Litten to run for mayor of New Market

Councilman Eddie Litten is running for mayor of New Market. Litten has served on New Market’s Town Council for the past 11 years and is the chairman of the town’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Litten touts his abilities when it comes to management, saying that his unique experience suits him well for being mayor.

“I just felt that it was time to take my management experience and run for mayor,” said Litten. “That’s really what it came down to. I felt like it was time for me to run for mayor.”

Prior to his retirement and involvement in New Market government, Litten worked in management positions for both Mussleman’s Foods in Houston, Texas,  and Seneca Foods in Pennsylvania, at which he was regional vice president.

Now retired from the corporate world, Litten has lived in New Market since 1999. He was appointed to Town Council after the resignation of one member, and was subsequently elected for two more terms.

As councilman, Litten is particularly proud of the work that has been done on New Market’s streetscape.

“I helped with the streetscape plans where we revitalized the downtown area – put in new streetlights, new trees and beautified the streetscape,” said Litten.

He also says he is proud of the work council has done as it relates to the town’s sewage agreement.

“We were going to have to rebuild our sewer plant, which would have cost between $25 and 30 million,” he said. “However, an opportunity presented itself and we took it. We were very instrumental in getting the contract. Our cost was going to be $7 million. We applied for and got some money from the government. We got a $4 million grant out of that. So we spent $3 million of citizens’ money on that.”

Originally from Bowman’s Crossing near Edinburg, Litten attended Edinburg Elementary School and Central High School. He and his wife Cindy have one son Jeffrey, who resides in New Market.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com