Although the lack of transportation solutions was the primary driver for his decision to run for a House of Delegates seat, Butler also cited his desire to give local governments more autonomy, particularly related to environmental issues, as another key issue for him.I've worked with Dave a lot over the past few years, and he's been an amazing member of Council. He's tireless, dedicated and always willing to talk to and work with anyone who has something to contribute. He is truly a person who can build consensus from democratic principles. His work on some of the most challenging issues facing the Town over the past five years is proof of that.
"We just don't have the ability to require the same level of environmental regulations that are I think needed now," he said.
Butler also points to the recent erection of many Dominion Virginia Power monopoles throughout the county, a point of consternation for many residents who said the poles added to visual blight. He said the process of deciding the route for the power lines and the resulting timeline of events was "very heavily weighted to Dominion Virginia Power" and "not friendly to residents."
Butler said he believes he can serve as a "consensus builder" to work across party lines to help solve the problems that plague Leesburg and Loudoun County to improve residents' quality of life. - Leesburg Today
Dave is also a proven vote-getter. He received more votes for Council than anyone else when he ran in 2008, and his voters spanned geographic and ideological lines. He has the skills and passion necessary to challenge Joe May, should that be the District he runs in as seems likely.