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Two vie to be New Market's mayor

By Sally Voth - svoth@nvdaily.com

NEW MARKET -- Residents will have two choices, both of them familiar, when it comes to choosing the town's mayor May 1.

Larry Smith is finishing up his first term, and hoping to be re-elected. Councilman Doug Bradley is also vying for the seat.

The town has "done a lot" during his term, Smith, 68, said. The first phase of the streetscape project is done, he said.

That included decorative bricks, updated sidewalks, new streetlights and plantings near Congress Street's main intersection, and was mostly covered by grant funding. The second phase is funded already, and will extend farther out from the intersection.

Then, there was the North Fork force main and pump station project, which regionalized sewage treatment, Smith said. That was paid for with stimulus funding, he said.

Other accomplishments include plans for storm drainage abatement and the opening of several new businesses, said Smith, who is an associate professor in recreation and parks at Northern Virginia Community College.

He said he would like to continue to support police and emergency services, create more recreational opportunities for all age groups, and provide more services to seniors.

Bradley, 73, has been on the Town Council for a year, and has two years left in his term. He was appointed following the death of Councilwoman Mary Alice Burch.

"I just want to give back to my community," Bradley said. "I enjoy working with people and solving problems, and hopefully, I will be able to provide some good leadership to the community.

"I'm going to be available to the people. I would like to see our residents' participation in our council meetings, in our community. I look forward to working with the on-going projects we have right now. It's a beautiful town. I love it, and I love living here. If I could give something back, that would be a great satisfaction to me."

He cited a stormwater abatement project and the streetscape project as ones he wants to continue to see through.

Bradley works part-time at the Shenvalee pro shop, but said his three decades in management experience with Sears and his past local government service make him a good choice.

He was mayor of Clark, Pa., for 18 years, and served as a councilman there for another eight.

"I think that will give me some good experience in order to provide the type of leadership that I want to give to the town," Bradley said.

He said he doesn't think there will be any awkwardness if Smith is re-elected and Bradley remains a councilman.

If Bradley is elected, the Town Council would have 45 days to appoint someone to fill his council seat, and that seat would be up for election in November, Smith said.

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