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Fred Howe Resigns from VRE Board

Councilman Fred Howe submitted an email letter of resignation to the Mayor Wednesday morning.

Fred Howe Resigns from VRE Board

Councilmember Fred Howe (Ward 3) resigned as Fredericksburg's Virginia Railway Express (VRE) board member Wednesday morning, over a City Council resolution passed Tuesday evening (attached).

The resoulation notes the council's opposition to HB2152, a bill that would change the voting practices of the VRE Operations Board

In an email to Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, copied to the full council, Howe said, "the vote taken last evening does not represent in my opinion the necessary governance, the ridership and the tax paying citizens of the City and of the Commonwealth or my professional ethics — as an elected official."

The complete letter of resignation is reprinted below:

Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw –

Please accept this email as my resignation as the Fredericksburg board member on the VRE, based on the passing of this attached resolution by City Council last evening.

It is apparent that the Council majority position with the vote taken last evening does not represent in my opinion the necessary governance, the ridership and the tax paying citizens of the City and of the Commonwealth or my professional ethics — as an elected official.

I have enjoyed learning, serving and representing the City of Fredericksburg on the VRE board and I believe I have set the City up for future strategic opportunities.

Respectfully,

Fred
Frederic N. Howe, III

Fredericksburg Patch has contacted Mr. Howe for further comment.

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