Christie Monahan will be competing with four other town residents for one of four open Strasburg Town Council seats on Tuesday.

Monahan, who grew up in Wardensville, said she cherishes the small-town environment in Strasburg and wants her family to experience all the advantages that the environment brings.

An active participant in local government and organizations, Monahan said she has diligently attended council meetings and combed through the minutes and packets to have a solid understanding of the issues council members were tackling.

“I developed an appreciation for how our government works as well as for the importance of balancing immediate and long-term consequences before making decisions.

Monahan’s qualifications for leadership in the town include volunteer work with the Strasburg United Methodist Church, the Strasburg Museum and her position as a board member for Lydia’s Closet. She is also the executive chair of her Home Owners Association and has a background in financial management with 16 years of working in the automotive industry.

Her financial expertise, she said, will help her face the challenges of drafting and maintaining a budget.

Monahan said her goals as a council member include easing access to information for citizens, pushing to maintain online access to meetings and providing a summary budget for citizens to “improve citizen awareness and transparency.”

Last year, Monahan spearheaded an effort to file a petition to have Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr. removed from office prior to his term ending next month.

The four council members whose terms are expiring next month, Scott Terndrup, Kim Bishop, Jocelyn Vena and Barbara Plitt did not pursue reelection bids.

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