Manassas Mayor Marvin L. Gillum (R) and Vice Mayor Harry J. "Hal" Parrish III (R) announced yesterday their plans to seek reelection in November. The two, who are endorsed by the Republican Party, are currently running unchallenged.

Gillum, 75, said that he wants to continue serving the city and that he's "enthusiastic about running again."

"There are many projects that were started while we've been in office, and we'd like to see them to their completion," Gillum said.

Parrish was appointed vice mayor in August, after the resignation of John P. Grzejka (R), who stepped down in June to become revenue commissioner. Parrish echoed Gillum's comments, adding that as a Manassas native, his first priority is serving his city and helping with completion of numerous ambitious projects.

Such projects include the revitalization of Old Town, the renovation of the old Hopkins Candy Factory, the building of the Loy E. Harris Pavillion and the development of Smitherwood.

"This is an exciting time for our city, and we look forward to serving another term," Parrish said.

Parrish and Gillum are the first council members to announce their reelection bids. The council seats of Ulysses X. White (R) and Eugene R. Rainville (R) are also up for election this year. Neither has yet announced his plans.