Full Circle: Out with the old, in with the…old?
By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report
Front Royal voters opted to keep first-term mayor Timothy W. Darr in office Tuesday by a wide margin – 924 to 326 – but rejected two of his colleagues, one of whom got the least amount of votes among the nine candidates to fill three seats.
Vice Mayor Chris W. Holloway and Councilman Carson C. Lauder, Jr. were swept from office in an election that saw a voter turnout of only 16 percent. Ironically, both opposed a move to switch to a November town election which would likely have seen a much larger turnout – traditionally at least double over the past decade – in which incumbents usually benefit from simple name recognition.
Even more surprising to many observers, former Vice Mayor Bret W. Hrbek and former Mayor Eugene R. Tewalt, both of whom lost their re-election bids in 2010, received the most votes, 515 and 514 of a total of 1,335 cast for nine candidates for council and two for mayor.
In 3rd place and also joining Front Royal’s Town Council is Pond, Athey, Athey and Pond attorney Daryl Lee Funk, who edged out the only other serious contender for a spot at the top, Linda J. Allen, by 94 votes, 509 to 415.
Holloway came in fifth in the race for three seats with 352 votes. Lauder finished ninth and was low man on the council vote total totem pole with 269 votes, despite that family cole slaw recipe.
Rounding out the voter count were Ron Harvey, sixth place (297); Manuel Vicente, seventh (288); Robbie Tennett, eighth (281).
Here are the complete unofficial results: http://goo.gl/
This report was edited by Roger Bianchini.