The two candidates on Leesburg’s November special election ballot are wrapping up the final legs of their campaigns in the waning weeks before Election Day, and that includes tallying some final campaign donations.
Both Joshua Thiel and Vanessa Maddox are in their first races for elected public office, and both plan to make another go of it in 2018. They are competing for the final year of Kelly Burk’s unexpired Town Council term. The seat will be on the ballot next November for a full four-year term and Thiel and Maddox have both said, win or lose, they plan to run again.
Maddox has raised $2,746 for her campaign this calendar year, according to the most recent report that was filed for the reporting period ending Sept. 30. Major campaign contributors included Leesburg-based Realtor Laura Walsh; KORE Performance Enterprises, a Maryland-based consulting firm; and Sterling resident Joan Kowalski, the media director of Chantilly-based Bob Ross Inc.
Maddox reported cash on hand of $1,104.63, with no loans.
Thiel raised $5,270 through Sept. 30. Major contributors included Leesburg resident Robert Whitfield; Tom Toth, CEO of Leesburg-based Toth Financial; and Eric DeKenipp, a Leesburg resident who represents the Catoctin District on the School Board. Thiel has also contributed $375 in donations to his campaign, with no loans. He reports cash on hand of $2,300.
The two contenders have picked up key endorsements throughout the election cycle. Thiel has been endorsed by the Loudoun County Republican Committee, while Maddox has received the endorsement of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee. The Town Council is a non-partisan body; however, both political parties have for years endorsed candidates and helped with their campaigns.
With Election Day just two weeks away, Thiel and Maddox will participate in a candidate forum hosted by Loudoun Now at Black Hoof Brewing Company Thursday, Oct. 26. That debate will run from 7 to 8 p.m.