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Heidi David-Young

County Board of Supervisors
Gainesboro District

Meet Heidi David-Young

I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where my parents served the community as family practice physicians.  I attended college at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.  After college, I spent two years in Denver, CO working with the homeless through the Urban Servant Corps and later in social work.  I then moved to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where I received my Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory. I did not get ordained to the active ministry at that time, instead choosing to serve my community again with a career in homeless ministry.

Ten years after going to seminary, while living in Cincinnati, OH where my husband, the Rev. Dr. David Young, was serving as a pastor, and after our two sons were born, I did discern the call to ordained ministry.  After serving a year of internship in Cincinnati, I went back to school at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio   In May of 2010, I was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  My husband and I then moved to Winchester to take the call as Senior and Associate pastors at Bethel Lutheran Church (where David still serves as Pastor).  Shortly after arriving in Winchester, our daughter was born. After serving Bethel for 3 years, I went on leave from call in 2013 and continue in that capacity to better care for our family – Noah (16), Micah (11) and Leah (8).  I have continued to supply preach around the area, I work with Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp as Director of Retreat and Renewal, and have served as an interim pastor for the North Mountain Lutheran Parish in Shenandoah County.  I am a lifelong Lutheran and love living, working and playing in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

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Heidi's Priorities

Education

  • Build a better and stronger working relationship with Frederick County School Board

  • Increase funding in the budget for capital improvements, needed renovations for outdated schools, and a fourth high school

  • Develop a 3 – 5 year plan that outlines funding for public schools

  • Create competitive salaries for teachers and administrators that reflect state government policies

  • Ensure every child is provided the opportunity to perform at their highest potential

  • Fund additional meals for at-risk students living in low-income household to address issues of food insecurity

  • Encourage continuation of annual cultural sensitivity trainings
  • Budget

  • Increase budget to reflect actual needs and services of increasing population in Frederick County

  • Look at the tax rate in comparison to other similar areas. What is a reasonable tax rate for our county? The average tax rate for state of Virginia is $.74 per $100 real estate assessed value. Frederick County is $.61

  • Explore creative ways to bring revenue to Frederick County, i.e renewable sources of energy – solar

  • Create a broadband initiative program for rural areas without decent connectivity
  • Public Safety

  • Create and fund needed positions to adequately protect all citizens in Frederick County

  • Be a voice of reason that puts Frederick County Sheriff’s Department as priority

  • Funding for updated technology to reduce or eliminate certain safety risk factors, i.e. response time

  • Re-evaluate flood plan – what to do when roads flood, and how we can act to prevent flooding

  • Advocate for Cultural Sensitivity Training so everyone is prepared to respond fairly in tense situations

  • Advocate for even better relationships with schools, and how to keep kids safe
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