STRASBURG — Brandy Hawkins Boies has announced her bid for town mayor.

Through her candidacy, the 39-year-old mother of three said she hopes to encourage more people to take an interest in the town and local government — especially young people.

“I’m passionate about getting millennials involved,” she said. They can be leaders, now, she said, whatever their age. “This is something that you can do.”

A 1999 graduate of Strasburg High School, Boies has more than 30 years’ experience in leadership roles that include school clubs like FFA and 4-H, community groups like the Girl Scouts and athletics like softball and basketball. She has 15 years with the Strasburg Rotary Club (two years as president) and 14 years as an administrator at Lord Fairfax Community College.

Part of her platform is promoting the town’s history and traditions as well as helping pave the way for future success by increasing business opportunities and communication.

Describing herself as an optimist and visionary, she said she hopes to encourage people to come out to town meetings and talk with the mayor and Town Council about issues that are important to them.

As mayor, she said she would also increase communication online, hoping to introduce opportunities for town staff to record short videos of project updates that residents could hear about online.

It’s a way to “increase awareness,” she said.

After graduating from Strasburg High, Boies earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Radford University and a master’s in education from James Madison University.

At LFCC, Boies has been a coordinator of student life and a college judicial officer. She teaches women’s self-defense and is passionate about violence prevention.

As a Rotary member, she has participated in various grants and projects that have served the community.

She lives in Strasburg with her three daughters, Ella, 15; Emily, 10, and Elizabeth, 7.

Boies joins two other candidates for mayor — Ray Lough and Don Le Vine.

Election day is May 5. The deadline to file with the county is March 3.

Contact Josette Keelor at jkeelor@nvdaily.com