Christopher Brown, a Dumfries resident and a certified public accountant in Springfield, became the first Town Council member to be elected by the Dumfries Town Council.
Brown, who was sworn in at the August meeting, replaces Mickey Willard, who resigned in July to study for the ministry.
Brown was the highest vote-getter among the losing candidates in the council elections last May.
Although Dumfries traditionally has filled unexpired terms by appointing the losing candidate who had received the most votes, the council decided this time to hold an election in executive session to choose among the three persons who had indicated an interest in the position.
While not saying whether the vote was unanimous, Vice Mayor Marjorie Davis said that Brown's ongoing interest in town affairs was a factor in the choice. He has served on the planning commission and has been active in other roles, she said.
"He just happened to be the one with the most votes at the polls who lost last time," Davis said. "That actually had nothing to do with our vote."
Historic Dumfries, Va. Inc. will hold its combination country fair and art show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Weems-Botts Museum in Merchant Park.
Festivities will include a pet show for pupils in kindergarten through fifth grade, a flower show, entertainment by the Manassas Troubadours, a western band from the Dumfries-Triangle area and a canned foods competition.
Entries for judging must be on the grounds by 9:30 a.m. on fair day. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. For table reservations, call 221-3345 or 221-7767. All proceeds from the fair will benefit the Weems-Botts Museum.