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2014 Town Elections Profiles: Derrick Wood for Dumfries Town Council

Name: Derrick Wood

Campaign website:

Age: 36

Town of residence: Dumfries, Va.

Office seeking: Town Council

Occupation: Chef

Community involvement: Derrick serves as chapter leader of the DC Metro Chapter of the Kingdom Chamber of Commerce, contributing writer to Thy Kingdom Carriers an International publication, the Chairman and Founding member of the Dumfries Parks and Recreation Commission, and an advisory board for Stratford University’s School of Hospitality Management. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in Philosophy.

Why should young people be excited to vote for you?

Young people can see that I care about the things that matter most to them, like getting an education, recreational programs, and creating a family friendly cultural in the Town. Young people of all ages vote for people that they can relate to and value the same things that they value. Like me, I know young people value a pride of belonging to a community focused on growth and development.

In your opinion, what are the top three major issues facing the district you wish to represent? What concrete solutions do you propose to address these issues?

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Create a concrete plan that will develop the people that make up our community. When you invest in people and believe in their value. Then the whole community wins!

INFRASTRUCTURE – The roads are going to get widen, so I would begin to focus on building a good relationship between council and the major land owners in town.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS – As a council it is important that I focus on building relationships with county, federal, and state officials to help advance the vision of the Town.

From your prospective, what is the job description of the office you’re seeking? What expertise will you bring to the position?

To provide input on creating a clear vision of what the Town of Dumfries will look like in the future. I will bring my personal experiences as father, husband, business owner and school ambassador.

Do you feel that the average citizen is well-informed and understands the workings of town government? If not, how do you intend on improving communication with your constituency?

Many citizens are not well-informed of the difference between the local government vs. the federal and state governments. The key to improving communication is by providing opportunities for them to get involved and every opportunity to plant seeds that will grow.

Have you ever made any mistakes in your public life? How have they effected you?

As a man with a son, I understand that my public life and my private life have to be the same, they have to be one. Yes I have made mistakes, yet it gave me an opportunity to learn what to do and what not to do. Every mistake is not a loss but a lesson learned.

Is there something that you are currently working to improve and develop within yourself to become a better leader?

Yes. I am working on learning how to say no to things that don’t line up with the vision that the creator has instilled in my and to trust in dark what was shown to me in the light.

Editor’s note: Editor’s note: Residents of Prince William County’s towns of Dumfries, Haymarket, Occoquan, and Quantico will head to the polls May 6. emailed a questionnaire to all candidates seeking office in this year’s elections in . The responses we received will be posted to this website.

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