Residents in Colonial Beach have important decisions to make on election day, November 3. There is a race for Mayor and three open seats on the Town Council.
Michael Fitzpatrick and Robin Mae Schick are running for Mayor. Schick is currently the Vice Mayor. Candidates for Town Council are Richard “Mike” Cabrey, Alan Darlington, Wayne DiRosario, Dallas Leamon (incumbent), Tom Moncure, and Dr. Caryn Self-Sullivan.
The Town of Colonial Beach is governed by the Mayor and six Town Council members. Representatives are elected to serve staggered four-year terms. Terms are expiring this year for Frank Alger III, Stephen Cirbee, and Dallas Leamon. Since Schick is running for Mayor her seat on Council may also be available should she win the mayoral position.
According to the Town’s website (www.colonialbeachva.net) the elected officials are responsible for approving the budget and setting tax rates; focusing on major community projects and goals; considering the Town’s long-term future through land use, capital improvement, and strategic planning.
Each year in which there is an election, the Colonial Beach Community Foundation and the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce work together to host a series of public forums in which residents can hear more about each candidate’s plan if elected. This year the Candidates’ Forum for Mayor will be Monday, September 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Forum for Town Council candidates will be Tuesday, September 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The forums will be held in person in the gymnasium at the Colonial Beach Elementary School as well as virtually on the Town of Colonial Beach’s Facebook page through Facebook Live. Residents who wish to participate in person will be required to wear a mask. There will be a limited number of people admitted in person, and seating will be arranged with proper distancing requirements. Hand sanitizer will be available. The Foundation, Chamber, Town and schools adhere to the Virginia Department of Health’s guidelines for COVID-19.
Colonial Beach residents are asked to submit questions for the candidates prior to the September events. Questions should be sent (no later than September 11) to email@example.com, through Facebook messenger to the Colonial Beach Foundation, or by mail to CBCF, P.O. Box 375, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. The questions will not be shared with the candidates ahead of the forums. No questions will be accepted during the forums. Eric Nelson, president of the Colonial Beach Community Foundation, and Carey Geddes, president of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce will moderate the events.
“For several years, the Colonial Beach Community Foundation and the Chamber have partnered to provide a venue for residents to hear from Council candidates,” said Nelson. “It’s a great opportunity for our citizens to ask their questions and hear directly from the candidates, in one setting.”