Leesburg Council Filing Deadline Now in August

Those considering a run for November’s special election for a Leesburg Town Council seat now have more time to mull their next move.

A press release sent out by Leesburg Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett Thursday indicates that the filing deadline to run for seat is 7 p.m. Aug. 18. It had previously been thought to be 7 p.m. June 13, which is the filing deadline for all other races on the Nov. 7 ballot. Arnett pointed to the recent candidate bulletin issued by the Virginia Department of Elections pointing to a state code provision that sets the filing deadline for a special election held at the same time as a November general election as 81 days prior to the election, spelling the Aug. 18 deadline, she said.

The seat up for grabs in November was held by Kelly Burk until she was elected mayor last year. Hugh Forsythe was appointed to the seat until an election is held. The winner in November will serve until Dec. 31, 2018.

Forsythe has not yet announced whether he intends to run for the seat. So far only Josh Thiel, a member of the town’s Economic Development Commission, has announced his candidacy.

For those thinking of entering the race, eligible candidates must be qualified to vote in the office sought; must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election; and must be a resident of the Town of Leesburg at the time of filing. Candidates must submit a certificate of candidate qualification, a declaration of candidacy, and a petition of qualified voters with at least 125 signatures. More information can be found at elections.virginia.gov/candidatepac-info.

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