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More hopefuls to run for Fredericksburg City Council

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The field of candidates for this spring’s Fredericksburg City Council races is growing.

Former Councilman Billy Withers is one of three people who notified city Registrar Juanita Pitchford within the past 10 days that he will seek office in the May 6 election.

All four wards in the city are on the ballot but not mayor or at-large seats.

Withers notified the registrar on Jan. 21 of his intent to run in Ward 2, Pitchford said.

Current Ward 2 Councilman George Solley said he is not seeking re-election after eight years of service. Withers is the first to declare for that seat that represents the area surrounding the Dorothy Hart Community Center.

Councilman Fred Howe, who represents Ward 3, also said he is not seeking re-election.

On Friday, Timothy P. Duffy, the assistant principal at Walker–Grant Middle School, filed with the registrar to seek the Ward 3 seat. He joins Planning Commission Chairman Richard Friesner in the race to represent the area that is mostly east of U.S. 1 except for areas south of State Route 3.

Last Thursday, Ryguy Mau Muhammedd submitted his preliminary paperwork, including petitions, to run in Ward 4, Pitchford said. He joins former councilman Hashmel Turner in challenging incumbent Bea Paolucci in the ward that stretches from Celebrate Virginia South through downtown and along Dixon Street.

Councilman Brad Ellis is seeking re-election in Ward 1, which covers the area mostly west of U.S. 1. He does not yet have a challenger but there’s word a local businessman is considering a run.

The deadline to file with the registrar is March 4.

Pamela Gould: 540/735-1972


Here is how the four May 6 elections for City Council are shaping up so far:

Ward 1: Brad Ellis (incumbent)

Ward 2: Billy Withers

Ward 3: Timothy P. Duffy, Richard Friesner

Ward 4: Bea Paolucci (incumbent), Hashmel Turner and Ryguy Mau Muhammedd