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Joyce Heflin Pearson seeks re-election in The Plains

Thursday, Mar. 27 | By Jonathan Hunley
Joyce Heflin Pearson
Both of Joyce Heflin Pearson's parents served on the Town Council, and she followed in their footsteps.

And she's not ready to stop serving. She'd like voters to give her another four years when they go to the polls May 6.

Pearson is one of four candidates for three Town Council seats in The Plains. Her fellow incumbents Lori B. Sisson and Heidi H. Van Voorhis want to serve again, and challenger Charles E. Westbrook also is running.

Pearson's family has lived in The Plains for more than 100 years, and their commitment to others has been constant over that time.

"I was born into it," she said of civic service.

Besides serving on council, Pearson's mother also was the town treasurer. So Pearson remembers that when the municipality had a police officer, he would come to her home to collect his paycheck.

Not all of Pearson's friends growing up stuck around, though. Much of her generation has moved away, she said.

She stayed, however, and she wants to be a voice for residents.

"I feel like I know the people in town," Pearson said recently.

Living in a tight-knit community meant that she learned from the examples that not only her parents, but also her neighbors set for her.

"I was so lucky to grow up here," Pearson said.

If re-elected, she wants to be a special booster for the town, encouraging residents to come to events and perhaps getting the word out about town news through Fauquier Times submissions.

The town is fortunate to have a healthy business climate, she said, but economic development is needed so that more working folk can afford to shop in town and so that residents can eat in a restaurant that doesn't require reservations.

Some current business owners cater more to out-of-towners than to those who actually live in The Plains, Pearson said.

And that means goods that can be pricey.

"I feel like all I can do in town is get my oil changed," she said.

A certified public account, Pearson also is concerned about the town's fiscal health.

She believes in keeping town taxes low, and in having a conservative budget.

"We've been very careful with our budget," the councilwoman said.

Though she would like another term, Pearson said she'll stay involved with her hometown even if she isn't one of the three highest vote-getters on Election Day.

But she joked that she especially likes having a council member's vote on civic matters of import.

Mainly, though, Pearson just wants to do what's right by her neighbors.

"I really do love the people in this community," she said.

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