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My Thoughts about Public Service

When I was first elected to City Council, I dedicated myself to a few principles which would be the basis of all my service on Council:

  • Limited taxation
  • Open and transparent decision making
  • Clear priorities and staying true to them
  • Disciplined government spending
  • Practical problem solving


Over the years I've never wavered from any of them. And the reason I've found them so valuable is because I can apply them in good times or bad, times that are lean, and times that are flush. By believing in and practicing these principles:

  • I've never had to put my finger to the wind.
  • I've never had to recreate who I am.
  • And I've never had to redefine what I stand for.


So this I guarantee: if privileged to continue to serve you and your city, I will stay true to these same principle — rock solid.

Because, in the end, it is all about trust. If you want trusted, you have to work to be trustworthy. Because, whether in our personal, professional, or political lives, trust is the only currency that should never be devalued. And I value your trust.

You know I'm a very fortunate man. I'm fortunate to have had my wife, Carole, by my side for 46 years. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful daughter, Christine, and her husband, Frank. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful son, John.

I'm fortunate that I'm able to serve children in illness and in health.

And I'm fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve alongside fine and dedicated colleagues. In spite of many challenges over the years, I believe we have been able to make some very positive differences in Chesapeake.

I will sincerely appreciate the support of each of you and I would be personally grateful for your vote of that support on May 1st.

It’s all about Trust 2

Ibelievethat if you want to be trusted, you've got to work to earn that trust. Anyone can make campaignpromises. Over the years, I have worked hard tokeep my word, to earn your trust, andto get results for Chesapeake families.

I hope you'll agree that I have.

I have never wavered from the guiding principles I brought to City Council when I was first elected:

  • Limited taxation and fees
  • Open and transparent decision making
  • Clearpriorities and sticking to them
  • Disciplined spending ofyour tax dollars
  • Practical problem solving, notpetty politics


And this I guarantee..I will continue tohold true to these same principles and priorities--rock solid.


John de Triquet


Many thanks to my friends and neighbors for their support and endorsement. Here are just a few:

Governor GeorgeAllen
Susan Allen
Steve Allen
Beth Banks
School Board Member Samuel Boone
Art Brandriff
School Board Member Jeff Bunn
RPC Chairman Pete Burkhimer
Dena Cain
Lisa Campbell
Treasurer Barbara Carraway
Mark Cernak
Jane Chenault
Oran Chenault
Commissioner of Revenue Ray Conner
Senator John Cosgrove
Council Member Lonnie Craig
School Board Chairman Christie Craig
Cathy Fanslau
Charlie Ferguson
Howard Fitzpatrick
Lori Galbraith
Former School Board Chairman Barbara Head
Irene Hurst
Brenda Ike
Council Member Robert Ike
Delegate Chris Jones
Justina Karali
Council Member Suzy Kelly
Delegate Barry Knight
Mary Korving
Mayor Alan Krasnoff
Phyllis Krasnoff
Tiffany Kulakowski
Judy Kunba
Joyce Kupetz
Delegate Jay Leftwich
Jim Lewallen
Council Member Scott Matheson
Barry Mathias
School Board Member Harry Murphy
Richard Naigle
Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan
Commonwealth's Attorney Nancy Parr
Lilli Jo Pritchard
School Board Member Victoria Proffitt
Ann Quesinberry
Del Quesinberry
Council Member Debbie Ritter
Former School Board Member Steve Rodriguez
Bob Rowland
Susan Schaffner
Anne Scribner
Pete Snyder, Fox News
Deborah Stanley
June Strausser
Sandra Swoope
Barry Sykes
Jim Thomson
Martha Thomson
Carole Turner
Anna Van Laethem
Planning Commissioner George Van Laethem
Nelson Velez, Portsmouth Tea Party Chairman
Delegate Ron Villanueva
Gene Waters
Council Member Rick West
Beverly Whedbee
Planning Commissioner Marty Williams
Claire Winarek
School Board Member Michael Woods
John Wynn

Chesapeake Education Association

Public Safety Alliance

Republican Party of Chesapeake


And, of course, my family: Carole, Christine de Triquet-Byrum, Johnny de Triquet, and Frank Byrum.


VOTE MAY 6TH!

Quote of the Week

“Public service is more than just yard signs, slogans, and promises. It’s about three time honored values - Trust, Integrity, and Accomplished. Over the years I’ve worked hard to earn the truns of the citizens of Chesapeake. I hope I have always acted with integrity. And my accomplishments in service to families of our fine city speak for themselves."

Chesapeake - City Budget, 2013-2014


Recently your City Council approved an Operating Budget of over $900,000,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. Six years ago I proposed that City Council adopt three clear and simple budget principles to guide us in budgeting your tax dollars. I am pleased to report that my colleagues embraced my recommendations and continue to be guided by them. Those principles are:

1) No increase in the real estate tax rate;

2) No new fees for current services;

3) Identifying operating efficiencies and reducing spending accordingly.

Additionally, I have been uncompromising in fighting to maintain cash reserves to guard against unanticipated expenses. This common sense principle helps protect al of us from reductions or suspension of essential services due to economic or environmental emergencies.

The Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget provides for the following:

Education 50%

Public Safety 15%

Environmental Vitality 16% (sewers, water, other services)

Quality of Life 6% (Parks & Recreation, Social Services)

During the development of the yearly budget a number of Public Hearings are held to receive comments and suggestions form citizens. I urge you to participate in these hearings, make your voice heard, and contribute to the good government of our great City

Speech from Debbie Ritter’s Campaign Fund Raiser

First I'd like to thank Debbie and Ron for hosting this gathering for me tonight. I'm honored to count Debbie as a colleague on City Council and Debbie and Ron as my friends.

I'd also like to thank Congressman Forbes and his wife Shirley for being here tonight on my behalf. I can only imagine how big his schedule issue. So to give us some of his precious time is sincerely appreciated. Thank you Randy and Shirley.

Most of the folks here tonight know me. And many of you know my record of service to the City. So I'm not going to give a long campaign speech. I'll let my record speak for itself.

But let me share some of my thoughts with you tonight.

When I was first elected to City Council, I dedicated myself to a few principles which would be the basis of all my service on Council:

  • Limited taxation
  • Open and transparent decision making
  • Clear priorities and staying true to them
  • Disciplined government spending
  • Practical problem solving

And over the years I've never wavered from any of them. And the reason I've found them so valuable is because I can apply them in good times or bad, times that are lean and times that are flush. By believing in and practicing these principles

  • I've never had to put my finger to the wind.
  • I've never had to recreate who I am.
  • I've never had to redefine what I stand for.

So this I guarantee: if privileged to continue to serve you and your city, I will stay true to these same principle - rock solid.

Because, in the end, it is all about trust. If you want trusted, you have to work to be trustworthy. Because, whether in our personal, professional it political lives, trust is the only currency that should never be devalued. And be assured I value your trust.

You know I'm a very fortunate man. I'm fortunate to have had my wife, Carole, by my side for 42 years. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful daughter, Christine, and her husband, Frank. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful son, John.

I'm fortunate that I'm able to serve children in illness and in health.

And I'm fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve the city of Chesapeake with fine and dedicated colleagues - Mayor Krasnoff, and Council members, Suzy Kelly, Robert Ike, Rick west, Lonnie Craig, Scott Matheson and, of course, Debbie Ritter. And, quite frankly, I've learned more from each of them than I've, in some small way, have ever taught them. I want personally thank each and every one of them.

A political campaign is expensive. It's time consuming and it is stressful. But all of that, for me, is diminished by just the fact that each of you stands with me tonight and all stand with me in the future.

I sincerely appreciate the support of each of you and I would be personally grateful for your vote of that support on May 6.

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