Stephen Van Stee is running for reelection for Edinburg Town Council this month.

The election is May 19, with three candidates running for three spots. Clyde Beachy is not running for reelection.

Van Stee, who is also the Edinburg Planning Commission chairman, said that he enjoyed his first term on the Town Council.

“I do it out of the sense of giving back to the community,” he said. “I’ve been in the community service basically my whole life. Through my service in the Air Force and also as a volunteer firefighter. ...Public service has kind of been in my blood. This is my first entrance into the political system and it’s been very rewarding. I’ve been having a good time with it.”

He said one of his big goals during a second term would be to continue to try to revitalize some of the buildings downtown that need improvements.

“One of the things that I have been steadily working on in my first term in office has been to contact some of these property owners and work with them on improving their properties,” Van Stee said. “So they’re not just sitting there falling apart before out eyes, and that’s an on-going process. In my second term, I hope to really get the whole thing completed and come to fruition, especially in our historic district.”

Van Stee has been on the Town Council for four years. He said he graduated from Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1979 and from St. Andrew University, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, in 1983 with an associate’s degree in electronic systems technology. He served in the Air Force for 22 years.

He is self-employed and is co-owner of Shenandoah Energy Services. He also owns Solar Crate, at which he designs and manufactures off-grid solar generators.

Van Stee lives in Edinburg with his wife Karen. They have been married for 38 years and have two children, Kristen and Erica.

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