Leesburg voters will have plenty of options come November, as the race for the mayor’s seat and three Town Council posts has the most competition in years. The race features some familiar faces, as well as some political newcomers.
According to General Registrar Judy Brown, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, five hours before the filing deadline, 10 candidates had fulfilled all the requirements to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.
In the mayor’s race, David Butler is seeking his first full two-year term. Butler was appointed to the mayor’s seat in February after former mayor Kristen Umstattd began her term as Leesburg District supervisor Jan. 1. Vice Mayor Kelly Burk, who served as acting mayor until Butler’s appointment, and former Town Council member Kevin Wright are challenging for the seat. Burk is assured of at least a council seat, as her post is not up for re-election until 2018.
The council field is even more crowded. Incumbents Katie Hammler, seeking a fourth four-year term, and Tom Dunn, seeking a third term, are challenged by Ron Campbell, John Hilton, Gwen Pangle, Evan Macbeth and former Leesburg District Supervisor and Town Council member Ken Reid.
In November, town residents will be asked to select one mayor and three council members.