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Farris seeks Winchester mayor seat

Patrick Farris announced Friday his plans to run for mayor of Winchester.

Farris made his intentions known at a press conference in Rouss City Hall. He seeks the office held currently by Mayor Elizabeth "Liz" Minor who has served in the role since 2004. Prior to her election as mayor, Minor served as a councilwoman since 1980.

"Years of service on boards and commissions at the local, state and federal levels have prepared me to be an efficient and focused member of this governing body," Farris said in a written statement. "Making decisions which will affect individuals and the community as a whole is a responsibility which I accept knowing the seriousness and importance of such a position of public trust."

Farris spoke in his statement of the need to continue to beautify the city's downtown, to attract new businesses and to support those already established. He also said the city must stay competitive in hiring and keeping its public school teachers.

Farris in 2008 vied against Councilman Les Veach for a First Ward council seat but lost by one vote.

Farris works as the executive director of the Warren Heritage Society in Front Royal.

Minor on Thursday announced her intentions to seek a third term as mayor. In the 2008 election, Minor defeated a challenge for the position from then Councilman Timothy Coyne.

-- Daily Staff Report

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