Tederick seeks seat on council

Matthew Tederick

FRONT ROYAL – A former Warren County supervisor and vocal critic of government’s spending policies wants to join Front Royal Town Council.

Matthew Tederick recently announced his interest in filling the seat that becomes vacant in January once Councilman Daryl Funk steps down at the end of the month.

Voters elected Funk as the next clerk of the Warren County Circuit Court. Funk was serving in his first term on council. The town began accepting applications or letters of interest on Monday from people interested in filling the vacancy. Council plans to review applications and letters next month in an effort to find a replacement.

Tederick has submitted his letter of interest in serving on council.

“I believe we need to have a conservative voice to fill in Mr. Funk’s position,” Tederick said Tuesday.

Funk’s replacement on council would serve out the remainder of his term ending Dec. 31, 2016. Tederick said he has no plans to run for council in the general election, noting that while he doesn’t feel he could commit himself to a four-year term, he can provide a year of service to the town.

“I’m confident we can elect a conservative candidate in November,” Tederick said.

Tederick served on the Warren County Board of Supervisors in the late 1990s. He also served as chairman of a committee set up by council in 2010 to come up with ways to trim $1.2 million from the town’s fiscal 2012 budget. The committee also came up with recommendations for spending practices.

Tederick said a liberal, vocal minority has led some members of council in an effort to block new businesses from coming to the U.S. 340-522 corridor for the past 10 years. Tederick did not identify the council members. Tederick said he would serve as a voice for people in the community who want council to cut excessive spending and to lower taxes while sticking to constitutional principles.

The town will accept applications Dec. 14-Jan. 4. Anyone interested in applying may do so at www.frontroyalva.com or by sending a letter of interest to the Human Resources Department at jbush@frontroyalva.com. Applicants must have been qualified to vote in Virginia’s last general election Nov. 3; have been a resident of the state for at least one year prior to the election and has been a resident of Front Royal for a minimum of 30 days.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com