Langford joins incumbents in Orange council race
The Orange Town Council election Tuesday features three candidates running for the three available seats. Incumbent Vice Mayor Harry C. Hopkins Jr. is not running for re-election.
New to the council will be Town Planning Commission member Richard T. Langford, a lifelong Orange resident who previously served on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Working for his family’s Paint and Paper business, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, Langford said he is running “to give back to the community as much as I can.”
“It has given me so much. I have a lot invested in this town,” he said.
Returning Councilman Henry Lee Carter said he “wants to continue the progress we have been making over the last four years.” A partner in the law firm of Somerville, Carter and Wilkinson, he has lived in Orange since 1973. This will be his fourth term on the council, including two one-year terms as mayor.
Current Mayor Harry C. “Chuck” Mason Jr. will also be serving his fourth term on the council, and has previously served four one-year terms as mayor.
He says he is running “because I hope I make a difference.” The lifelong Orange resident says he attended the same elementary school his father did, and his daughters attended Orange High School, just as he did. He is a third-generation partner in the Mason Insurance Agency.