Three vie for Elkton’s mayor position
The Valley BannerThree candidates are running for the position of mayor in the town of Elkton. All three are familiar names to the town’s voters. Incumbent mayor Roy Davis is being challenged by former mayor and councilman M. Lee Dearing and current Councilman Phillip “Rick” Workman II. The town election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Roy E. “Gene” Davis
Davis is completing his first term as mayor. He is a lifelong resident of Elkton and a graduate of Elkton High School. He has three children and four grandchildren, one still in school in Elkton. He spent 15 years working at DuPont in Waynesboro, 30 years at Merck’s Stonewall Division south of Elkton, and operated Roy Davis Tours for over 30 years.
He is a past president of the Elkton PTA and coached Elkton Little League baseball for over 20 years. He contracted with the town as an operations consultant for the first half of 2007, and has been twice elected, and once appointed, to the town council. He attends Elkton United Methodist Church.
Davis sees the town’s debt, and debt service payments, as major negative features. He sees economic development as an ongoing issue.
He pledges to support the economic develop plan with the most promise of success; to continue progress in street maintenance and to begin some sidewalk projects in the coming spring.
He will continue replacement of leaking and broken water and sewer lines and “solve some of our low water pressure problems.”
He will also increase the watch over how town funds are being spent.
M. Lee Dearing
Dearing is an Elkton native who attended local schools through Elkton High School. He joined the U.S. Army right out of high school and returned to Elkton upon his retirement in 1992. He has three grown sons, runs his own home improvement company and is a member of Elkton United Methodist Church.
Dearing served on the town council from 1994-96, and then served as mayor from 1996-2000. He was elecvted to council again from 2000-04, serving as vice mayor.
He sees controlling town expenses, while maintaining current service levels, as a major issue.
“We have three people on the town payroll whose sole job is to read meters and repair water and sewer pipes,” Dearing said. “With benefits, they cost the town $150,000 a year. Half of the town’s meters are water meters and are read by a wand, touch-read only. The town is the largest employer in Elkton, with 31 employees.”
Dearing would contract out meter-reading, and water-sewer repair function. “Let a reputable contractor have the job of pipe maintenance and meter reading; we’ll get more service for the money,” he said.
Dearing would also start selling Kite property immediately. “We have 300 acres that is returning nothing to the town in revenue. If we sell just one lot, we would at least have some money coming in, including real estate taxes. Prospective purchasers right now cannot get a simple price on any portion of the property,” he said.
Dearing would also review the town cigarette tax, examine utility rates and make all town departments physically accessible to the handicapped.
Phillip “Rick” Workman II
Workman is completing his second term on the Elkton Town Council, having previously served on the planning commission. A native of Elkton and a son of Phillip Workman I, he actually born in Tacoma, Wash., where his father was stationed with the U.S. Air Force. Six months later, the Workman family moved back to Elkton, where he attended schools and played football at Elkton High School. He and wife Deb have three grown daughters and attend Elkton Presbyterian Church.
Workman has persisted in economic development efforts and is responsible for the creation of the town council’s standing Economic Development Committee, which he chairs. He contributed to efforts that brought interns to town from James Madison University, a move which has resulted in substantial advertising for town business and in grant money. He spearheaded installation of a vest-pocket park along Elk Run Creek and helped create recent chili cookoff events.
Workman was instrumental in the town’s construction of a Sept. 11th memorial and coordinates the yearly remembrance ceremony. In beautification, he has pushed for town banners flying from lightposts and supported the successful effort to install flagpoles at the downtown triangle. He is a member of Elkton Ruritans, Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292 and the Elkton Downtown Revitalization Corporation. He is treasurer of Elkton’s American Legion Post 222, and was chair of the Elkton Centennial Committee.
Workman sees two main issues: completing work projects on time and the need to sell the Kite property.
“I will insist we market the Kite real estate,” he wrote in an email. “We must market the real estate we know as the golf course land and take pressure off our treasury.”
Workman will also promote a work-order system to track the completion of job orders.