A former Marine and a commuter has announced his bid for City Council. Paul Quinn says he will focus on working with state and federal leaders to make Fredericksburg a destination for higher-paying jobs so he can help reverse the burdensome commute for thousands of local residents who travel into Northern Virginia for work every week.
Quinn says he also fully endorses the mayoral campaign of Matt Paxson, the associate pastor for Fairview Baptist Church. Quinn is a defense contractor with an educational background from the Virginia Military Institute and a Master's degree in business administration from Norwich University. He was an infantry officer in the Marine Corps before he settled in Fredericksburg with his wife, Lindsey, and their two daughters.
As a father of two young children, Quinn says he values family time and he understands how commuting adversly impacts quality of life. He says he was inspired to run after watching one of Paxson's campaign videos and his chief goal will be to bring better jobs to Fredericksburg.
"Fredericksburg doesn't have to be a commuter city," is his campaign slogan on his website.
The election is May 1. Three people are running for city mayor: Paxson, Ward 3 Councilman Fred Howe and Vice Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. Former councilman Matt Kelly is trying to return to council and Planning Commissioner Roy McAfee was expected to be on the ballot for City Council as well.