New Market Election Coverage 2012

Posted: April 25, 2012

Mayoral candidate and incumbent Larry Smith
Mayoral candidate Douglas Bradley
Council candidate Roy Muller
Councilman Douglas C. Bradley is challenging incumbent Larry Smith in the mayoral race. Candidates for the three council seats are Roy Mueller, Tim Palmer, Scott Wymer and incumbent Eddie Litten. Journals staff writer Florence Barrett compiled information for this coverage, with contributions from Daily News-Record reporter Kaitlin Mayhew. Candidates were asked to provide a photo, 150-word statement about why they were running for office and their platform.

MAYOR: Larry Smith (incumbent)

Smith is a nine-year resident of New Market and will finish his first term as mayor in June. He previously served on the town’s Planning Commission and as chairman of the New Market Area Chamber of Commerce.

 I am committed to helping New Market continue to be the “best” town in the Shenandoah Valley.  I bring consistent leadership, positive representation and continued cooperation with the citizens, the town council, businesses and community groups.  

Platform
    *Continued support for the New Market Police and Fire & Rescue Squad. 
*Create park and reecreation programs for all ages.   
*Complete the Shady Lane Project and Phase Two - Streetscape.
*Oversee the study of the water system and future needs.
*Spearhead  planning for better water drainage on John Sevier Road. 
*Continue to encourage economic development and business support; to keep the residents informed via the “Mayor’s Corner”; to addess the citizen concerns with a positive attitude and open mind; to encourage positive relations between the town government and merchants; and to encourage a “shop locally” way of life. 


MAYOR: Douglas C. Bradley
 

Bradley was appointed in March 2011 to fill the seat of Mary Alice Burch after her death. In November, he won the election to keep the seat. Bradley, who had served as mayor in Clarke, Pa. for 18 years, will remain on council if he does not win the mayoral election. His term runs until June 2014.

I am proud to be a resident of the town of New Market. I want our town to be attractive for the visitors and residents and also a great place to live, work, and raise our children. My 31 years in retail management, eight years council member, and 18 years mayor of Clark, Pa. give me the experience needed to provide responsible leadership.

Platform
Promoting economic development and planning for quality of life. Be available and responsive to residents. Providing leadership for all projects including upcoming curb and gutter installation on Shady Lane and Phase II streetscape. 


COUNCIL (THREE SEATS OPEN)

Charles “Eddie” Litten (incumbent)


Litten was elected to his first full term in 2008 after serving three years on council as an appointed member. He has lived in New Market since 1999, but spent most of his life in the Valley.

I have the desire to make things better for the citizens of the town. I am running for council in an effort to continue additional projects  like we completed in my last term such as streetscape enhancements and joining the Broadway Regional Sewer Plant. Joining the Broadway sewer operation saved our citizens millions of dollars that we would now be paying for with greatly increased sewer bills. I also want to make sure we follow the comprehensive plan set forth for New Market to maintain the “small town” atmosphere we enjoy. During the next term, I am interested in seeing sidewalks extended on Rt. 211 East to the new Dollar General Store. Also, there are some areas in town that need to be studied and have further action such as the poor drainage situation on John Sevier Road near the town office and the poultry plant.

The candidate did not submit a photo.


Council: Roy R. Muller


The owner of Shop Civil War on Congress Street, he and his wife also have a business developing Civil War-themed products for museum gift shops. He ran for council two years ago.

Motivation: These are tough economic times and I would like to help  the town attempt to solve its financial problems of a $290,000 revenue drop triggering a 10 percent increase in our water/sewer rates. A monthly $100 plus water/sewer bill is a hardship for many families.
  
Biggest Issues: Better financial transparency in the town budget by showing their “actual” revenues and expenses and not just comparing last year’s budget to this year’s proposed budget. 
Attempt to slow down rising sewer/water rates. Operate the department with a business plan that reviews costs, options and risk management.
Remove non-staff town employee wages from sewer/water department administration payroll.   
Continue repairs on the I&I (fresh water in sewage) problem, because we are still paying about $150,000 a year to treat fresh water. 
Focus on our new Congress Street streetscape and the I-81 exit business zone economy that generates about $600,000 in tax revenue.

Council: Scott C. Wymer


Wymer is an eighth-grade civics teacher at North Fork Middle School. He has lived in New Market most of his life.

The candidate did not submit a photo or statement.

Council: Tim W. Palmer


A retired Fairfax County teacher, Palmer is a current member of the New Market Planning Commission. He and his wife moved to New Market seven years ago. This will be his first time running for council.

I think that everyone in a small community like New Market should be ready and willing, if able, to give back a little.  I hope I can in some way work to make New Market a better place to live, work and play.

The candidate did not submit a photo.

 

 

 

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