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Former Town Attorney to Fill Vacancy on Herndon Town Council

The Herndon Town Council will fill a vacancy created by the death of Councilmember Jeff Davidson in April.

At a public hearing on Tuesday (July 10), the council will vote to appoint Richard Kaufman as the new council member.

Kaufman previously served as the town attorney from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. He advised the council on legislative issues, leases, franchise agreements and contracts.

The following information about Kaufman was provided by the Town of Herndon:

His legal counsel on topics ranging from town boundaries to economic development was invaluable to the Town Councils under which he served, and he earned tremendous respect throughout his career from his legal peers throughout the Commonwealth. He was active in several organizations, including the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. and the Virginia Municipal League.

Kaufman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College, a Master’s of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University.

If appointed, Kaufman’s term will begin on July 11 and conclude at the end of the year. A new Town Council is set to take office next year.

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Candidate List Released Ahead of Herndon Town Elections in November

The roster of candidates vying for Herndon Town Council and Town Mayor has been released ahead of elections on November 6.

Lisa Merkel, the town’s current mayor, is running for reelection. No other candidates are running.

Five incumbents are running for six seats on the Town Council for one-year terms. Those candidates are Jennifer Baker, Grace Cunningham, Signe Friedrichs, William McKenna and Sheila Olem.

In the race, five newcomers are hoping to challenge incumbents for their seats: Cesar Del Aguila, Pradip Dhakal, W.J. Kenis, Jr., Joseph Plummer and Roland Taylor.

Town residents must register to vote by 5 p.m. on October 16. Applications must be mailed to the General Registrar (12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323). Online applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m.

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