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    Purcellville vice mayor announces campaign for mayor

    The vice mayor of Purcellville has announced his candidacy for town mayor.

    Keith Melton's announcement comes on the heels of current-mayor Bob Lazaro's announcement that he will not be seeking re-election. Melton has served on the Purcellville Town Council for the past four years.

    “I have launched my campaign for Purcellville Mayor to preserve our small town atmosphere while creating an entrepreneurial environment that provides convenient retail, service, and dining choices for our residents," Melton said in a prepared statement. " I will continue to bring the same balanced, common sense approach to serving the community that I have done during my nearly four years on Purcellville Town Council. This independent-minded approach and experience make me an ideal candidate to be Purcellville’s next Mayor.”

    Melton cites $60 million of new investment and 600 new jobs in Purcellville, with Gateway shopping center and the Shoppes at Main and Maple being the largest generators; a favorable bond investment grade; and improvements to several area roads as accomplishments during his town council tenure.

    A resident of the Villages of Purcellville, Melton said he plans on running an "old-fashioned, positive campaign, walking door-to-door."

    Also in the mix for mayoral candidate is Kwasi Fraser, an eight-year town resident. Fraser says "out of control" taxes helped prompt his run, noting a 17 percent increase in town property tax, an 11 percent meal tax and a 7 and 20 percent increase in water and sewer rates as examples.

    "... we must act now to balance new development with the needs of our 'small town' community," Fraser says on his website.

    Purcellville is one of five towns that will have mayor and town council elections on May 6. Also included are Hamilton, Middleburg, Lovettsville and Round Hill.

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