and listen to my friends and neighbors to know the problem and have ideas to solve those problems or concerns as they may be.

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Candidate Profile

Candidate Name

Richard R. Schubert Jr.

Contact Information

https://www.facebook.com/Schubert-For-Council-781199298689500/

Candidate Stats

I’m running for: Manassas Park Governing Body

Work:

  • Career and Technical Education Teacher

School:

  • North Hills School of Health Occupations Pittsburgh, PA for Pharmacy Technician
    Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh, PA for General Studies NVCC Manassas, VA Foreign Language Studies(Spanish) and General Studies University of Phoenix Falls Church, VA Business of Administration Studies(
    University of Phoenix Falls Church, VA Business of Administration Studies(non-degree)
    UVA Integration of Technology in Education( Coursework non-degree)

Community involvement:

  • As a community advocate I have spoken at many City Council meetings at least a dozen times over the past 15 years during Citizen’s Time regarding budget issues, against tax increases, and against undesirable zoning changes. Listening to the concerns of others and addressing them to Manassas Park City Council has always been something I am proud of and would continue to do whether or not I am elected. As a teacher, I do my homework to offer solutions for the betterment of our community and quality of life. I have also been on the Board of Zoning, Social Services Advisory Board, and Parks and Rec. Advisory Committee.

Political affiliation:

  • Independent