Editor: Two members of the Leesburg Town Council have decided to call a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of selecting an interim mayor and possibly an interim council member. The inability of this current council to select an interim mayor has been on full display and the public comment has not been favorable. This special meeting has been called with limited notice to the public and with no opportunity for public comment or review applicants in an open process.
What we are seeing is the total disregard of citizen involvement and a blatant example of why so many distrust the integrity and actions of this current council.
The impasse among the current council members in trying to select an interim mayor is based solely on political aspirations and personal issues. We the citizens of the town of Leesburg deserve better.
The fate of the proper administration of the largest town in the Commonwealth of Virginia is now left to this same group to find some political resolution without any consideration as to what is best for the citizens of Leesburg.
I have been told that the actions of the council to have this closed process with limited notice to the public is within the legal parameters of the commonwealth and we have no recourse but to accept whatever decisions are made. What we can do, is take action in the court of public appeal.
The time is now to gather your friends and neighbors to attend the special meeting on Monday and have your voice heard and witness for yourself the actions of this council. This not a protest but a learning experience to make sure that you always vote responsibly and never take any election for granted. Every election counts, every year. There is no such thing as an off year election.
This special meeting and the potential negative outcomes by the Town Council to fairly and openly select an interim Mayor cannot help move our Town forward. The issues important to the citizens of Leesburg will not be on display but the special interests of a select few will be in full view.
Later this month, I will start collecting signatures to run for one of the open seats on the Town Council. It is time to change how we communicate with all in our community. It is time to develop positive ways for citizen engagement on a regular basis and not just when there is a problem. It is time to consider changing the political nature of our non-partisan Town Council and become what we say we are. Partisanship has no place when it comes to the best interests of all the citizens, businesses, schools, churches, employees and visitors of Leesburg. We are one Town with many communities that depend upon seven citizens we elect to do their best for us.
Sadly, this is not the case.
Have your voice heard on Monday and make sure you vote in November.
Ron Campbell, Leesburg