Putting to rest months of speculation, Leesburg Mayor David Butler confirmed it will be a three-way race for the seat in November.
Butler announced his intention to seek election to his seat during a conference call with reporters Monday evening. He was appointed mayor in February to fill the remainder of Kristen Umstattd’s term, which expires Dec. 31. Umstattd was elected as the Leesburg District representative on the county Board of Supervisors this past November.
Butler was first elected to the Town Council in 2008, and was re-elected to a second four-year council term in 2012. Had he not been appointed mayor, his council term also would have been up at year’s end.
An Oswego, NY, native, Butler and his family have been Leesburg residents for 14 years.
Butler’s entry into the race makes the mayoral race in Leesburg more crowded than it has been in years. Vice Mayor Kelly Burk and former Town Council member Kevin Wright have already announced their candidacies and held their campaign kick-offs. Butler has not yet finalized plans for his kick-off.
The Town Council race, on the other hand, has not been nearly as action-packed as the mayor’s race. Ron Campbell, whose kickoff is set for this weekend, has announced his candidacy, while the council incumbents—Tom Dunn, Katie Hammler and Bruce Gemmill —have stayed mum on their plans. Gemmill, who was appointed to fill the remainder of Butler’s term, did state in his expression of interest to fill the council vacancy that he did not plan to run in November’s elections.