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About Randall

Passion - Preparation - Patience - Perseverance - People

 

You may have seen me photographing events or helping to run a bike riding skills program for youth in the community.  These two things have been life-long passions and highlight my dedication to my serving my community. 

 

As a journalist I listened to people's stories, good and bad, to share with the community.  I used data to  identify trends and found ways to share that information in human terms so people could make informed decisions. I will bring this same approach as your representative.

I'm active in the community with a focus on youth and safe streets for all. My goals are to empower youth and encourage people to enjoy the outdoors.

  • I helped found and run Bike Box of the Blue Ridge, a nonprofit community bike shop that teaches youth to fix bikes and ride safely. We provide quality donated bikes to the community at low or no cost. My favorite time in Bike Box is with teens who work on their own bikes and learning about their lives and goals.  

  • Current member of the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club and Former President of the Staunton Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis's mission is to support and empower youth.

  • Board Member of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.  We want stronger, freer, healthier, connected, inclusive, and more joyful communities.

  • Organized a committee with representatives from  Augusta Health, Murphy Deming and government partners to create the first Walk-Bike Summit in 2019 that brought together 75 stakeholders to discuss the power of the outdoors in producing an atmosphere for economic development. 

Issues driven by your suggestions and data

 

I suggested a greenway that would run along the South River from Hershey to McKee as part of the Small Area Plan for Stuarts Draft. It has become part of the draft plan that will be finalized by the end of the year.  With the bike Coalition he is working with the City of Waynesboro to obtain grants to design and over time build hiking and biking trails in Sunset Park. These would provide a safe area for families to ride bikes or walk for recreation and enjoy the beautiful vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Projects like this are important to the wellness of the community that are key actions items in the August Health Community Health Needs Assessment.

Self-starter who seeks solutions

Randall has always been a self-starter who loves a challenge and is a solutions-oriented thinker.

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Five words: passion, preparation, patience, perseverance, and people are my "P " principal to success. These words flowed through my mind as I climbed Denali in 1995. Words that summarize how I had a terrific journalism career, words that express how I summited Denali and Kilimanjaro, words that have helped me start a nonprofit, and enjoy a lifetime of seeing the world from the seat of my bike. Passion is always at the core, the other four P's flow in and out as needed in the moment. People is the other core piece of success. If it's not going to empower and help others, why bother.  

Project management

Two phrases that steer me when working with groups of people are "creative collaboration" and "empower the expert". Ideas come easily to me, but I know I'm not the smartest person in the room. I love to be part of brainstorming sessions and creating solution space for others to find answers to problems or prepare for the future.  I promise to bring this approach to the statehouse and form a bipartisan caucus to seek understanding and create common ground legislation. 

Guiding Principles

My view from the summit of Denali in 1993. 

Professional

 

Journalist, serving over 40 years with community, major metro, and international news outlets. Wolf saw this work at newspapers as a way to serve the community. It also gave him an appreciation for listening and hearing multiple sides of an issue. He respects different points of view and is  willing to find a middle ground.

Early life and my journey 

I grew up on a farm in eastern Pennsylvania where I baled hay, cleaned stalls, and roamed and played in the countryside with friends. Riding bikes became my first passion at age 13. It was a tool for adventure and came with responsibility. 

The other tool that changed my life was learning to use a camera in high school; becoming a photographer was also a pathway to professional career as a photojournalist and great way to connect with people. During my career my images were used to help shutdown a landfill that was poisoning a stream, took  me to Central America with a Congressional delegation to better understand the civil wars in the region, and to a World Series. Later, as an editor, I assigned the first western reporting team into Libya in 20 years. Amazing as these experiences may have been, what has really been the mainstay in my reporting was the covering communities and the people who find themselves in the news:  business leaders, families raising their children, local volunteers, and high school athletes playing their best—these are the stories of real people.  

I love the outdoors, enjoy biking, hiking, and has successfully climbed Denali and Kilimanjaro. His first great adventure was a summer in high school he with five friends rode from their homes outside of Philadelphia to Nova Scotia and Back over three-weeks. That 2,100 mile trip is part of my lifetime biking miles over over 125,000. It's a wonderful way to experience the world.  

As a journalist my career was dedicated to serving the community, listening to their stories, good and bad, to share with the community, keeping an eye on the elected officials, and identify trends and sharing trusted information so people could make informed decisions to move their lives forward. Not unlike what I will do as your representative. A favorite quote his father often used was, "figures don't lie, but liars can figure." Randall has used raw data throughout his career to identify trends and stories to inform readers on the issues and would take the same approach as a supervisor.  

Now I promise to bring my passion to represent the community with fiscal sensibilities and social vison.