FRONT ROYAL – Gary L. Gillispie, hoping to retain his position as councilman, has become the first candidate to declare his candidacy for the council in the November election.
Gillispie was appointed councilman in August 2017, filling a position left vacant when Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger moved out of the state. He thanked Mayor Hollis Tharpe and fellow councilmen for the opportunity, but said “there is still work to be done.” He will get into details of that needed work when the election grows nearer.
“I just wanted to put my platform out and let everyone know that I was running,” he said.
He noted that the town is growing and there is a need for even more new businesses.
“In the end, that is what is going to keep the tax rates low,” Gillipsie said.
If elected, some goals would be creating job opportunities and cutting government regulations that hinder small local businesses.
He recalled a time when Front Royal was looked down upon by its northern neighbors, and “I am proud to say, now, we are second to none.” It is now home to great schools and businesses, and he will remain committed to continued excellence, he said.
“I will continue to promote economic development to keep our taxes low and to bring better paying jobs home,” he said.
A lifelong resident of Front Royal, he is employed as a plumbing and gas plans reviewer, and attends Dynamic Life Ministries. Gillipsie and his wife, Allyson, are parents to 12-year-old Chase. Gary Gillispie said he is invested in Front Royal because “its future will shape the future of my son and grandchildren.
“Allyson and I have always told our son that service is a necessary part of life. As a lifelong member of this community, I feel it is important to lead by example,” he said.