Windsor Town Council candidate Q&A: Marlin Sharp

Published 7:54 am Saturday, November 5, 2022

Name: Marlin Sharp

Age: 67

Education: Bachelor of Science in Bible; Master of Applied Ministry

Occupation: field director – STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), Chesapeake

Years living in Windsor: Two-plus (June 2020)

Prior elected offices held: President – Landstown Community Civic League, Virginia Beach

  1. Can you briefly summarize why you decided to run for office?

Since my wife and I moved to Windsor in 2020, we have enjoyed our life here. I believe that every citizen should be a positive influence in the community. Serving on Town Council is a way that I can contribute in a positive way to the Windsor community.

  1. What would you list as your primary qualifications for this office?

I am a resident of Windsor. I care about my community. I pay taxes. I attend Windsor Town Council meetings on a regular basis.

  1. What should Windsor’s top priority be right now?

I would like to see a greater emphasis on attracting new businesses to spur economic growth.

  1. What’s one thing you’d like to see change in terms of Windsor’s town government?

I think that Windsor town government functions pretty well. I would like to see what some new blood can do to encourage greater community involvement. I would like to see more citizens attending Town Council meetings.

  1. What can Windsor do to deter vandalism of its parks and facilities?

I don’t see vandalism as a huge problem. One thing that could be done is more parental involvement when young people are involved in any negative behavior.

  1. Does Windsor need more growth and development? If so, how can the town help achieve this?

I would like to see slow residential growth. I am not in favor of rapid growth like we are seeing in some areas of Suffolk. As I said above, I would like to see more of an emphasis on business growth. One possible area that might need some attention is more affordable housing. The only low-income housing right now is the trailer parks. We might want to look at some apartments or townhouses.

  1. What can be done to improve community-police relations in Windsor in the wake of ongoing litigation pertaining to a 2020 traffic stop where two WPD officers held Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario at gunpoint and pepper-sprayed him?

The overall community-police relationship in Windsor is very positive. This one incident with Lt. Nazario was blown out of proportion by the media and made to look like a racial incident, which, if you look at it in detail, was more of a situation of a person who refused to follow instructions from the officers who made a valid traffic stop. Chief Riddle and the Windsor Police Department have my full support. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgBMnJyOiT0&t=7s