Shanks announces candidacy for reelection

Current city council member Fred O. Shanks, III announced in a press release Friday that he will be seeking a fourth term on Danville City Council.

Shanks, a Danville native, was first elected to city council in May 2008. As a member of City Council for the past 12 years, Shanks has served as member, chairman and vice chairman of the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority. He also serves on the Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority, the Danville Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board, the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and the Danville Utility Commission.

Prior to city council, Shanks served 12 years on the Danville Planning Commission.

Shanks is licensed as a professional engineer and land surveyor, and he operates an office in Danville.

As a candidate, Shanks is a strong proponent of regional cooperation.

“Through his appointment to the Danville- Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority, created Staunton River Regional Industrial Facility Authority, and the Danville-Pittsylvania County Metropolitan Planning Organization, he has seen and experienced the results that can be achieved through municipalities working together,” the press release said.

Shanks also stands by the principles set forth by the founding fathers.

“These principals have served our country well, making the United States a world leader for almost 250 years,” Shanks said. “I feel very strongly that States rights, limited government, low taxes and fewer government regulations are essential to a private sector job creation, which drives our economy.”

Shanks is married to Kathy Shanks. He has two sons, Fred and Andy.

Shanks’ current term ends on June 30, 2020.

Elections for Danville City Council will be held on May 5.

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