Leesburg Town Councilwoman Suzanne Fox has a new title—vice mayor.
Fox received a majority of support to be appointed to the post Tuesday night. She was nominated by Councilman Ron Campbell, who said he believed Fox had the knowledge and people skills to do well at the position.
“I believe [she] has the political know-how, has a desire to build these bridges and use political capital not in her own self-interest but in the interest of the town and the betterment of it,” Campbell said.
He also said he believed Fox will be “willing to form coalitions and partnerships” and will not be influenced by politics.
Fox said she felt “humbled” by the nomination, as well as Campbell’s words.
“I do feel it was important for the town to see good, strong bipartisan leadership in this town,” she said. “I think it will send a great message.”
Fox has served on the council since 2015. She is the council’s representative to the Virginia Municipal League’s Finance Committee and served on Loudoun County’s Court House Grounds and Facilities Committee until it was disbanded by the Board of Supervisors this month. Professionally, Fox is the owner of Legacy Weddings, a wedding planning/coordinating business, and is a civil celebrant in Virginia. In addition, she and her husband, Bill, own and operate Weddings on Wirt Street, a wedding venue in downtown Leesburg. Fox and her family have been Leesburg residents since 2003.
The motion to appoint Fox to the vice mayor’s post passed on a 4-3 vote, with Mayor Kelly Burk, and council members Tom Dunn and Marty Martinez dissenting. Dunn, nominated by Councilman Ken Reid, and Martinez, nominated by Burk, were also nominated to the vice mayor post. The motion to appoint Dunn failed on a 2-5 vote, with the support of Dunn and Reid. Since the motion to appoint Fox was taken up before Martinez’s nomination, there was no formal vote on his appointment.