Macbeth Kicks Off Council Campaign

A longtime campaign volunteer and organizer has launched his own campaign for political office.

Evan Macbeth kicked off his Leesburg Town Council campaign Sunday afternoon. He is running for one of three council seats up for grabs in November’s general elections. Although he has been a longtime campaigner for many local races, and a former chairman of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, Macbeth is not a newcomer to running for office. He ran for county treasurer last fall, challenging five-term incumbent H. Roger Zurn Jr. Most recently, Macbeth organized the Educate Don’t Segregate activist group opposing the Loudoun County School Board’s proposal to assign a large percentage of the town’s low-income and English Language Learner elementary students to two schools.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters at the pavilion behind Rust Library, Macbeth said his family is the reason he is throwing his hat into the ring after years of helping others get elected to political office.

“This is why,” he said, nodding to his children, Natalie and Henry, who flanked him during his kickoff speech.

He said he wanted to make sure that Leesburg continues to be a place where children can grow and spend the rest of their lives – going to school, working here, settling down with their own families and retiring.

“That is what it means to have a hometown,” he said.

Several local politicians came out in support of Macbeth for his kickoff. Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Leesburg Vice Mayor Kelly Burk and Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) all offered remarks in support of Macbeth. Leesburg Mayor David Butler, School Board member Tom Marshall (Leesburg) and fellow council candidate Gwen Pangle were also in attendance.

Wexton said she was “so impressed by the amazing energy and depth of knowledge” Macbeth brings to his endeavors. She encouraged those in attendance to support his campaign for office, as he has done for so many others.

“Now that he’s finally decided to take the plunge I couldn’t be happier. It’s time for us to do for him what he did for us,” she said.

Macbeth is the latest challenger to announce a council campaign, joining Ron Campbell, John Hilton and Pangle. They are running for the seats currently held by council members Katie Hammler, Tom Dunn and Bruce Gemmill. While Gemmill recently announced he will not seek re-election, Hammler and Dunn have stayed mum on their plans.

krodriguez@loudounnow.com