Chilhowie special election

Tammy Doane and Lewis Shortt Jr.

A sitting council member and a former member have filed to run for an unexpired term on the Chilhowie Town Council.

The seat was left vacant in November 2018 by the death of Charlie Doane. He was re-elected in May 2018 for another four-year term, but lost a battle with cancer. His wife, Tammy, offered to serve in his place so the council appointed her until a special election is held in March.

Tammy Doane and former council member Lewis W. Shortt Jr. have filed to run for the unexpired term that ends in June 2022.

The special election will be held in Chilhowie on Tuesday, March 5.

When asked how they hope to serve the town as a council member, Doane said, “It would be a privilege to serve the town I have called home for the last 37 years as a member of its town council.  It is my hope to work alongside our current council members for the betterment of our town and to honor my late husband Charlie's commitment and dedication to Chilhowie.” 

“If I am blessed to continue to serve, my goal is to help continue the tremendous revitalization of our town and to develop beautification projects,” Doane said. “I believe the main focus of our town government should be on spurring economic development and opportunity by attracting new businesses to Chilhowie while also working to improve recreation and promoting tourism. I will diligently work for the town of Chilhowie and serve the people of this town.” 

Doane is part owner of Chilhowie Drug Company and a retired educator having served Smyth County students for 33 years.

Shortt, a resident of Chilhowie since 1953, served on the town council from 2002 to 2014.

“During that time, I served as vice-mayor and on many committees, including Water and Sewer, Public Works, Tourism, and others,” he said. “We worked with Virginia Department of Transportation to secure funding for the H.L. Bonham Walking Trail, the Department of Environmental Quality for funding at the wastewater treatment plant, upgrading the water system to fix leaks and replace lines, the farmers’ market, and many other projects.”

“I look forward to the completion of many of these projects and to see the farmers’ market built and in use.”

Shortt has been the owner of Lew’s Auto Sales and Service in Chilhowie since 1972.

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