If you live in West Bloomington’s District 8, odds are you’ve probably already met County Board candidate Dave Van Allen. After all, so far he’s visited 1500 households!
I don’t live in West Bloomington, therefore I can’t vote for Dave. Furthermore, I won’t pretend to be an expert on politics in general, including those of Dave Van Allen. However, I can comment on Dave as a long-time friend.
I met Dave Van Allen almost seven years ago after he began dating my friend and coworker, Amanda. Since then, I’ve been to his wedding, played with his adorable baby boy, attended countless dinners with him and his wife, lost innumerable card games along his side, and even helped move him into his 92-year-old house. In other words, I’ve gotten to know Dave pretty well over the years, long before he ever considered running for the County Board.
Dave Van Allen has always struck me as a calm personality. I’ve never seen him upset, even when perhaps he had every right to be during some heated card games. He takes everything in stride, and when met with a challenge, finding a solution is his first objective. Dave is the antithesis of “erratic”-his words, actions, and demeanor are purposeful, composed, and peaceful.
Consequently, Dave Van Allen is also one of the most business-minded people I’ve ever met. Though it doesn’t consume his existence, Dave is very enthusiastic about finances and fiscal responsibility. Finding the most cost-efficient means of executing an action is not only a preference for Dave, it’s a full-on sport! Watching him spare no effort in finding the best deal has always been both amusing and impressive, and I have gone to him for financial advice on several occasions.
But, even with that being said, Dave is far more than just a savvy businessman. Dave is also a kind husband and loving father. He is a devoted Christian and active member in his church. He cares about his community and is endlessly eager to find ways to improve it.
I assure you Dave Van Allen is a good husband, a good father, a good community member, and a good friend. In my mind, it only stands to reason he will make a good representative on the County Board as well. I ask that you keep him in mind come November 4th.
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-Scott William Foley