MIDDLETOWN – Three candidates are running unopposed in the November elections for Town Council seats.
Council members Jeff Pennington and Scott Fink are running unopposed for re-election.
Daryl Terrill is seeking election to the council seat that will be left vacant when Councilman and Vice Mayor Tom Simon steps down.
Simon has served on the Town Council since 2012. He is leaving office after taking a new job that requires more travel.
Pennington said he has served on council for five years after having been appointed to fill in for a year when a vacancy on the council occurred. He then won a 4-year term in the last election.
He said he is proud of the direction the town is moving in , including the professionalism of the Middletown Police Department and in the Town Hall offices.
Pennington said he looks forward to continuing to work on preserving the historic streetscape that adds to the charm of Middletown while promoting its history.
“I would like to see more tourism by working with the National Park Service, Belle Grove and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation,” Pennington said.
Future issues he anticipates the town working on include water and sewer and balancing development of the town with preservation.
Fink is seeking re-election after serving four years on council.
He said he likes working as a team with other council members to improve the town.
“I like that we may have differences but we do the town’s work with the goal to move forward,” Fink said.
He said he is proud of some of the administrative changes that have occurred that he feels have improved professionalism and working morale in some of the town’s departments.
Fink, who sits on the Public Safety Committee, includes the hiring of Middletown Police Chief Gary Benedict Jr. among those changes.
Fink also sits on Human Resources and the Finance Committee
He talked of a phone call he received from a town business thanking him for the police department’s routine proactive patrols and increased visibility that were helping keep crime down. Fink previously served for one year on the Board of Directors of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce.
Fink has attended conferences through the Virginia Municipal League, known as the VML, an organization that gives town officials credited hours with the goal of returning to their towns to educate their towns and department leaders on best practices.
He said he looks forward to promoting more citizen engagement to get more residents out to meetings, maybe even hosting events such as a “Coffee with a Council Member.”
Terrill has been on the town’s Planning Commission for two years and is its chairman. He said he is proud of the work done by that panel and he is looking forward to using his experience on the council.
Some of the work he is proud of is the approval of the “Village of Middletown” subdivision and the commission finishing its work on the town’s Comprehensive Plan, which now moves forward to a public hearing on Oct. 22.
“The Planning Commission has done a lot of work in the last year,” Terrill said. “I told them they should be proud.”
He would like to continue working on economic development in the town, including stores that will serve the needs of the additional residents that will move into the “Village of Middletown” subdivision.
Terrill stressed the development will need to be strategic and away from downtown so as not to have an impact on the character of the community.