Planner seeks seat on Strasburg council

Taralyn Manuel-Nicholson

STRASBURG – Taralyn F. Manuel-Nicholson, a member of the town planning commission, has joined a crowded list of people running for seats on Town Council.

Manuel-Nicholson, 49, announced her candidacy Monday after the Shenandoah County general registrar notified her that she qualified to appear on the ballot.

Election Day is May 3.

Some town residents encouraged Manuel-Nicholson to run for council and decided to do so after talking it over with her family, she recalled.

“I always feel I have a good insight, you know, of what Strasburg wants,” Manuel-Nicholson said. “I’ve lived there all my life. I know what Strasburg was and, you know, I have a good business sense.”

The lifelong town resident graduated from Strasburg High School and received a marketing degree from Radford University.

“I’ve put my whole career toward some type of customer service or management,” Manuel-Nicholson said. “I think our town, government-wise, isn’t very business friendly.”

Manuel-Nicholson added that she feels the town should cooperate better with the business community. Attracting and keeping businesses brings more revenue into town, lessening the burden on residents and taxpayers, she noted.

Manuel-Nicholson works as a property manager for People Inc. and manages Valley Vista Apartments in Woodstock and Toms Brook School Apartments in Toms Brook. She also sits on the board for the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce and is a past president.

Manuel-Nicholson said her role on the Strasburg Planning Commission has helped her see what residents want.

“I don’t feel like they’re being heard,” she added.

Nicholson serves as the president of the Strasburg Fire Department Auxiliary, as a board member of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce and as clerk of the Strasburg Christian Church Board. Nicholson is also a life member of the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

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