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Four seek Warrenton’s open council seat

Monday, Aug. 11 | By Jonathan Hunley
At least four candidates are in the running for an open seat on the Warrenton Town Council.

When Powell L. Duggan became the municipality's mayor last month, he vacated his Ward 1 council seat.

That triggered a process in which the Town Council appoints someone to fill the spot until July 1, 2016, when Duggan's term was due to end.

Council members asked interested Ward 1 residents to apply for the job, and four have come forward as of Wednesday, Town Manager Ken McLawhon said.

They are Mike Forsten, co-owner of the Old Town Athletic Club; former Del. Jerry Wood; Warrenton Planning Commissioner Ali Zarabi; and Fauquier County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Myers.

Out of the four candidates, Forsten has been the most openly critical of the town's administration. In the days before the elections that unseated longtime council members Roger Martella Jr. and Vice Mayor David Norden, Forsten launched a website called checkthefaqswarrenton.com that seeks answers to questions about the municipality's government. The questions concern subjects such as the operation of the Mosby Museum and the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility, and a lawsuit a land developer filed against the town.

The town council is expected to choose an appointee to fill Duggan's unexpired term at its Tuesday meeting.

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