The Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Association announced that they have decided to endorse Marleen Durfee for the Matoaca District Board of Supervisors, Mark Fausz for the Bermuda District Board of Supervisors, and Jim Holland for the Dale District Board of Supervisors.
Durfee has an extensive background working on public safety issues. She was endorsed by the Firefighters Association in 2007 also. Dave Hammond, Chairman of the Endorsement Committee, stated, “Mrs. Durfee has been a real advocate for public safety. One of her top priorities was to provide adequate funding for fire and emergency medical service in the county.”
As a former Managing Editor for the Village News, Mr. Fausz has 14 years of reporting on and analyzing past decisions made by the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “He is well aware what the citizens want from their representative,” said Hammond. “We are excited to endorse a candidate that is eager to serve and to base his decision making on what his constituents want. He is not a politician but a public servant.”
“Jim [Holland] has been a true friend and ally to firefighters” said Hammond. “During his time on the Budget and Audit committee, Mr. Holland worked hard to move funds in order to address crucial issues in the fire department, such as our aging apparatus fleet and insufficient funds for building maintenance and repair.”
The Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Association conducts a thorough evaluation process prior to making any endorsement. Candidates must complete a questionnaire on issues important to firefighters. The candidate must then meet with the five-person committee that questions the candidate about their position on firefighter and public safety issues. “We pride ourselves on having a fair and unbiased process” said Hammond. “Our decision is based on a candidate’s position and not their party affiliation.”
The Chesterfield Professional Firefighters Association represents over 360 career firefighters in Chesterfield County. The Association works with the leadership of Chesterfield County to provide safe working conditions and adequate resources to protect the citizens.