LEESBURG — Christina Archer has filed for the Leesburg Town Council position. The vacancy, due to the resignation of Larry Richey, is an at-large seat.
Archer was born in Leesburg but moved to Texas in the 90s to teach high school. After retiring in 2010, she returned to Leesburg and currently lives in the same house she grew up in, a home that has been in her family for over sixty years.
Archer is a member of Leesburg United Methodist Church and the mother of two children, both in their 30s. She said she often attends the Leesburg Town Council meetings, “Because I like to know what’s going on in the town.”
Although this is Archer’s first time running for town council, she is involved in several town activities, including the annual Memorial Day Parade and the Leesburg Candelaria.
The Candelaria event had stopped for a period of time, but once Archer returned to the area she began making arrangements to start it up again. “I have fond memories of the Leesburg Candelaria from my childhood,” said Archer.
With the help of church friends and the 4-H Club, Archer brought the holiday event back to life. Approximately
1,000 lanterns are set out at the event, lighting up the streets of Leesburg.
“I want to be sure that things like the Memorial Day Parade and the Candelaria continue,” said Archer.
She credited town council members for improved street conditions in the town and for taking steps to address the issue of the town hall building not being ADA compliant.
“The town council members have done a great job in managing the town finances,” Archer said.
She expressed interest in finding ways to grow and expand retail businesses in downtown Leesburg. “This town is very special to me,” Archer stated. “There are good things happening and I’d like to see it continue.”
“I’m not running for council because I’m unhappy with the way the current members are doing things,” said Archer. ‘I’m running because I think their efforts have been great and I’d like to see it continue. I’d like more people to know about Leesburg and think ‘Hey this is a pretty nice little town.’”
So far, Archer is the second candidate to file for the open position. Eligible members of the caucus are the Republican Precinct Committeemen in Plain Township 2, who have served continuously from 30 days prior to the date of the caucus.
Interested persons can file his/her declaration of candidacy via mail to Mike Ragan at 1458 E. 75N, Warsaw, IN 46582 or email at [email protected]
The caucus to fill the position will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6. The caucus will be held in the Leesburg Town Council Chambers in the Leesburg Fire Station.