Leesburg Council Selection: And Now There Are 5

Last week, the Leesburg Town Council announced it would  hear from four candidates seeking appointment to the vacant seat during tonight’s meeting. This morning, a fifth choice was added to the roster.

Josh Thiel will join Jed Babbin, Rusty Foster, Hugh Forsythe and Gwen Pangle in making presentations to the council in hopes of serving in Mayor Kelly Burk’s former council seat until a special election is held.

The town this morning offered this explanation. “Over the weekend, Council members recognized that there was a miscommunication that had occurred with the scoring system used to rank all interested candidates. As a result, Mr. Thiel accepted an invitation to join the group of finalist candidates to make a presentation to Council.”

Tonight’s meeting begins at 5 p.m. Each of the five finalists will make a presentation addressing three questions: Why are you interested in filling the vacant seat on Town Council? What unique skills or experience do you offer? What are the top three priorities you think Council should be focused on over the next two years?

The council may select its appointee tonight. It also is expected to set the date of the special election.