“I say, follow the money.” This line is repeated in a recent social media advertisement paid for by Stan Milan’s campaign for Purcellville mayor. First time town council candidate Ronald Rise, part of Milan’s slate, awkwardly repeats the phrase three times in the video, implying that there may be a nefarious or unfair influence caused by a major donor or organization involved in the town’s politics. After a simple review of the publicly available donation data, the facts tell an entirely different story than the one that the Milan campaign is hoping Purcellville voters will believe.

It can be argued that monetary donations from a diverse cross section of the community reflects a healthy, collaborative campaign – and speaks to the strength of candidates who are able to build a broad coalition around their message. In Purcellville’s case, that kind of support can be attributed to having a positive leadership approach that’s based on shared goals – such as preserving our small town into the future, improving our infrastructure, managing our debt, and having a record of supporting small businesses. That’s exactly what current town council member and candidate for mayor Joel Grewe and his slate are running on, and the monetary donation data backs this up. Grewe and those running alongside him have received support from a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations across our town.

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