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Spring Hope newcomer to run for mayor

Posted on June 12, 2021

Updated on June 13, 2021

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Pritchard

Pritchard

SPRING HOPE — A new resident who made a splash about recent water woes during last week’s town board meeting has decided to run for mayor.

Kyle Pritchard, 36, said many people have urged him to throw his hat in the ring, and he made the decision after discussing the possibility with his wife, Danielle.

The Pritchards have a 1-year-old daughter.

“She’s my passion and drive to help this town tap into its full potential,” Pritchard said.

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The owner of East Coast Insurance, Pritchard moved to Spring Hope in November. His wife is a third-generation town resident.

“The office of mayor has a lot of responsibility,” Pritchard said. “I take it seriously.”

Pritchard has already developed a platform, with infrastructure at the top of his list. The town has experienced four water line breaks in the past month, forcing residents to go without water for three days in mid-May.

Pritchard said he wants to work on improvements to other infrastructure like roads and sidewalks.

Also on Pritchard’s agenda are:

• Transparency.

• Open town hall-style meetings.

• Downtown revitalization.

• Forging strong relationships with elected officials at the county and state levels.

• Routing tractor-trailers around Spring Hope.

• Bringing new events to town.

• Energizing the Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups.

• Cleaning the town and maintaining its charm.

• Establishing support programs for the elderly.

Pritchard said he would spend time at town hall doing the work.

“I would help Jae (Kim),” Pritchard said.

Kim is the town’s manager of five years.

“I could work on getting funds for infrastructure,” Pritchard said. “Getting programs like rails-to-trails to make the abandoned railroads walking trails. Reach out to investors to renovate and put businesses back in abandoned buildings. Work with state-level elected officials to keep our town on their radar every time funding comes up. Not make the town something different, just renovate and revitalize it. Breathe life back into it. I’m fortunate to have a flexible enough schedule (where) I could do that. Jae needs help, not someone to add something to his plate.”

Filing for this year’s municipal elections is scheduled to begin in July. The election is Nov. 2.

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