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First responder seeks mayor’s office in Remington

Sunday, Mar. 16 | By Jonathan Hunley
Lisa Davis Courtesy of Kristen Conway Photography
Lisa Davis is looking to move upstairs at the Remington Volunteer Fire & Rescue building.

She's familiar with the downstairs digs, as she's worked full-time as a Fauquier County paramedic for nearly four years and as volunteer before that.

But now she seeks to run the gatherings that happen in a meeting room at the firehouse, those of the Remington Town Council.

The 43-year-old is running for the job of mayor, challenging incumbent Gerald A. Billingsley in the May 6 contest.

It's just another part of public service, Davis said earlier this week.

"It's an opportunity to help people in a different way," she said.

Davis has lived in Remington since November 2008. She grew up in western Pennsylvania and got interested in emergency services after she was in a car accident when she was 15 years old.

She volunteered after graduating from college at Penn State and was touched by the care of first responders again when her first house in Fauquier County burned to the ground.

She recalls a fireman bringing her what was left of a photo album after the blaze. It was charred, melted. But the young man lovingly placed it before her, an act of preserving a personal item for someone who had lost just about everything.

Now, Davis is asking residents to let her care for the town, to shepherd the government.

"We need to move forward," she said.

Remington has a lot going for it, Davis said, including proximity to the Rappahannock River, railroad history and a major highway nearby in U.S. 29.

The first-time candidate said too often discussion of civic matters ends up as a litany of negatives: why something didn't work in the past or won't work now.

"I don't want to hear anymore about how we can't do things," Davis said.

She'd like to see more community events held to boost residents' views of their town. And she would push for refurbishing streets and sidewalks.

Enforcement of regulations already on the books also could curb blight in neighborhoods and ensure that property values don't decline, Davis said.

She would push to make Remington more pedestrian-friendly, if elected, and she would like to see more small businesses come to town.

"We don't need a Walmart or big business," she said, further noting that quality local operations can give the town a "boutique" feel.

Davis also has spoken up before the current council about problems with crime, specifically gang activity, and she said the town police department is underfunded.

Of course, talk of politics and policy isn't a new development in her house.

Davis lives with Councilman Chad M. Ralls, and she emphasized that, like him, her interest in the town comes from the fact that she has made it her home.

No, Davis wasn't born in Remington.

"I chose to live here," she said.

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