By Alex Bridges
It's never too early to announce one's political intentions.
Front Royal Town Councilman Thomas H. Sayre announced this month that he plans to not seek re-election to his seat in November. The recent shift of the council elections from May to November extends Sayre's current term to Dec. 31.
Sayre's remarks come weeks before most political leaders say publicly whether or not they plan to run for another term. But Sayre said in a recent interview that he has other political aspirations: He wants to run for the Shenandoah District seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Sayre said people in the community have asked him to consider running for the board.
But, as Sayre has acknowledged, Supervisor Richard H. Traczyk, currently represents the Shenandoah District on the Board and his seat doesn't come up for election until November 2015.
Traczyk has said that he does not plan to run for another term on the board. In a recent phone interview Traczyk pointed out that he will have served a total of 20 years in local government first as a member of the Planning Commission and then as a supervisor, by the time his current term ends.
"We've accomplished an awful lot in the last couple years with Front Royal, with the [U.S. 340-522] corridor and everything that I had set out to try ... including schools and the betterment of our community," Traczyk said. "I turned 70 last week and I just decided that age is starting to catch up with me and I want to spend more time with my grandchildren.
"It's just time - time for another generation to just take over," Traczyk said.
Traczyk said he was surprised that Sayre had announced his intentions this early given that the supervisor has two years left in the current term.
Traczyk retired from E.I. DuPont Co. in 2000, according to information from the county. Traczyk served on the Planning Commission for nearly eight years before being elected to the Board of Supervisors.
The switch of the town's elections from May to November give Sayre and other members whose terms end this year more time to plan their political intentions. Sayre said he also could run for mayor of Front Royal, a post currently held by Timothy W. Darr. By not running for a town position in 2014, Sayre would have a short break from politics before beginning a campaign for the Board of Supervisors election.
Sayre said he also wanted to announce his intentions early so anyone interested in running for his council seat can start the campaign process early. Candidates can begin to pick up information and forms from the Warren County voter registration office in January.
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