Al Billingsly, the sole conservative candidate in a sea of progressives and independents, also believes the poverty rate is one of the most important issues facing Lynchburg today. However, he hopes to address it through reducing the city government’s role in Lynchburg and encouraging more business growth through lower taxes.
“One of the ways I believe we can get people out of poverty is to get them to work,” Billingsly said. “And one of the ways we can get them to work is make it easier for businesses to locate here and expand. That relates back to the tax structure that we have as well.”