Purcellville resident and business owner Kelli Grim announced today that she has decided to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor.
“My decision to run as a Write-In Candidate for Mayor came late because my commitment to my community prevents me from allowing Mayor Lazaro to run unopposed again. There are many critical issues facing residents that jeopardize our quality of life, and I want to make a difference.
I am not funded or supported by any special interest groups or developers. It has always been my sincere intention to bring multiple views forward for discussion that would protect the existing residents and business owners. I found myself lied about and criticized by this current administration. In a democracy everyone should feel comfortable to voice their concerns and ask tough questions without the fear of retaliation, and this is the kind of leadership I will bring to the Town of Purcellville.”
In 2010, Grim sought one of three open Town Council seats. She was the only woman in the race. Some of the issues Grim has focused on are the Town’s lack of transparency, unsustainable debt, rising utility rates, and maintaining the character of Purcellville.
“The charm of Purcellville is special with so many older residential and commercial properties that have so much potential and amazing character to them. These are priceless and timeless, and need to be preserved when being repurposed for revitalization projects, not knocked down and hauled way. Purcellville is well on its way of looking like any place else.”
Grim believes enough residents are ready to stand up and be counted. She points out that when her opponent first ran for Town Council eight years ago, “having lived in the town for only a year and a half, his campaign motto was “Don’t Burb Purcellville”. Yet, that is exactly what he has done throughout his terms.”
When asked if she thought she had a chance of unseating the current mayor, Grim said:
“I have more than a chance, I know for a fact from the many residents who have voiced their support that I am a legitimate contender. It is not about me, it is about the residents of Purcellville that want to be heard, that want to protect Purcellville from being supersized. Purcellville has such an incredible heritage, and I feel it must be preserved for our future generations. Together we can build a town that we are not only proud of, but that provides economic development opportunities through our heritage and tourism attractions.”
The Town election will be Tuesday May 1, 2012 at Emerick Elementary School on Nursery Ave. Polls are open from 6:00am – 7:00pm.
Kelli Grim and other Write-In candidates are holding two Meet on Main Street events where voters can learn more about their campaigns:
- Friday, April 27th, at Purcellville Family Restaurant (also known as Fran’s) for coffee 8:00am – 9:30am.
- Saturday, April 28th, in front of 105 E. Main St. (across the street from old town hall and next door to Valley Energy building), from 10:00am – 12:00pm.
The Kelli Grim Loves Purcellville Campaign can be found at www.Kelli4Mayor.blogspot.com