The Town of Ashland would like to express our sincere gratitude to Councilmember Kathy Abbott for her exemplary service to this community. Ms. Abbott's term on the Town Council will end on December 31st, 2023 and Council's meeting on Tuesday, December 19th will serve as her last regular meeting in that role.
Ms. Abbott was first elected to Town Council in 2016, was re-elected overwhelmingly in 2020 to serve a second term, and has served this community in numerous capacities over the last seven years.
Representing Ashland and the Town Council with grace and the highest levels of advocacy, Ms. Abbott held appointments on a variety of local and regional groups such as the Ashland Theater Foundation, the Downtown Ashland Association, PlanRVA, Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Richmond Region Tourism, and most recently was a driving force behind the creation of the Ashland Public Art Commission.
Prior to serving formally on the Town Council, Ms. Abbott served the community through the Ashland Community Theater Foundation, the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, the Ashland Museum, the Ashland Main Street Association, the Ashland Train Day Committee, the Ashland Musical Variety Show, and countless years involved in various parent-teacher associations.
Ms. Abbott brought a wealth of knowledge to her duties, from being a 20-year resident of Ashland, holding a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, growing up in White Plains, Maryland, and preparing for her time on Town Council by attending the Ashland Citizen’s Academy in 2016. She also leveraged her digital technical acumen to start one of the first (if not the first) local digital newsletter, the “TownHound” and more recently, brought to life the Ashland Railfan, putting Ashland on the international map of train enthusiasts across the globe.
During her tenure, Ms. Abbott’s leadership was highly valued by staff and fellow Town Council members and was always the voice of diplomacy and advocacy. Her ever-present calm strength helped lead the town through the COVID-19 pandemic, she advocated for an inclusive community and the rights of all, and strived to ensure that Ashland could fulfill its potential as a great regional tourist destination.
Thank you, Ms. Abbott, for your outstanding service and contributions. We wish you every success in your future endeavors and will always think of you when we “pay the bills”!