Orndorff to seek mayor’s seat again
STRASBURG – Town Councilman Richard “Rich” Orndorff Jr. plans to run again for mayor.
Orndorff made his intentions known Wednesday, noting that he qualified to appear on the ballot in the local elections May 3.
Orndorff served on council from 1990-2000, then as mayor from 2000-2003. Orndorff noted that he stepped down from the position for personal reasons. He ran in a special election in 2010 to fill the remaining two years of a term. Orndorff was re-elected in 2012.
“I felt it was the right thing to do at the time for my family and the community because of personal reasons,” Orndorff said of his decision to leave office. “But I never felt like I was finished.”
Mayor Timothy Taylor said last month that he would not seek a third term in the office.
Orndorff recalled that four years ago he chose to run for council because Taylor sought another term as mayor. Orndorff said he asked Taylor to let him know when he was done. Taylor did just that in October but didn’t make it public until last month that he wouldn’t run for another term. Orndorff then started the process to get on the ballot.
If elected mayor, Orndorff said he would reinstate a practice he used when he served before – offering informal meetings for the public each month at Town Hall.
“I feel like people right now don’t … feel as welcome as they should feel in coming to their town officials, their town leaders to voice their opinions,” Orndorff said. “We need to be more welcoming. We need to be more respectful of our citizens. We need to be more open and we need to not just hear them but we need to listen to them.”
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