Leesburg Town Council hopeful John Hilton kicked off his campaign Wednesday night, surrounded by friends and supporters.
Hilton’s kickoff was held at a Cornwall Street home, and supporters included a slew of local and state officials. Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens, Commissioner of Revenue Robert Wertz, Sheriff Michael Chapman, Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman, Sen. Dick Black (R-33), Town Council members Tom Dunn and Suzanne Fox, and fellow running mates Kevin Wright and Ken Reid were among the supporters that turned out.
Hilton said his three main priorities, which form the core of the themes for his campaign, are enhancing public safety in the town; promoting better cooperation between the town and Loudoun County; and bringing forth appropriate land development for Leesburg.
He said he was pleased to have so many county officials supporting his campaign.
“We need cooperation and harmony between the town and Loudoun County. There’s no room for that dysfunctional relationship,” Hilton said.
On the item of land use, which Hilton said “bleeds into everything we do,” he said, if elected, he is “willing to work with anyone who takes a balanced approach” to development. He said it is imperative that any type of development “preserve the character of the town” and would like to see more commercial development to lessen the burden on the residential tax base.
Hilton is one of seven candidates running for three Town Council seats. He is joined in the race by incumbents Dunn and Katie Sheldon Hammler, and fellow challengers Reid, Gwen Pangle, Evan Macbeth, and Ron Campbell.