Elections for Council Members are held every two years. Term of office for the Mayor is two years, and four years for Council Members. Elections for Mayor and Council are held on Election Day, the first Tuesday in November (see Rockingham County Voter Registrar for additional information). The voting precinct for Town of Dayton residents is located in the Assembly Room at the Dayton Municipal Building (Mason Street entrance at the flagpole) for all elections.

Council Members


Mayor: Charles T. Long

Mayor Charles Long is married to his wife, Robin of 26 years. They have two daughters: Blair, who graduated from South Dakota State and now teaches Agriculture @ Stewart Middle ...


Vice Mayor: Jeffrey S. Daly

Vice Mayor Jeff Daly and wife, Maria, have two sons:  Preston and Jacob.  They have lived in Dayton since October 2007.Jeff is the Corporate Financial Services Director at Truck Enterprises, ...


Councilperson: L. Todd Collier

 Todd and Julia Collier have been living in Dayton for the past seven years.  They first came to the Valley with the US Navy in 1990 and have considered Rockingham ...


Councilperson: Laura J. Daily

Councilperson Laura Daily and husband, Rob, have two daughters:  Paige and Charlotte.  Laura grew up in Harrisonburg and moved to Dayton in 2009.  Laura is the Administrative Coordinator at Bridgewater College. ...


Councilperson: Shelley P. Newman

Shelley Newman and her husband, Charlie, have lived in Dayton since 2012. Shelley and Charlie both attended Wilbur Pence Middle School, Turner Ashby High School, and James Madison University. They ...


Councilperson: Tara R. Worthy

Councilperson Tara Worthy and her husband, Adam, have two children: Liam and Hattie. Tara was born in Rockingham County and has lived in the valley for 31 years. She recently ...