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VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman died Sunday after a year long battle with stage 4 lung cancer. She was first elected as mayor in 2000. Voters returned her office for seven more terms.

Town Spokesperson Kirstyn Barr said the Mayor will be remembered for her years of dedicated service to the citizens of Vienna. "She was so committed to making this community the vibrant community that we all know and love and I think that was one of her greatest aspects that she was so dedicated," she said.

Mayor Seeman has been a resident of Vienna since 1968. Before being appointed Mayor, she served on the council since 1996. Her late husband served on the town council for a decade before his death 17 years ago.

The Vienna town council has 45 days to appoint someone from the council or the community to finish out the term which ends June 30th. In the meantime, Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki will take over operations at Town Hall.

Statement from Congressman Gerry Connolly on the passing of Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman

"Jane Seeman was a partner in local government and a gracious presence in Northern Virginia. I counted Jane as a friend. Her passing creates a void in the Town of Vienna that will be difficult to fill. Her presence will be missed."