By Alex Bridges
Front Royal voters can expect a long list of Town Council candidates when they go to the polls in November.
The ballot lists seven candidates vying for three seats up for election Nov. 4, according to information from Warren County Voter Registrar Carol Tobin. The State Board of Elections must still certify the candidates to make the list official, Tobin said.
Candidates seeking election to council are: Linda J. Allen, Alford D. Carter III, John P. Connolly, Bebhinn Cecilia Egger, N. Shae Parker, Robert M. Tennett Jr. and Hollis L. Tharpe.
Parker and Tharpe will seek re-election to their seats on council. Parker currently serves as vice mayor.
Councilman Thomas H. Sayre will not seek re-election, opening up his seat. Sayre said earlier this year that he plans to wait until 2015 to run for the Shenandoah District seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Timothy W. Darr runs unopposed for re-election as mayor.
Allen ran for council in the May 2012 election. She was one of nine people on the ballot in that election, which also featured two candidates seeking the mayor's seat. The town switched its local elections from May to November of the even-numbered years. The switch does not appear to have had an impact on participation in council races.
Tobin pointed out Wednesday that the high number of candidates gives voters choices from which they can pick for council.
"It's quite an honor for the citizens to know that there are people interested in serving."
Each candidate needed to collect qualifying signatures of at least 125 registered voters to vote in town. The State Board of Elections recommends they obtain about 75 additional signatures in case any do not qualify.
"We're here to try to help people get on the ballot," Tobin said.
Candidates on the ballot need not meet any other requirements during the campaign season. Candidates in the town elections do not need to file campaign finance reports because Front Royal's population falls below 25,000, Tobin said. Candidates did have to file statements of economic interests. As incumbents, the town already has statements from Parker and Tharpe on file.
People wishing to vote in the Nov. 4 election have until Oct. 14 to register. Voters wanting to vote by absentee ballot have until Oct. 28 to request an absentee ballot by mail. Voters may cast absentee ballots in person at the registrar's office no later than Nov. 1.
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