Forsythe Won’t Run in Leesburg Council Election

Councilman Hugh Forsythe announced Tuesday that he will not seek election in November to retain the seat to which he was appointed in January.

The retired U.S. Air Force general was selected from among five applicants to fill the seat held by Kelly Burk until she was elected mayor last November.

In announcing he would not run, Forsythe endorsed Joshua Thiel, who began campaigning for the seat in March. Thiel, 27, was a college football kicker and Forsythe said he was confident Thill would “kick it through the uprights” as a town councilman.

Forysthe said his five months on the council had been “educational” and he commended Town Manager Kaj Dentler and the town staff for their work. He also said he enjoyed working with Burk, while acknowledging that he did not support her in last year’s election. He also pledged to stay involved in town activities, including participation in the town economic development committee first proposed by Councilman Ron Campbell.

Campbell thanked Forsythe for his integrity and willingness to serve the town.

Forsythe’s work is far from over, however. He will continue to serve until Dec. 31 when the candidate elected in November will take over until the end of 2018.

5 thoughts on “Forsythe Won’t Run in Leesburg Council Election

  • 2017-05-24 at 7:38 am
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    The first smart thing this guy has ever said “I leaving”. But with his endorsement Josh Thiel has now lost. This Forsyth may have served his country but has been of zero service to the Town as a Councilman. Half the time he can’t keep track of what is being voted on then the other half the time he asks “what did we just vote on”. Don’t do us any favors by getting involved.

  • 2017-05-24 at 11:08 am
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    GoodOleLoudoun – You are something else and what you said about someone who you don’t even know is very low of you.. First of all.. it’s FORSYTHE with an E.. if you are going to talk bad about someone.. at least make sure you are spelling their name correctly. Also – it seems like you spend a lot of time talking crap about the town council and who is on it and what they are doing.. So my question is.. Why don’t you run for town council?? Or maybe you are already on it and are just a bitter betty because no one ever agrees or votes on with anything you have to say?!?!?!? Forsythe getting off the council is by far the smartest move he could have make.. especially with two certain people on it who don’t care about the progression of the town just themselves.

  • 2017-05-25 at 6:09 am
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    I will agree with one thing SFM said that Campbell and Martinez only care about themselves. And SFM you may be a champion speller but your use of the Queen’s English is lacking when you said ” Forsythe getting off the council is by far the smartest move he could have make”. Should read: could have made or could make. And your use of “votes on with anything…” is incorrect. Lastly, if getting off Council is the smartest move Forsyth with an E “could have make” then have him do it now.

  • 2017-05-25 at 10:15 am
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    Bahahaha.. You’re a trip GoodOleLoduoun! Thanks for making me laugh on this Thursday morning and for the English lesson.. really appreciate that 😉 Also.. I most definitely didn’t mean Campbell or Martinez.. not even close.. they’re very good men! But thanks for trying to put words in my mouth! You’re a real winner! I’m going to end with this – Remember, those that try to destroy your happiness, do so out of jealousy, they are unhappy with their own miserable lives. — So you have fun trying to bring everyone else down! Smooches!!!!

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