OUR ENDORSEMENTS (04/29/2012) ANYONE in Fredericksburg worried about lethargy or drift on the next City Council can ease their minds by voting for Matt Kelly. In the horse latitudes he would be the fellow piloting a speedboat.
Mr. Kelly is one of four candidates vying for two at-large seats. Unlike two of the contenders, he is a proven quality, having represented Ward 3 from 2002 to 2010. As a historian–he’s got a degree from UMW–he values the city’s tangible past, but, unlike the dainty souls who can’t tell the difference between a living city and Lenin’s corpse, understands that those of us now walking around are part of time’s long parade, with our own contributions to make. Two of the premier physical amenities of downtown, the Marriott Courtyard hotel and the parking garage, exist today in great part because of his efforts.
Mr. Kelly also can be trusted on environmental and fiscal matters–as, regarding the latter, the current City Council majority knows too well. For months now, Citizen Kelly has told anyone who will listen (and some who would rather not) that the majority’s support of an omnibus courts project amounts to financial hari-kari. While good people can disagree–Mrs. Greenlaw, for one, does–no one disputes that Mr. Kelly is well-informed and driven only by his concern for the city’s wellbeing. His return to Council would ensure vigorous public discussion of important municipal issues.