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Reece Runs for Mayor of Herndon

Steve Fehr

Herndon Town Council member Harlon Reece, who says he is disturbed by the tone of the debate over illegal immigration in the western Fairfax community, has announced that he will run for mayor this spring.

Reece, 70, a member of the council since 2000, has been a largely dissenting voice on a council that has passed, and attempted to pass, a series of measures to make the town less hospitable to illegal immigrants. The incumbent, Stephen J. DeBenedittis, who has not announced his plans, was elected in 2006 on a wave of popular anger about the town's sponsorship of a workers center. The town closed the center in September.

"I feel like I have been drafted," said Reece, a retired Marine Corps officer and businessman, in a statement. "A number of Herndon residents have asked me to run for mayor, because they believe I have the leadership qualities that will help bring our divided community back together. I have been troubled for some time about the tone of our dialogue, as we have struggled with the controversial and difficult issues surrounding the impact of illegal immigration on our town. We can do better and we must do better if we truly value our quality of life and sense of community."

Town elections are May 6.

By Steve Fehr  |  January 12, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Local  
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