Pamela Sopall

Pam SopallWhat would you like voters to know about you?

I am a lifelong resident of Hanover County (from the Brown Grove community), and a 39-year resident of the Town of Ashland. I graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1972 and reside on North Snead Street, having built the first home in my particular section. While watching Council meetings and attending town events, I became motivated to learn about town government, and how I can be a resource to current operations and initiatives while remaining aware of and addressing citizens’ concerns. 

What characteristics or principles are most important for a member of Ashland's Town Council to possess?

A member of the Town Council should be open to the voices of residents and business owners. Members should be willing to sit and talk with people about their concerns and discuss what is going on in town. When council members are asked questions, they might not be familiar with or know answers to, it is important to be authentic in communication and willing to say "I don't know the answer, but I'll get back with you as soon as I can." I think council members should also be prepared to handle all public comments, keeping in mind that the comments of a few do not represent all voices in town.

What is the biggest issue facing the Town of Ashland, and how might you suggest the community/Town address it?

While canvassing, I've been alerted that affordable housing is a concern. Whether it's renting or being able to buy a home, I would want to be able to direct people to resources that will help them afford safe and comfortable housing.

What three words would you use to describe Ashland?

Family-oriented. Safe. Walkable.

Why do you want to serve in public office?

I want to become more familiar with how our town operates, reviews information, and makes decisions that affect everyone within the jurisdiction. I live in North Ashland, and have been affected by the amount of standing water after huge amounts of rain, and would like to see more solutions concerning this persistent issue. There are also areas in town that need more sufficient lighting. 

I appreciate the conversations that have been sparked while canvassing as residents confided in me and I will do my best to bring attention to their concerns. Mobile home residents shared a desire to have more than one exit/entrance into their community and a desire to feel safer. A lack of sidewalks in neighborhoods is a concern for families. Homes with structural damage that pose a safety threat and unsightly landscaping/ground conditions. Cars speeding through neighborhoods. Heavy traffic on Washington highway because of motor incidents on I-95. It is my desire to increase my knowledge of the entire town structure, as well as its residents and businesses to become an excellent point of contact for resources.