Front Royal councilman not running for re-election

Bret Hrbek

FRONT ROYAL – A Front Royal Town Council member doesn’t plan to run for another term.

Councilman Bret Hrbek announced Monday at council’s regular meeting that he would not seek re-election in November.

“I feel I’ve got some things I want to get done here on the council in the next 12 months and I’ve got other things that I want to get done for the town and my life outside of town politics,” Hrbek said by phone Tuesday. “It’s time for me to step away for a while.”

Hrbek is completing his second term on council. He was first elected in May 2008 and re-elected in May 2012. The town recently changed the date of its council elections from May to November, adding time to the terms of several sitting members. Hrbek’s term ends Dec. 31.

“I won’t shut to door to public service in the future. It’s just right now I just need to take a step back,” Hrbek added.

The councilman, who has four young children, works for Edward Jones and participates with civic groups such as the local chapter of the United Way. He noted that his life outside of council is getting busier and he has other interests he wants to pursue.

Hrbek has been a vocal supporter of economic development efforts and pushed sometimes controversial initiatives aimed at helping the town collect revenue from the U.S. 340-522 Corridor.

Council is also in the process of finding someone to fill the vacancy left by former Councilman Daryl Funk, who was elected in November to become the new clerk of the Warren County Circuit Court. Funk took office Jan. 1. Funk’s term was to expire at the end of the year. Council convened in closed session Monday before its regular meeting to interview candidates seeking the appointment.

Councilman Eugene Tewalt’s term also ends Dec. 31. Mayor Timothy Darr’s two-year term also expires Dec. 31. Tewalt’s and Darr’s plans were not known Tuesday.

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