In six weeks, Town of Louisa residents will go to the polls to vote for a new mayor and two council members to help lead the town for the next four years.
Six candidates have filed their candidacy with the Louisa Voter Registrar’s Office in a race that will choose three to serve four-year staggered terms.
Mayor James S. Artz and council member R. Garland Nuckols are challenging each other for the mayor’s seat, and Vice-Mayor Mary Jane Clarke is seeking re-election to her seat.
There is some competition in this year’s race with three political newcomers, Shane M. Dittman, Stewart C. “Stu” Reynolds and Andrew G. “Andy” Wade, vying for a seat at the council table.
All six candidates cite the town’s water issues as one of the key reasons they are seeking election, in the hope of resolving the long-standing issue. They each have other concerns that they would like to tackle if elected.
Artz, who was first elected mayor in 2006, said he would like the opportunity to follow through on some of the projects that the council is currently working on, as well as those that have been talked about, but not yet started, such as Sheetz. He also would also like to see completion of the water disinfection-by-products treatment complete.
“I would like to finish what we started,” Artz said. “We have a lot of things on our long-range agenda we need to do and I would like at least to see them started.”
Nuckols, a council member since 2010, said he wants to be in a position where he can help the town and its citizens more. He has served on the Town Water and Sewer Committee for two years, and would like to continue working on the water situation to reach a solution.
In addition, Nuckols wants the opportunity to work with local businesses to help them stay open, and keep taxes as low as possible. He also wants citizens to become more involved with the council and assist on committees to help town businesses grow and thrive.
“Having our businesses closing in town is not good for the business or the citizens,” Nuckols said. “[Also], having transparency in local government is important to me.
To read the entire story, see the March 20 edition of The Central Virginian.