Ritenour to run for Strasburg mayor

Justin Ritenour

STRASBURG – A former Strasburg Town Councilman is running for mayor.

Justin Ritenour, 27, served on council from 2008-2012. He was elected a year after graduating from Strasburg High School. Ritenour chose not to run for a second term in 2012. Now he joins Councilmen Richard “Rich” Orndorff Jr. and Donald M. Le Vine in the race. Mayor Timothy Taylor chose not to seek another term.

Election Day is May 3.

Asked why he wants to run for mayor, Ritenour cited three principles: unity, trust and open government.

“It’s very, very important that we unite and remain united, not only as a governing body but as a community as a whole,” Ritenour said Friday. “Obviously we want to reinstate trust within our government and we want to keep it there, and strong leadership comes to play with all three of those but especially trust.

“Open government is to reestablish our connection with our citizens and get them more involved, make them feel more involved, make them feel part of the process, that their government of council members and mayor aren’t the only ones that have a hand in the shaping of our community,” Ritenour added.

Ritenour said he wants to make himself available to residents for informal meetings and to get town youth involved in government. Ritenour said he also wants to look at Strasburg’s economic development and noted that the town needs to focus on industries such as warehouses and try to attract technology-based employers later.

Ritenour works as a driver for FedEx Freight in Winchester, where he serves on its safety committee and quality action team. He attended Lord Fairfax Community College for two years and then took online classes for a year DeVry University while determining a major field of study. He volunteers with the Strasburg Rescue Squad,

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