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Stanley L. Heaney Sr. seeks a fifth term in Remington

Friday, Mar. 28 | By Jonathan Hunley
Stanley L. Heaney Sr.
Remington Vice Mayor Stanley L. Heaney Sr.'s entry into elected politics wasn't a long, drawn-out process in which he was vetted by campaign professionals.

Nope. He was approached by some townsfolk about running as a write-in candidate in the 2006 Town Council election.

"They said, 'If we write you in, would you serve?' And I said OK," Heaney recalled Wednesday, sitting in a booth at The Corner Deli.

That simple request, though, began eight years of public service. And the restauranteur would like to continue his second job. He's one of seven candidates for six Remington council seats this year.

Incumbents Evan H. Ashby III, J. Wilson Clatterbuck and Van M. Loving also want to be re-elected; Councilman Chad M. Ralls, who was appointed to an unexpired term, is running for a full term; and Devada R. Allison Jr. and Randy A. McMillion are on the May 6 ballot, as well.

Next month, Heaney will have spent 26 years in Remington, having relocated in the town from Bucks County, Pa., outside Philadelphia.

A former colleague persuaded him to come to Virginia, so Heaney headed south, having been married only six months and with only $3,000 to his name.

Now he operates The Corner Deli, which has become a Remington landmark.

He noted that the town, like the state and nation, is continuing a return from recession.

In the past, when the State Bank of Remington was operating in the town, its dozens of employees contributed mightily to local commerce.

Ditto for the also-departed Trinity Plastics, which had three shifts of some 100 to 200 workers.

Heaney's confident that Remington can see lots of business activity again, but first it will have to make it through the current economic bad times.

"It will come back," he said, "but it takes time."

His colleague Ralls has suggested the town annex some surrounding property to boost the tax base, and Heaney said that sounds good in theory.

But he wants to make sure that the additional money Remington would have to spend on government services for the annexed residents wouldn't be more than the extra revenue the town would receive from real-estate taxes.

Heaney also said noted that the town likely will have to raise water rates for residents soon.

That's necessary to pay for the half-million dollars of debt Remington incurred putting in a new filtration system to lower arsenic levels in the water supply, he said.

Then there's the issue of crime, Heaney said. Lisa Davis, who's running for mayor against incumbent Gerald A. Billingsley, has said publicly that it has increased in Remington.

But Heaney said he's not so sure, and he praised local law-enforcement agencies.

Seemingly whenever there's wrongdoing, town police or the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office handles it quickly, he said.

"Sheriff [Charlie] Fox is a lot more on the ball than people give him credit for sometimes," Heaney said.

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