Editor’s note: This is one in a series of question and answer articles about local candidates running for office. The Northern Virginia Daily asked candidates for the Front Royal mayor's race three questions. The unedited responses are below.
Two candidates are running for the seat that Hollis Tharpe vacated upon being indicted on a misdemeanor count of prostitution solicitation, a charge dropped from court this year. Tharpe is seeking to reclaim his seat, having previously served a full term as mayor and one partial term. Councilman Eugene Tewalt, who served as mayor from 2008-2010, is his challenger.
While the town does not fund the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority, it has been affected by the alleged embezzlement within the EDA. What should the Town Council have done to prevent the ITFederal building from sitting vacant or to realize that the Front Royal Police Department headquarters did not qualify for the New Markets Tax Credit Program?
The Town Council had no reason to get involved with The EDA and their dealings with IT Federal. The agreement with IT Federal was with the EDA only.
At the beginning the Town Council thought that the New Market Tax Credits was good way to finance the Police Dept. Later we were told that we did not qualify. This came as a shock. We are now trying to get the financing through the VML bonds market.
What were your biggest accomplishments and regrets from your previous mayoral term?
In my first term as Mayor ,the Town Council and I completed all of the project that had been previous approved.
Do you believe the town should provide water to the proposed Crooked Run West residential development?
NO, The Town should not furnish water to the housing development.
We agreed to furnish water to commercial only ( 40,000 gal per day ) as per our MOU with Warren County.