Greenlaw Will Focus On Performing Arts Center
Minutes after winning the election, Mary Katherine Greenlaw told the media she wants a performing arts center in Fredericksburg and will focus on trying to make it happen.
Mary Katherine Greenlaw, a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg, said she worked every Saturday with her campaign officials since the beginning of January to win this race.
It paid off today when she earned 51.55-percent of the vote in the Fredericksburg mayoral election. She defeated Fred Howe, who remains on City Council, by almost 500 votes and third place finisher Matt Paxson by almost 1,100 votes. Greenlaw said she received a call from Paxson, who told her he plans to support her during her four-year tenure. She hadn't spoken with Howe by 8 p.m.
"Fred and I talked before the election and i told him 'when it's over it's over,'" Greenlaw said.
Greenlaw said she also believes voters made it clear that the courthouse project planned for Princess Anne Street, with the $35 million in bonds issues, is a done deal. She said while she knocked on doors and campaigned voters told her that the city needs a courthouse and to please move forward with the plan.
But maybe more importantly, Greennlaw said she wants to focus on improving communication with community stakeholders and bringing a performing arts center to Fredericksburg, something her opponent, Paxson, was very passionate about in his campaign. Greenlaw said it's too early to even identify locations for a performing artc center.
Paxson said he will remain active in local politics.
"I plan on spending the next four years supporting Mrs. Greenlaw as our mayor and we'll just see what emerges," Paxson said while at F.W. Sullivans. "I love Fredericksburg and it is home to me and my wife and we are going to do everything we can to serve the city and this isn't the last of Matt Paxson.
"I've met so many wonderful people and I believe my campaign has brought to light many issues—the riverfront, arts and so forth—and I am going to be a part of helping finding solutions," Paxson said.
Developing story...tune in tomorrow to see what Fred Howe and others said about the courthouse project.