GOP Readies for Leesburg Election Endorsements

The Loudoun County Republican Committee on Monday established the procedure by which it will consider endorsing candidates in Leesburg’s Nov. 8 municipal elections.

Candidates wishing to seek the endorsement for mayor or one of three council seats will be required to pay a $200 filing fee and sign the party’s loyalty pledge stating they plan to vote for Republican candidates in the election. Those who file will be invited to address the committee at a special meeting, tentatively planned for next month. The committee would then vote Aug. 15 on who to endorse.

Committee Chairman Will Estrada said he had been contacted by mayoral candidate Kevin Wright, council incumbents Tom Dunn and Katie Hammler, and challengers Ken Reid and John Hilton about the endorsement process.

Hilton addressed the committee during Monday’s meeting and Wright was formally elected as a member of the committee. Reid and Dunn also attended the meeting.

Municipal elections in Virginia are non-partisan, so all candidates are considered to be running as independents.