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Three candidates file for Middleburg’s mayoral race

The Middleburg mayoral race is starting to take shape, with three candidates filing candidacies with the county Board of Elections office. Mayor Betsy Davis announced last year she is retiring after serving as mayor since 2006. Davis also served on the town council from 1998 to 2006.

Vincent Bataoel, Trowbridge “Bridge” Littleton and Mark Snyder are all on the ballot for mayor.

In addition to mayor, Middleburg residents will be voting to fill four council seats. C. Darlene Kirk is the only candidate who has filed to run for town council to date. The election is set for May 1.

Bataoel, co-founder of the sustainable design firm Above Green and chairman of Middleburg's Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) said his vision is to keep Middleburg a small town and keep it moving forward while preserving the culture, history and quaintness that is quintessential Middleburg.

“The next mayor's job will be to balance these responsibilities,” Bataoel said.

Littleton, who was born and raised in Middleburg, said he was inspired by his father, who served on the town council for many years.

“The mayor has done a great job, and I would love to follow in her footsteps and bring new ideas to make everyone successful, whether it is a resident or business,” Littleton said.

As mayor, Littleton said he would like to protect the community, help businesses grow and attract new businesses that share the same values and want to contribute to the community and Middleburg experience. He would also like to protect the investments made in the town's infrastructure and continue making the necessary investments to maintain town residents' health and safety.

Mark Snyder, who currently serves on the Town Council with Littleton, said he is running for mayor to “make certain Middleburg remains the beautiful rural village in its unique foxhunting surrounds and culture.”

“Middleburg is a jewel that we must protect and I have the experience and understanding to do so. I look forward to building on Betsy's work as mayor to build council to its next logical level,” Snyder said.

Snyder has served on Town Council and town committees for more than 20 years. He says he is “familiar with resolving past problems, such as the water and utility” and has “led efforts to replace water lines in Ridgeview while also stabilizing rates.”

Other local towns will be holding May 1 elections for mayor and Town Council, including Purcellville, Round Hill, Lovettsville and Hamilton.

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