Bohn and Watson seek Democratic nomination for Montgomery supervisor seat | Government and Politics
Watson said he didn’t see his age as a drawback and instead saw it as an opportunity to bring new perspectives and ideas to the county.
Watson drew on his roots in Montgomery County to demonstrate his familiarity with a number of issues. He said he was particularly close and even affected by some of the issues that the supervisory board has addressed over the years.
Watson attended Kipps Elementary School and then was among the students at Blacksburg Middle School who were temporarily transferred to Christiansburg due to the 2010 gymnasium roof collapse at the old Blacksburg High School.
The collapsing gymnasium roof alerted him to the problem of collapsing school infrastructure, an issue he said he would like to tackle more seriously if elected.
He remembered this infamous incident.
“This is all a consequence of the county not looking far enough into the future to take action to actively mitigate these risks,” he said.
Watson said he sees problems with school infrastructure in other parts of the county, particularly in the community of Shawsville in eastern Montgomery County.
“If we say our students are our future, then we have to be prepared to invest in this,” he said.
Watson raised the issue of bond ratings. He recalled that the county was unable to borrow money for major projects for a few years due, in part, to the construction of a new high school in Blacksburg.