Councilman Le Vine seeks mayor’s seat

Donald Le Vine

STRASBURG – Town Councilman Donald M. Le Vine will run for mayor.

Le Vine, 72, will vie for the post against fellow Councilman and former Mayor Richard “Rich” Orndorff Jr. and former Councilman Justin Ritenour. Longtime Mayor Timothy Taylor will not seek another term.

Le Vine was first elected to Town Council in 2006 and is in the middle of his third term, which expires June 30, 2018. Le Vine has called Strasburg home since 1994. The Detroit, Michigan, native grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Le Vine received a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army and retired after 44 years supporting the national defense and intelligence communities.

Asked why he’s running for mayor, Le Vine cited his upbringing in Silver Spring, outside Washington, D.C., in an area he described as cookie-cutter with “no sense of community; no sense of belonging.” Le Vine said Wednesday he felt camaraderie when he moved to Strasburg.

“So I feel a strong obligation to give back to my community because the community has given a great deal to me,” Le Vine said.

The main issue facing Strasburg, more so than economic development, is maintaining the sense of community, Le Vine said. The councilman added that he wants to build upon Taylor’s legacy as mayor of maintaining that sense of community.

“It’s the mayor’s responsibility, in my opinion, to go out and meet people, reach out to them, find those who have common interests, bring them together so they work together towards a common goal,” Le Vine said.

The councilman said he wants to begin working on this goal immediately if elected.

Election Day is May 3. Strasburg voters also can pick candidates running for four council seats.

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