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Mt. Jackson, Strasburg vote for town councils

By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

Voters in Mt. Jackson on Tuesday chose among five candidates to fill three town council seats.

Dennis L. Andrick (22.8 percent,) Donald I. "Donnie" Pifer (23.26 percent) and Rodney Max Shepherd (22.11 percent) received the most votes with all precincts reporting, according to the unofficial returns as reported online by the Virginia Board of Elections.

"I'm pleased," Andrick said by phone Tuesday night, noting that his father served on council. "He enjoyed it and I think did real well for the town and I'm hoping that's what I can do."

Darren W. Swartz and Allen L. "Al" Asbury also ran on the ballot for town council.

In Strasburg, eight candidates vied for four seats on town council. With all precincts reporting, councilmen R.A. "Rich" Orndorff Jr. (18.64 percent,) Robert B. "Bob" Baker 15.85 percent) and Richard A. Redmon (14.95 percent) retained their seats on council. Jocelyn C. Vena (14.75 percent) also won, claiming Justin Ritenour's seat. Ritenour chose not to run for re-election.

"Oh wow," Vena said by phone when told of her winning a seat on council.

"I'm very excited about it," Vena said. "My whole idea is try to engage the public into communicating with the council and possibly some creative and clear communication between the whole town.

"It's going to take a lot of work, but I'm willing to bring the message to the people and willing to listen and bring it back to council," Vena said.

Vena served on council as an appointee to fill the seat of L. Carlyle Swafford when he stepped down to take a job out of state.

Swafford and Steve W. Nicholson, also a former town councilman, sought to reclaim their seats. Kim M. Bishop and write-in candidate Scott Burkhart also ran for seats on Strasburg Town Council.

Also in the Strasburg election, Mayor Timothy F. Taylor ran unopposed for another term.

Results become official once the electoral board canvasses the votes, which likely would occur Wednesday, according to a worker at the Shenandoah County voter registrar's office. More information is available at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/

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