Front Royal voters re-elect Tharpe, two newcomers

By Alex Bridges

Voters in Front Royal picked two new Town Council members and re-elected one in local races Tuesday.

Councilman Hollis L. Tharpe retained his seat on council, according to unofficial results provided by the Warren County Voter Registrar’s office. Voters also elected newcomers John P. Connolly and Bebhinn Cecilia Egger to council seats. Seven candidates sought three seats on Town Council.

Vice Mayor N. Shae Parker also sought re-election but did not receive enough votes. Councilman Thomas H. Sayre chose not to seek re-election, thus freeing up his seat.

Linda J. Allen, Alford D. Carter III, and Robert M. Tennett Jr. also sought seats on council. Allen and Tennett have run in previous council elections.

Unofficial results showed that Tharpe received 1,543 votes or 20 percent; Egger received 1,273 or 17 percent; and Connolly received 1,230 votes or 16 percent.

Parker received 1,178 or approximately 15 percent of the votes. Allen received 1,064 votes or 14 percent. Carter, with 740 votes, received 10 percent. Tennett received 558 votes or 7 percent. The unofficial results also showed that 45 write-in votes making up 1 percent of the total were cast.

Voters also re-elected Mayor Timothy W. Darr. The mayor fended off a challenge from Jim Rogers, who ran for the seat on a write-in campaign. Unofficial results showed that Darr received 2,123, or 78 percent of the 2,727 votes cast for mayor. Of the total, 604 votes, or 22 percent, were for write-ins. However, whether or not those votes for write-ins were for Rogers remained uncertain Tuesday night.

This marked the first year that Front Royal held its elections for council and mayor in November.

Reached by phone once unofficial results were available, winners in the council election commented on the outcome.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and very humbled by the confidence shown in me in this election,” Tharpe said.

“I just wanted to say it’s been a long election season and, you know, I’ve been very happy [with] the idea that the people of Front Royal have chosen the way they have,” Connolly said. “I think when I look around at the results of this election as well as all the people I spoke to on the trail and all of the people I talked to at the polls today that it was really clear to me that the town of Front Royal, the people that live here are ready for a new direction.

“They selected the three most conservative candidates on the ticket,” Connolly added. “I really think they’re looking for fresh faces. They’re looking for a new direction and I’m happy they selected me to help move it in that direction.”

Connolly thanked Parker for his years of service for the town as councilman.

Egger thanked her volunteers and voters who supported her bid.

“All the candidates ran a really good race and I think the voters have really listened to my message of limited government and they really responded to that and I was very overwhelmed by the number of votes I got,” Egger said. “I’m very thankful for that.”

Other candidates were unavailable for comment.

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