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?
Building is still under construction. Part two— we were assured several times that we not only qualified because the Royal Village area met the poverty guidelines but the NMTC had already been secured.
What were your biggest accomplishments and regrets from your previous mayoral term?
A new safer Criser road bridge-50 million (interest free) loan plus a 12 million dollar grant to construct a modern waste water treatment plant. —Leach run parkway that is heavily used daily. —A very long over due much needed Police Administration building to accommodate all our law enforcement at one facility instead of being spread out in separate facilities. Part Two —Is i have had NO regrets serving our town citizens, unfortunately I’m disappointed that we haven’t made road improvements to phase two and three of the happy creek road.
Do you believe the town should provide water to the proposed Crooked Run West residential development?
Without new information about the project I wouldn’t support it at this time. Council years ago set a daily supply of water( 60,000 per day) for commercial users.