Another Face in the Race

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

Another name will be on the ballot this May for a seat on Staunton City Council, and this time it's a woman.

Three men have already announced their candidacy for one of the three open seats, and Saturday morning Andrea Oakes made her campaign official.

"I would like to thank everyone for coming out today for my official announcement on running for Staunton City Council," said Oakes.

Oakes says it is her desire to get more involved with the citizens of Staunton that has led her to be the fourth person to announce candidacy for council.

That is why I served on Staunton City School Board, working to make the schools stronger and producing well rounded students.

Oakes says if elected to council she will continue her work to provide quality education for schools with proper funding and strong economic development through controlled growth.

Growth of downtown Staunton is also something oakes stands behind.

I envision the outside dollars coming in...and keep coming in because we have protected the charm of Staunton, the vision also includes our avenues into Downtown with the same charm and green space I see Staunton becoming known as the destination city on everyone's map.

Don Wilson and Roy Hartless are also running for the open seats.

Lacy King, who currently holds one of those seats, has said he is not ready to give it up.

John Avoli and Jean Donovan have not announced whether they will seek re-election

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