In Jim's Own Words
"My family's roots are as old as any in the Valley. The Patricks entered the Valley in the early 1700's and
settled in the Augusta area. Both the Patrick and Christian (the 'C.' in my middle name) families settled the wilderness,
fought the French and Indian Wars, defended the frontier, and volunteered in the American Revolution."
"Like many other active Confederate participants, my ancestors were disenfranchised, lost their property during
Reconstruction, and moved west."
"Through no fault of my own, I was born about 20 miles outside NYC. But my father never forgot the family's
roots, and after years of trying to find employment in the Valley, my family was able to return in the 1960's."
"My wife and I met in Harrisonburg where we both worked. Charlotte's roots - and roots is the right word-
haven't budged from the Jerome area of Shenandoah County in the last 260 years. The Barb and Miller families are
eternally connected to the history of Shenandoah County."
"Our children are the 11th generation of Shenandoah natives. Their ancestors were born, lived, and died
on this soil. No matter what they choose later in life, we want our children to know that this area is their home
and we want them to have the option of living a decent life in this county called Shenandoah."
"I walk this ground of which dead men and women I have loved are part, as they are part of
me." --Wendell Berry
Jim Patrick has a reputation as a common
sense problem solver, and backs up his "can-do" attitude with practical performance. A letter to honor
Shenandoah County's veterans of the Korean War got tangled in diplomatic red tape that our Washington representatives
seemed unable to cut through.
|Jim volunteered to help. Within days the Republic of Korea's military attaché agreed to deliver the honors in person.
He's a conservative person, but Jim realizes that we must
adapt as circumstances change around us. Like many Virginia leaders, he supports the use of referendums for "big-ticket"
issues to give all citizens an equal voice, to allow more time to consider and reach concensus on issues that can
burden future generations.