The Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery is still weeks from being open to the public, but it was packed on Sunday as Gwen Pangle used the venue to kick off her Town Council campaign.
Pangle was surrounded by family members, real estate industry colleagues and incumbent elected representatives as she formally launched her first run for public office.
She highlighted her experiences in leadership posts—ranging from Girls Scouts, to nursing to real estate—as giving her the tools to help lead the town.
“Every aspect of my life has called me to a higher standard and this is no different,” Pangle said. “I’m a problem solver. I’m a consensus builder. And I believe that together we are better for Leesburg.”
A 20-year Leesburg resident, she is the owner of Pangle & Associates real estate firm. She serves as the chairwoman of both the Leesburg Downtown Business Association and the Leesburg Economic Development Commission and on the board of the Friends of Leesburg Public Art and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Among the elected representatives attending Pangle’s campaign event were Mayor David Butler, Council members Kelly Burke and Marty Martinez, County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg).
Dog Money, a craft brewery and restaurant led by Pangle’s son-in-law, is located in the space that formerly operated as Thoroughbred’s Grill and Brewing and Vintage 50, at 50 Catoctin Circle. Previews of master brewer Dean Lake’s recipes were on tap for the event. The restaurant is hiring its staff and plans a July opening.