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City Council election drawing hopefuls
Two of the four ward representatives on Fredericksburg’s City Council aren’t seeking re-election in May.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the city will see any unfamiliar names in the city’s leadership posts.
On Friday, former councilman Hashmel Turner filed preliminary paperwork with the city’s Voter Registrar to run for the Ward 4 seat and word around town is that another former councilman may be running in a different ward.
Planning Commission Chairman Richard Friesner issued a statement Thursday night saying he is running to become Ward 3’s representative. He said he plans to file the official paperwork early next week for the ward that is mostly east of U.S. 1 except for areas south of State Route 3.
Others active in city civic affairs are also said to be considering campaigns.
The deadline to file with the registrar is March 4 for the May 6 election.
Councilmen Fred Howe and George Solley said they will not seek re-election. However, Brad Ellis and Bea Paolucci will seek to retain their seats.
Turner is challenging Paolucci in Ward 4, which stretches from Celebrate Virginia through downtown and along Dixon Street.
Ellis represents Ward 1, the area mostly west of U.S. 1.
Solley has represented Ward 2 for the past eight years and said he has accomplished most of his major goals and is ready to focus his energies elsewhere. Ward 2 includes the area surrounding the Dorothy Hart Community Center.
Howe, who represents Ward 3, is keeping the promise he made to his wife, Tanya, when he ran for mayor in 2012. He told her that if he won, they would stay in the city for him to fulfill that duty. If he lost, they would build a house in Stafford County on property they own.
Mary Katherine Greenlaw won the mayoral contest so Howe is leaving after serving one term on the council. The mayor and two at-large council seats are not on this spring’s ballot.
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