Tharpe to run for mayor

Hollis L. Tharpe

FRONT ROYAL – Town Councilman Hollis Tharpe plans to run for mayor.

Announcing his intentions Thursday, Tharpe said he’s collecting the necessary signatures to appear on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. Tharpe is in the middle of his third term on council and currently serves as vice mayor.

Mayor Timothy Darr’s announcement earlier this week that he would not seek another term spurred Tharpe to run for the office, the councilman said.

“Under Mayor Darr’s leadership, we have seen the town continue to grow and prosper,” Tharpe said. “While it saddens me that I will no longer be serving with Tim, I am also looking forward to providing leadership to the town by promising to work together with the council to keep moving our town forward.

“Having served on council for a number of years, and most recently as vice mayor, I understand the importance of working with our elected officials and staff to provide the needed services and facilities that our citizens deserve, and being the people person that I am, I know that I can be someone who will not only listen to ideas from our citizens but also work hard to turn those ideas into reality,” Tharpe added.

Tharpe, 64, served on council from 2000-2004. He was elected to council again in 2010 and then to his third term in 2014.

Tharpe pointed out that switching from councilman to mayor, if elected, would mean losing his right to vote on issues except to break a tie.

The Front Royal native graduated from Warren County High School and attended Lord Fairfax Community College for a year. Tharpe also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Tharpe ran various businesses starting in the early 1970s. He is retired and lives with his wife Deborah.

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