Every November election is billed as special or unusually significant, but Lovettsville voters will get a truly special opportunity to elect two candidates already on Town Council.
The two were appointed to fill separate vacancies after last May’s election and are running unopposed, according to Town Manager Keith Markel.
The town holds nonpartisan elections, meaning neither candidate is allowed to register with a political party. If elected, the candidates’ terms will expire in 2014.
The two, running together, are expected to win their seats unless other candidates mount aggressive write-in campaigns.
Kimberly Allar took the place of now-mayor Bob Zoldos on Aug. 16.
Jack Burden was appointed March 8 to fill in for council member Charlotte Coleman, who resigned after moving away from the area.
Allar is a new resident of the city, having spent three years in Maryland working for the state as a psychologist.
“We’ve only lived in Lovettsville for a year and we really like the feel of the town,” Allar said. “I don’t want Lovettsville to become the next Purcellville, so to speak.”
Allar is running on a platform of keeping Lovettsville small while bringing some businesses in.
“We do need to attract some business to Lovettsville because we don’t have a grocery store. We don’t have some of the conveniences here,” Allar said. “We don’t have that stuff but we don’t want it to blow up and be huge.”
She currently runs her own small business from home as an independent consultant for Tastefully Simple, a company that specializes in prepared foods and home-tasting parties.
She lives with her husband, Tim, a former Naval officer, and has two children, Zachary, 4 and Lucas, 3; who she cites as a major motive for seeking the seat.
“I never thought I’d run for Town Council,” Allar said. “I think it’s important to get involved in local government to make things happen because if I don’t, who’s going to?”
Burden has lived in Lovettsville for four years and has since been working in local government.
He worked on the Lovettsville Planning Commission from 2008 to 2012 and has served as vice chair since 2010.
“Early on, I decided that I wanted to become a participating member of Lovettsville,” Burden said.
He moved from Fairfax County to be closer to two of his three children and 12 of his 14 grandchildren.
Burden is running on a platform of preserving Lovettsville’s small town character while looking at business opportunities.
“We want to develop retail in the new town center that’s been stalled,” Burden said.
He’s also interested in making local government more accessible to Lovettsville citizens and creating a smart transportation plan.
“We’re working hard to put sidewalks in on Berlin Pike and East Broadway,” Burden said.
The council is also requiring developers to put sidewalks on any roads they pave.
Burden has 20 years of military service, including two combat tours in Vietnam. He spent the following 28 years working as a consultant with the Department of Defense.
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