Apr 27, 2010

Candidate Ted Hannon

by Cat Hewett

Ted Hannon’s parents could never understand his political views. In a family of Democrats, he was a Republican.

While living in San Francisco during the 1960s, Hannon did not join in the riots or protests, but found himself leaning more towards right-winged politics than he had before.

This is Hannon’s first time to run for any public office. Hannon is one of the three Republicans running for the Lynchburg City Council this year.

“I love Lynchburg,” Hannon said.

Hannon joined the Lynchburg Republican Committee in 2004 and has served as Chairman of the City of Lynchburg’s Housing Policy Advisory Committee. Hannon is currently a Planning Commissioner for the City of Lynchburg and a member of the Executive Committee for the local 2010 Children’s Miracle Network fundraiser.

Though this is his first time to run for any office, Hannon has been seen in the political arena before. After moving to Hawaii in 1979, Hannon campaigned for Republican Ronald Reagan and run for office in 1980.

Hannon is a member of both the California and Hawaii state bars.

Hannon was also an officer in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and is Commander of the Piedmont Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.

Hannon was married to his high school sweetheart, Jean, after his first year of law school.

“We had ninth grade English class together,” Hannon said.

Both Hannon and his wife participated in the theater throughout high school and Hannon continued to act during college. Hannon and his future wife started dating during their senior year.

Hannon and his wife have two children.


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Q and A with Hannon


On improving the roads

As Planning Commissioner, I strongly supported the overdue but nonetheless excellent Wards Road improvement plan developed and adopted in close cooperation with Liberty University.  In my first year in office my top transportation related priority will the completion of pedestrian safety improvements on Wards Road.


On how many unrelated people may live in a single dwelling or share a single bedroom

These rather antiquated laws were initially designed to prevent the establishment of houses of ill repute.  Ironically, they have become a bone of contention in college towns as students seek to keep their living costs to a minimum.  Clearly, some limit is appropriate, but it should be a function of square footage and bedrooms, not simple numbers.  Six unrelated persons in a house with four bedrooms, for example, doesn’t sound unreasonable, provided neighborhood parking is not overburdened.


On marriage

Marriage is between one man and one woman, period.  That being said, under our traditional common law, people are free to enter into any type of partnership they wish — so long as it is not for a criminal enterprise.  So-called “civil unions” do nothing to expand the scope of the common law in this respect and are therefore unnecessary.

On his relationship with Liberty

Although I have never had a formal relationship with Liberty University, as Planning Commissioner and a citizen of the city, I have found the faculty, staff and student body to be intelligent, professional, courteous and a manifest asset to the community.  I have therefore proposed to the Planning Commission that Liberty be exempted from the current CUP requirement, and will strongly support doing so when on city council.


On campaign funding 

 Private citizens, Republican elected officials and party organizations and local businesses concerned about the future of our city have funded my campaign.


On how long he’s been in Lynchburg

We moved to Lynchburg in 2003 from Honolulu, Hawaii, and absolutely love it here.  The people of this town are upstanding, hardworking, family-oriented, courteous and friendly.  The physical environment, from our historic districts to the wonderful nature trails, is outstanding.  We wouldn’t live anywhere else.


On building community

Above all, we need to demolish the barriers of suspicion and mistrust that have separated different parts of town.  When on city council I pledge to listen to all segments of the population and fairly and honestly represent every part of the city without bias or favoritism.  With the proper leadership we can put the outdated divisions we’ve suffered behind us. 


On Liberty’s CUP status

I strongly support exempting Liberty from the current CUP restrictions.  Furthermore, in view of the fact that the other covered institutions in the city can be trusted to improve their campaign in an environmentally and aesthetically responsible manner, in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations, I believe we can safely reduce their regulatory burden to encompass only major improvements that significantly impact adjoining residential areas.

On long-term plans for Lynchburg and Liberty

Lynchburg is a great place to raise a family, and I will do what it takes to keep it that way.  First, we need to make sure that our police, fire and EMS departments are fully staffed and fully funded.  Second, we need experience business professionals on the School Board, people who know how to properly analyze a multimillion dollar budget and hold the Superintendent responsible for targeting resources in the classroom. Third, we need to bring the power of competitive bidding into the city’s procurement of services such as garbage collection, janitorial services and building and landscape maintenance.  

Once these policies are in place, we need to reduce the tax burden, and lowering our absurdly high meals tax would be a good place  to start. Given the proper leadership, in 20  years Lynchburg will be better than ever.   


On his party affiliation choice

I became a proud, active Republican in 1976 when Ronald Reagan challenged Gerald Ford for the GOP nomination for president, and was honored to be a delegate to the 1984 Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas, where we nominated President Reagan for his second term.   


There is no way on earth that I could ever turn my back on the Grand Old Party and run as an “independent.”  I’m for life, the second amendment, a strong national defense, limited, constitutional government, and a fair tax system.  In other words, I’m a Republican.


On priorities for spending

We must maintain and improve our roads, bridges, water and sewer system, sidewalks and crossings, parks, monuments and trails.  After all of these are as they should be, we can consider other sensible civic improvements, but the focus should always be serving public needs as effectively and efficiently as possible —and cutting taxes.


On moving the Ward III-4 polling place

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy.  The city should do everything within its power to ensure that all voters in all precincts have an easily accessible polling location.  Given the number of voters on Liberty’s campus, it only makes sense to have a polling place on campus.


On carrying out campaign promises

I will work closely with my conservative/Republican colleagues on city council to implement our agenda as rapidly as possible, starting with establishing a strict timeline for consolidating redundant services and obtaining competitive bids for all city services and functions that can be better and more efficiently performed by outside contractors.  The sooner we reform our bloated city government, the sooner we’ll be able to fund needed safety improvements on Wards Road — and cut taxes.

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