Erik Curren has lived in Staunton, Virginia since 2006 where he was elected twice to Staunton City Council and worked in other ways to make Staunton a better place to live.
Serving a total of eight years on city council, Erik was first elected in 2012 and reelected in 2016. During his service on council, Erik established a record of achievement by bringing new ideas to local government and working collaboratively with citizens, community leaders and businesspeople.
Through an independent, nonpartisan approach, Erik was able to get things done to help the City to deliver high quality public services while keeping taxes down and keep Staunton moving forward in education, quality of life, and inclusiveness. Erik’s major accomplishments during his two terms in office include leadership on:
- Bottom-up economic development
- Relief for citizens and businesses during the pandemic
- Racial equity and inclusion
- Environmental sustainability and clean energy
- Historic preservation
- Walking and bicycle friendly improvements
- Local food and farming
Erik spends his workdays with two employers in downtown Staunton. He oversees marketing and public relations for a solar power developer serving schools, hospitals and businesses and also serves as an instructor in marketing at Mary Baldwin University.
The author of four books on subjects including solar power, climate change, and history, for three decades Erik has advocated for sustainability, clean energy and climate solutions.
He’s also a history buff who takes inspiration from multicultural heroes of the American past, from Founding Fathers to abolitionists and civil rights leaders. As a member of a living-history group based in Gettysburg, PA, Erik portrays General Ulysses S. Grant at educational events.
Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, followed by graduate degrees in English at the University of California, Irvine.
Erik lives with his wife Lindsay in the Newtown neighborhood of Staunton. The couple are members of Trinity Episcopal Church. They have two adult daughters, Anwyn and Chloe, and a tuxedo cat with an outgoing personality named Archie.