By Sally Voth - email@example.com
NEW MARKET -- Councilman Eddie Litten is the sole incumbent to seek re-election on May 1.
The other two councilmen whose terms expire, Harry Durrett and Troy Fadeley, have opted not to run again.
If elected, Litten would start his second full term June 1. He was appointed to fill the remaining three years of John Chroniger's term seven years ago, he said.
Litten, 65, said there are some projects he'd like to see through.
"We've got some drainage issues around town that I would like to get some engineering studies done on and see what we can do," he said.
Litten also said he'd like to see sidewalks extended to the new Dollar General.
"I see citizens walking in the street there, and I don't think that's very good," he said.
While New Market isn't seeing any major issues today, a large one could crop up tomorrow, Litten said.
"I think we're in pretty good shape," he said. "This is a quaint little town."
Semi-retired now, Litten plans to fully retire from Knouse Foods by the end of the year.
"With full retirement, I will have a little bit more time to be even more dedicated than I have in the past," he said.
Litten will face off against Roy Muller, Tim Palmer and Scott Wymer.
A North Fork Middle School teacher, Wymer, 44, is trying to get into politics for the first time.
"I've been teaching for 20 years," he said. "Some of those years I've been teaching civics. Just being in civics and just looking to learn about the government and the laws and the rules, and debate what's right and what's wrong, and trying to make decisions on what's best. I've just gotten more interested in government. I just want to get more involved."
Wymer said he has no master plan regarding town issues, but if elected, he'd talk to residents to get their concerns and ideas, and then report those back to the Town Council.
Roy Muller, 65, is trying his hand at campaigning after unsuccessfully running two years ago in a race full of incumbents.
He owns Shop Civil War in downtown New Market and develops products for museum gift shops around the country. Muller said his business background would serve him well if elected.
"I think I have things I can offer that are unique to business and may be complementary to small government," he said.
The New Market Battlefield is what drew him to town from Harpers Ferry. Muller said a $290,000 drop in town revenue is a reason why he's running for office.
"They do have some economic and budgetary issues that are affecting them, just like everybody else," he said. "I think they need to [have] better financial transparency in the town budget."
He said actual revenues and expenses in the current budget aren't presented when working on the next fiscal year's financial plan.
Another Muller goal would be to focus on the streetscape and the area of town near the Interstate 81 interchange, which he says brings in about $600,000 in tax revenue.
Palmer couldn't be reached for comment.