Gil­roy an­nounces run for La Plata mayor

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

The may­oral elec­tion will be held in the Town of La Plata this May, and Coun­cil­man Lynn D. Gil­roy feels that he is the right per­son for the job. Gil­roy an­nounced his may­oral can­di­dacy on Nov. 22 and said he is ea­ger to gain vic­tory and run the town as mayor.

Gil­roy be­lieves he can help make the town a bet­ter place to live and work. He said Mayor Roy G. Hale, who an­nounced he does not in­tend to seek re-elec­tion, and other mem­bers of the town coun­cil have been on the front­line with some of the town’s is­sues and re­main per­sis­tent when it comes to gov­ern­ing the town.

“The Town of La Plata is a great place to live, work and play. We have kept taxes low, ser­vice as a pri- or­ity and striv­ing to make im­prove­ments each day,” Gil­roy said.

He and his wife, Jan- ice, live in the town as do their five kids and nine grand­chil­dren. Gil­roy has served on the town coun­cil since 2013 and is also serv­ing on the Parks and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion as a coun­cil rep­re­senta- tive.

Gil­roy said he has more than 50 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice with fire and emer­gency ser­vices and has been with the La Pla- ta Vol­un­teer Fire De­part- ment for the last 25 years.

“I’ve been in fire and EMS for over 50 years. I have even helped plan and build the cur­rent La Plata fire sta­tion. I bring a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence as far as or­ga­ni­za­tion to my can­di­dacy. Dur­ing the last three years I’ve at­tended many Mary­land Mu­nic- ipal League con­fer­ences and have been speak­ing to folks all over the state who have a wealth of knowl­edge,” Gil­roy said.

Since 1999, Gil­roy has been in­volved in the Mary­land Fire-Res­cue Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Com- mis­sion that is ap­pointed by the gov­er­nor and ap- proved by the state sen- ate. He cur­rently serves as vice chair­man of that com­mis­sion and is a fire and res­cue in­struc­tor at the Mary­land Fire and Res­cue In­sti­tute, Univer­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park. He also serves as trea­surer and mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment.

Gil­roy at­tended Sur- rattsville High School and then at­tended North­ern Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Univer­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park, tak­ing Na­tional Fire Academy classes through­out his col­lege ca­reer.

“A lot of peo­ple I spoke with know me and know my his­tory. I think I can bring to the Town of La Plata the sta­bil­ity, fi­nan­cial where­withal to keep our taxes low, wa­ter and sewer rates un­der con­trol, and I think I can bring com­mon sense to the Town of La Plata,” Gil­roy said.

He said, “[The town coun­cil] just fin­ished a town sur­vey and most of the peo­ple in the town are happy with how it is run. They feel safe in their homes, they are happy with the ser­vice they get and if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Gil­roy said his goal is to form a coun­cil that will be good stew­ards of the cit­i­zens’ money and use those funds in a pro­fes- sional way.

Gil­roy ac­knowl­edged that some of his chal­leng- es will in­clude mak­ing La Plata more of a walk­a­ble com­mu­nity, which he does hope to ac­com­plish as mayor. He also said he un­der­stands it is im­por­tant to see busi­nesses thrive in the com­mu­nity.

“I am an open per­son who is will­ing to lis­ten, and try to act on things that need to be taken care of,” he said.

Gil­roy said he wants to part­ner with res­i­dents to make nec­es­sary changes in the com­mu­nity. He also looks for­ward to up­dat­ing the town’s com­pre­hen­sive plan and mak­ing sure that many of the town’s an­nex­a­tions are brought to fruition.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to vic­tory and con­tin­u­ing my ded­i­cated ser­vice to the Town of La Plata,” Gil­roy said.


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