Just days shy of his 50th birthday, Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell announced Tuesday afternoon his intentions to seek election to a second term.
“The citizens of the Town of Pulaski have allowed me the honor and privilege to serve as their mayor the past two years, and I would like to continue this work,” Worrell said. “I have served as mayor during the worst economic downturn in recent history. I would very much like to serve as mayor during a time of economic recovery.”
He said he thinks the town has been “better able to weather the current economic storm” than some neighboring communities thanks to Pulaski’s Town Council and staff being “fiscally conservative over the years.
“The storm is certainly not over, but by working together I am confident we can meet whatever challenges lay ahead,” he said.
However, he said all of the news isn’t “grim.”
He pointed out a number of projects are already underway in the town.
“Our beautiful, historic train station, destroyed by fire in 2008, is being rebuilt, and should be completed later this year; and work should begin soon on the new Raymond F. Ratcliffe Transportation Museum.”
While not completely finished, he pointed out “the beautifully renovated Pulaski Theatre is open for business and doing well.”
Plus, the Fine Arts Center’s “Rutherford Building” project will soon become a reality.
“And it is only 115 days until the first baseball game of the season at Historic Calfee Park!” he added.
Worrell lives on Greenbrier Avenue with his wife, Marcie. He served on town council for 10 years before being elected mayor in May 2008, and is a past chairman of the town’s finance, safety and utilities committees.
His other community involvement includes membership in Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, where he is a past chair of the organization’s Commerce Quality of Life Committee. He also served on Virginia’s First Regional Industrial Facility Authority from 2004-2008; is on the board of directors of Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority.
He received an Associate in Applied Science degree in electrical technology from New River Community College in June 1980. He is a 30-year senior engineering technician for Appalachian Power Company.
In addition to Worrell’s two-year term expiring in 2010, the four-year council terms of Larry Clevinger, David Clark and H. M. Kidd also will expire. Kidd’s first term was only two years since he completed Worrell’s unexpired term on council.
As of Wednesday morning, Worrell was the only candidate to file for the May 4 town election. The deadline for filing is March 2 at 7 p.m.