FRONT ROYAL – Interim Mayor Matt Tederick announced during the Town Council’s regular Monday meeting that he will not seek to permanently fill the mayoral seat in the Nov. 5 special election.
In June, Tederick was appointed to interim duties after former Mayor Hollis Tharpe resigned upon being indicted on a misdemeanor count of prostitution solicitation. Those charges were dismissed recently.
Tederick said that he is “honored” and “privileged” to serve as interim mayor and that “many citizens” have contacted him about permanently filling the seat. Upon accepting the interim position, Tederick noted previous statements in which he said that he did not plan on running.
“My word is my bond and I do not intend to run for mayor,” he said.
Tederick added that he has “other business interests” that will “take me away for several months” next year “and it wouldn’t be fair to the citizens” if he ran. He added that while he wanted to publicly state that he will not be a candidate come November, he will not rule out a future run.
Pam Morrison, assistant Warren County registrar, said over the phone Tuesday that there is an Aug. 16 filing deadline to run in the special mayoral election and that candidates must gather 125 signatures from qualified voters. She said some citizens have filed to run but was not sure how many have done so or their identities. That information, she said, will not be available until Registrar Carol Tobin returns to the office on Friday.
After the charges against Tharpe were dismissed last week, he announced that he had been gathering signatures and will run for his vacated seat. Citizen Paul Gabbert, who has been a vocal critic recently of local government, said during a public comment period at the council's Monday meeting that he is gathering signatures to be on the ballot.
"I think I can be a clear voice, I think I can be a voice for the people," Gabbert said.