Council candidate discusses his platform

Chris Holloway

FRONT ROYAL – A former town councilman is hoping to regain his seat in the upcoming November election.

Chris Holloway, 54,  is employed by MC Dean, Inc. and previously served on the Town Council from 2008 to 2012, which included a two-year stint as vice mayor. He has also served as president of the Front Royal Soccer Association, as a member of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Committee, and Skyline High School soccer coach.

Holloway stated in a news release that his three goals during his time on the council were to control town spending, improve town-county relations, and “let the world know that Front Royal is open for business.”

He said that while a lot was accomplished during his four years on the council, such as town-county relations, he remains unsatisfied with town spending.

He noted that taxes have nearly doubled since 2008, adding that he never voted for a tax increase because “the town government has more than enough money to cover expenses.”

Holloway said while taxes have increased, the town’s reserve fund has also “increased dramatically” since 2012.

“Someone needs to tell me why we are increasing taxes on the citizens and businesses…and at the same time increasing the town’s reserves,” he said.

Holloway added that if the community hopes to reduce the drug issue, it must provide ample opportunities for young people to work and play.

“It’s not simply a town or county problem,” he said. “It’s a community problem and together we need to work to solve the problems facing the next generation of citizens.”

He said other goals include increasing pedestrian safety and encouraging new businesses by maintaining a low tax base and minimum regulations.

As a lifelong town resident, Holloway said he has seen many changes in Front Royal, some of which were good and “some not so good.”

“I feel we have great opportunities before us and I want to be part of those positive changes. I’m proud to be from Front Royal and I’m proud to be raising my children in Front Royal,” he said.