Former principal seeks seat New Market seat

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes will seek election to New Market’s Town Council when the town votes on May 3. Hughes is a retired school administrator who served as principal of Stonewall Jackson High School for eight years.

Born and raised in Westbury, New York, Hughes has lived in New Market since 1990.

Hughes said he hopes to see the economy of the town improve.

“We need to work on the economic climate here,” he said. “We need to create more confidence and we need to work with our business community. We’ve seen a number of businesses leave our town in the past couple years and we want to create a climate where we attract businesses, and be good for them to stay here.”

Hughes says that his background in administration can be an asset should he be elected.

“There’s an emphasis on communication skills, problem solving, planning and getting people to work together,” he said. “So I think those are skill sets that I bring. I don’t claim to ever have all the answers, so I think it’s good for people to work together to figure out the best answers to our concerns and challenges.”

Hughes is an active volunteer in the community as well.

“I care a lot about our town. I do a lot of volunteer work,” said Hughes. “I do things to try to help New Market be a better place to live. I’m a member of our Rotary, which helps several causes. We listen and make contributions to various school organizations, and try to help the community as a whole. I’ve also begun working at our food bank.”

Hughes and his wife Carol have three children and three grandchildren.

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