Strasburg mayor won’t seek re-election
STRASBURG – Mayor Tim Taylor doesn’t plan to run for re-election on May 3.
Taylor said Friday that he will not seek a third term as town mayor, citing busy work and family schedules. His current term expires June 30.
“Right now I’ve got some work-related and family-related things I kinda want to spend time on,” Taylor said. “I kind of put those above being able to serve now and I think if I can’t give it my all I don’t think I should do it.”
Taylor, 57, works full time for the Shenandoah County Public Schools. Taylor has served back-to-back, four-year terms as mayor. Taylor also served five years as a council member prior to his election as mayor.
“I really appreciate having the honor to serve the community especially as mayor,” Taylor said. “I think it’s time to step back and let someone else fill the position and I’ll still be around and I’ll always be involved in the community because it means an awful lot to me.
“I always said it would have been nice to have been able to do it when I was older and retired but the calling kind of came up earlier so I stepped up,” Taylor added.
Taylor said he will stay involved in other civic groups in the community.
Taylor has presided as mayor over some major initiatives undertaken by the town. Capital improvement projects included the downtown streetscape improvements as well as upgrades to water and wastewater treatment plants. The streetscape project has been touted as a way to improve the town’s economy by making sections of East King Street more attractive.
Other council members whose terms end June 30 are Richard “Rich” Orndorff Jr., Jocelyn Vena and Robert “Bob” Baker. Baker said Friday he’s circulating a petition for signatures he would need to qualify to appear on the ballot for a council seat. Baker was elected in 2008 and in 2012.
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