Tharpe announces candidacy for mayor

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The first announced candidate for mayor in the next town election stepped forward last week.

On Thursday, Vice Mayor Hollis L. Tharpe formally announced his candidacy to replace Mayor Tim Darr, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election.

"Under Mayor Darr's leadership, we have seen the town continue to grow and prosper," Tharpe said in a news release. "While it saddens me that I will no longer be serving with Tim, I am also looking forward to provising leadership to the town by promising to work together with the council to keep moving our town forward."

Tharpe, an employee of Holtzman Propane and owner/president of Tharpeís Novelties, was elected to council in 2010 and has served as vice mayor since last year. Before that, he served on council from 2000 to 2004.

His current term on council will expire Dec. 31, 2018. If Tharpe were to be elected mayor, he would have to vacate the seat.

Tharpe is a member of Elks Lodge No. 2382, the Loyal Order of Moose No. 829 and American Legion Post No. 53.

He and his wife Debbie live on Charles Street. They have four daughters, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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