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Lori B. Sisson wants another term in The Plains

Tuesday, Apr. 1 | By Jonathan Hunley
Lori B. Sisson
Lori B. Sisson already has a government job that requires lots of time and dedication: She's a probation officer. So why would she want another?

"It's truly about giving back," she said Monday in her Warrenton office, the Washington Redskins paint scheme calming a room where serious cases are tackled.

That second job is town councilwoman in The Plains. It's a position to which the incumbent would like voters to return her when they cast ballots May 6.

Sisson is one four candidates for three slots on the council. Her fellow incumbents Joyce Heflin Pearson and Heidi H. Van Voorhis want to serve again, and challenger Charles E. Westbrook would like to unseat one of the three.

Sisson grew up in Fauquier, leaving for a long stretch only when it was time to attend Radford University. And she felt grateful that she could return to the county and find a job.

So she tries to give back to her neighbors through her work with the Department of Corrections, and through service on Town Council and with the Community League.

"They've been good to me," she said.

The Town Council has a nice mix of newcomers and longtime residents, Sisson said, and as one of the latter group, she can provide a sense of history to the governing body.

In terms of accomplishments, she said the council did well in approving the Windy Hill Foundation's affordable, so-called "workforce" housing.

"I think that's been positive," Sisson said of the effort.

And she noted that she believes this even though she voted against the measure because she wasn't in favor of all of the units proposed.

If re-elected, Sisson said she'd like to see more businesses come to The Plains, perhaps a barber shop or a restaurant that's less formal than current eateries.

She's also eager to see the results of a pilot project to address speeding in the town.

The council agreed last year to spend $1,800 to have off-duty Fauquier sheriff's deputies monitor traffic during certain times of the day.

In addition, Sisson would like to see town residents get more involved in the community "just so people can know each other," she said.

Too often in the hustle and bustle of 21st-century life, some in The Plains and elsewhere don't even slow down enough to know who lives around them.

When they make those connections, though, the bonds become strong, Sisson said.

"It's about the neighbors helping neighbors," she said.

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