The field of candidates in the Leesburg Town Council race grew again Monday, with council incumbent Katie Sheldon Hammler confirming that she will seek a fourth term in November’s general election.
Hammler said her desire to seek another four-year term stems from her commitment to public service.
“I love serving the residents of Leesburg. It’s been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she said.
First elected in 2004, Hammler staged successful re-election campaigns in 2008 and 2012. She served as the town’s vice mayor from 2008 to 2010, and currently is the vice president of the Virginia Municipal League. She is in line to serve as VML president beginning in 2017, if she is re-elected to her council seat.
In her years serving on the council, Hammler said she is proud of the council’s attention to long-term financial planning and ability to keep taxes low, all while at times managing complex capital projects. She believes it is this council experience, as well as her time spent serving on VML, that makes her an ideal council member.
“If there is one thing I’ve learned in the past 12 years, it’s that individuals on our council make a huge difference, but goals can only be achieved together,” Hammler stated. “As a fiscal conservative, I will continue to be a council member who listens to all citizens, researches the issues, and who works with my fellow councilmembers cooperatively and civilly. We need predictable expenses for essential and efficient town services, and must prioritize necessary projects and funding sources to keep the town progressing moving forward, such as alleviating the gridlock on the Rt. 15 North Bypass. Without additional financial burdens, we can spend more time with our families and less in traffic, to enjoy our wonderful hometown.”
A former captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Hammler works for Telos Corporation as its cyber security and information assurance Xacta product manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a master’s degree in information systems management from The George Washington University. A 22-year town resident, Hammler and her husband, Rich, have two children.
Hammler has not yet set a date for a campaign kickoff. For more information about Hammler and her campaign, go to katiehammler.com.