The Lee County town of Lynchburg is gearing up to elect a new mayor in a few weeks. However, there are no candidates. The last election in November was also held without any names on the ballot.
Nancy Galloway was elected mayor as a write-in candidate but did not file to run for the upcoming election to be held on June 7. Galloway was asked why she decided not to put her name on the ballot for the June election.
I really wanted to leave the door open for younger people to get involved. And that’s something I’ve said over and over again. We need young blood, you know, in the political arena.
Mayor Galloway says it’s a small town, but leadership is needed. “We do have law enforcement, we have a town clerk, we have a maintenance person, you know, of course we have the people who run the water-sewer system.”
Galloway says she has a good town council and they work well together. She had hoped others would step up to the plate. ” I believe there’s a write-in campaign, and I haven’t heard a whole lot about it right now. My name has been bandied about.”
Galloway says many people have just lost interest, but leadership is necessary no matter how large or small the town.
There’s a lot of work to do. There’s, you know, in the past, there’s been… I don’t want to say mismanagement, but just kind of let everything slide.
The Lynchburg mayor says she believes there are more citizens than the 388 reported on the current Census. “This used to be a thriving little town. Once the railroad left it kind of slid downhill and (we’ve) got to do something to spark the energy to get things back on track again.”
No one has filed for Lynchburg’s two council seats, either. Filing closed April 7.