Orndorff elected mayor

Town council candidates Taralyn F. Manuel-Nicholson, left, and Barbara H. Plitt, right, stand outside the polls in Strasburg on Tuesday with mayor candidate Town Councilman Richard A. “Rich” Orndorff Jr., center. Orndorff won the three-way race against Councilman Donald M. Le Vine and former councilman Justin M. Ritenour. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Voters on Tuesday picked a former mayor to step back into the role and three new faces to serve on Town Council.

Town Councilman Richard A. “Rich” Orndorff Jr. won a three-way race for mayor in the local election, according to unofficial results reported by the Virginia Department of Elections. Orndorff beat Councilman Donald M. Le Vine and former councilman Justin M. Ritenour.

Voters re-elected one of two members running for another term on Town Council and picked three new people to serve on the panel. Shirley F. Maddox, Councilwoman Jocelyn C. Vena, Barbara H. Plitt and Kim M. Bishop received the most votes out of the six candidates running for four seats. Councilman Robert B. “Bob” Baker and former councilwoman Taralyn F. Manuel-Nicholson also ran but did not receive enough votes. Vice Mayor Richard “Rick” Redmon did not run for re-election.

Orndorff served on council from 1990-2000 and as mayor from 2000-2003. Orndorff was elected to council again in a special election in 2010 and then was re-elected two years later. Orndorff decided to run for the seat when Mayor Tim Taylor announced he would not seek re-election.

“I am very, very humbled by the support that I received from the community,” Orndorff said Tuesday night. “Their faith and their belief in me that I am the person to lead Strasburg is extremely gratifying to me, and I’ve waited a long time and … to follow in Tim’s footsteps is very gratifying to me.”

Hilary White of Strasburg puts her ballot into the voting machine inside Strasburg High School on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

The community has faced a difficult year, Orndorff said.

“I want to be the leader to help heal that,” Orndorff said. “I want to bring the community together. I want to be the person that helps to lead Strasburg into the future and to bring Strasburg back.”

Unofficial results for the mayor’s race show Orndorff received 51.13 percent of the votes cast. Le Vine received 32.49 percent, while Ritenour took 15.99 percent.

Le Vine still has two years left on his term.

Maddox said she looked forward to serving with the newly elected members and those sitting on the panel.

Strasburg mayor candidate Don LeVine speaks to a voter outside Strasburg's polling station Tuesday afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily

Bishop, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for council a few years ago, thanked her supporters for a winning bid this time.

“I’d just like to thank all the people that voted for me and say that I hope to be able to serve all the citizens of Strasburg the best I can,” Bishop said.

Unofficial results in the council race showed that Maddox received 19.01 percent of the votes. Vena received 17.46 percent. Plitt received 16.48 percent and Bishop received 15.79 percent. Manuel-Nicholson received 15.26 percent and Baker received 15.07 percent.

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

Sabra Bauserman leaves a polling booth after voting in the Town Council election in Strasburg on Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily