This Time Around, Election Offers Choices for Most Town Voters

The course of five western Loudoun town governments will be set by voters Tuesday. For many, this campaign season has been the most competitive in decades.

In total, nearly 8,500 people are eligible to vote in those contests.

There will definitely be two new mayors starting July 1. Middleburg’s Betsy Davis—Loudoun’s longest tenured mayor—is retiring. In Lovettsville, Robert Zoldos II also is stepping aside in hopes of making time for new career opportunities. Both were first elected as town council members in 1998 and they have a combined 38 years of service.

Those two towns also have unusual elections this year with contested mayoral races. Three candidates are vying for the Middleburg mayoral seat and two in Lovettsville. Davis never faced an opponent in her six mayoral bids and Lovettsville’s last contested mayoral races was in 2010.

It is also virtually certain that two town mayors will be re-elected. Hamilton’s David Simpson is unopposed in his run for a third four-year term. In Round Hill, Scott Ramsey is alone on the ballot in a bid for a fifth two-year term.

In Purcellville, there may or may not be turnover at the top. Incumbent Kwasi Fraser is running for a third two-year term. He is challenged by life-long town resident Chris Thompson, making his first bid for public office. In his prior two campaigns, Fraser won by wide margins in races against incumbent council members. But the past year has been anything but typical in the Town Hall, with the council pushing the town’s longtime town manager into retirement, hiring and then firing his replacement, and then recruiting a new manager from Ohio, while also putting the town police chief and town attorney on paid administrative leave for months amid misconduct allegations that were later called into question or ruled unfounded.

Regardless of the outcome of the mayor’s race, there will be new faces on Purcellville’s Town Council after incumbents Kelli Grim and Karen Jimmerson resigned ahead of the election, saying they were moving out of town, and Doug McCollum decided not to seek re-election. Ted Greenly, who was appointed to a vacated seat in November, is making his first run for elected office, along with fellow political newcomers Joel Grewe, Tip Stinnette and Steve Warfield. The top three vote-getters will take their seats on July 1.

Purcellville, with 5,757 registered voters this year, typically has the highest participation rate in the spring elections. In 2016, voter turnout was 29 percent, up from 27 percent two years earlier.

Hamilton has the smallest number of voters at 419. There, residents will find familiar faces on the ballot, with three incumbent council members joining Simpson in uncontested races.

Round Hill has 513 registered voters, but typically only sees around 50 of them at the polls on Election Day. Round Hill has the fewest number of candidates—two names on are the ballot for four seats. Two council seats will be decided by write-in ballots.

Lovettsville actually has three elections. Kris Consaul and Councilman Nate Fontaine are running for mayor. Six residents—all non-incumbents—are running for three Town Council seats. Appointed incumbent Mike Dunlap is running uncontested in a special election to finish the final two years of an unexpired term.

Middleburg residents have the most choice, with three candidates—including two incumbent councilmen—running for mayor and seven candidates—including three incumbents—running for four council seats.


Voters in Hamilton, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville and Round Hill will elect mayors and town council members on Tuesday, May 1. Voting begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Voters will cast ballots at their regular polling location—with the exception of Purcellville, where all votes will be made at Emerick Elementary School.

Hamilton

The Town of Hamilton in the coming weeks is poised to begin a storm water management project on the west end of town that will add in a drainage system to redirect storm water to a natural stream bed, as opposed to flooding Business Rt. 7.

The town is also looking to start a few pedestrian safety improvements by September that will see the construction of several new and wider sidewalk segments, along with pedestrian crossings and handicap ramps to Colonial Highway’s intersections at Laycock Street, Saint Paul Street and Elementary Drive.

Mayor (Vote for One)

Dave Simpson

David Simpson, incumbent

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired, former 14-year Purcellville Police Chief with more than 35 years in Loudoun County law enforcement

Experience: two-term mayor, four-year Town Council member, volunteers for home-delivered meals

Town Council (Vote for Three)

Graig Green

Craig Green, incumbent

Age: 53

Occupation: Manages Data Center Operations for Rabbit, Inc.

Experience: 18-year Town Council member, focus to improve quality of life issues like sidewalks and park

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones, incumbent

Age: 49

Occupation: Accountant

Experience: Town Council member since 2016, volunteered at an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Leesburg for past 10 years, volunteer work at area schools

Micheal Snyder

Michael Snyder, incumbent

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired lawyer

Experience: Town Council member since 1986, chairman of water and sewer subcommittee, former clerk of Goose Creek Friends Meeting


Lovettsville

This election season catches the Town of Lovettsville in its most noticeable phase of growth to date. The town is continuing with Broad Way improvements and may expand its 1,350-square-foot town offices. Town Council members and staff are working to implement a Town Square master plan, which will build a community park in the middle of town and eventually see more commercial development in the square.

A key area of discussion among town leaders and residents revolves around the idea to annex the 15.38-acre fire station property just south of the town limits. If the town follows through with this, it could open the door to many more of the same kinds of requests.

Talks of development and annexation are sensitive issues among residents right now, as many are looking for answers as to how Lovettsville will retain its small-town feel.

Mayor (Vote for One)

Kris Consaul

Kris Consaul

Age: 53

Occupation: Keller Williams Realtor

Experience: 22-year resident, business experience as owner of Red Truck Carpentry and manager of Shamrock Music Shoppe

 

Nate Fontaine

Nate Fontaine

Age: 35

Occupation: Chief of the Security Assurance Branch for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Experience: Town Council member since August 2017, Planning Commission vice chairman from 2015-2017 (when it won the American Planning Association’s Virginia Chapter’s 2017 Dogwood Award), founder of the Planning Commission Coalition of Loudoun Towns

Town Council (Vote for Three)

Renee Edmonston

Renee Edmonston

Age: 49

Occupation: Visual fine arts teacher at Loudoun Country Day School

Experience: 11-year town resident, certified Notary Public, Kingsridge HOA board member from 2015-18, volunteer at Loudoun Country Day School, Lovettsville Elementary and Montverde Academy

Nick Hayward

Nick Hayward

Age: 32

Occupation: Principal systems and solutions architect at TeraLogics

Experience: Lovettsville American Legion Post historian, Mayfest 2016 committee member, town event setup and takedown volunteer

Chris Hornbaker

Chris Hornbaker

Age: 35

Occupation: Information Security Manager at Freddie Mac

Experience: Planning commission vice chairman, president of the Lovettsville Town Center HOA, on the Lovettsville Oktoberfest Setup Crew from 2014-2017

Will Hyde

Will Hyde

Age: 54

Occupation: Librarian and project manager at the Insignia Federal Group

Experience: Former Planning Commission chairman

Meredith Kopp

Meredith Kopp

Age: 43

Occupation: Barn Manager at Willowin Farms

Experience: Volunteered at the Lovettsville Elementary School’s silent auction, Mayfest and Oktoberfest

Matthew Schilling

Matthew Schilling

Age: 34

Occupation: IT manager for Sutherland Government Solutions

Experience: Helps set up town events like Oktoberfest and Berserkle on the Squirkle, volunteer work with the Cub Scouts in town

Town Council – Special Election (Vote for One)

Michael Dunlap

Mike Dunlap, incumbent

Age: 39

Occupation: Government Affairs Professional

Experience: Town Council member since January, member of the Mayfest and Love Summer Committees


Middleburg

The Town of Middleburg is set to begin a few projects that will bring improvements to its downtown area and utility system. Already, it has drawn up a Capital Improvements Plan, something it hasn’t done in more than a decade. Included in the plan are projects that will improve the sidewalk on Marshal Street and replace undersized water lines in the Ridgeview neighborhood, 60 percent of which will be completed by July 2019.

The town is also moving forward with a space-planning study for a new town office and police station. The town-retained consultant is currently developing concept plans for two potential sites. The Town Council is also on the verge of signing a contract with an outside firm to perform a $65,000 town branding project, which is intended to bring in more diverse visitors and boost the town’s economy.

Mayor (Vote for One)

Vincent Bataoel

Vincent Bataoel

Age: 35

Occupation: Co-founder of Above Green

Experience: Economic Development Advisory Committee chairman since 2014, on the board of the Aldie Heritage Association

Bridge Littleton

Bridge Littleton

Age: 43

Occupation: President and co-founder of HELLEN Systems

Experience: Town Council member since 2016, former planning commissioner, vice president of the Middleburg Museum Foundation, executive committee member of the Virginia Municipal League, president of the Middleburg Spring Races Association Advisory Board

Mark Snyder

Mark Snyder

Age: 63

Occupation: Works in Northrop Grumman Corp.’s information security and identity management access operations department

Experience: Councilman since 1998, 10-years on the Planning Commission and former Board of Zoning Appeals chairman

Town Council (Vote for Four)

Chris Bernard

Chris Bernard

Age: 31

Occupation: E-commerce director for West Federal Retail

Experience: Almost 10 years growing in-town businesses (Lou Lou Boutiques, Crème de la Crème and Zest Clothing & Co.), former QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia board member and youth baseball coach

Keith Hazard

Kevin Hazard, incumbent

Age: 68

Occupation: General superintendent for the Lincoln Property Company

Experience: Eight-year Town Council member, on the board of directors for Seven Loaves Services, former member of the Middleburg Charter School Development Committee.

Darlene Kirk

Darlene Kirk, incumbent

Age: 61

Occupation: Retired from the federal government

Experience: Vice mayor for 12 years, former vice chairwoman of the Planning Commission, former chairwoman of thePersonnel & Finance Committee, the Health Center Advisory Board and the Ad Hoc Committee on Town Properties

Peter Leonard-Morgan

Peter Leonard-Morgan, incumbent

Age: 55

Occupation: Real Estate Agent with Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty

Experience: Town Council Member since 2016 and the current council representative to the Go Green Committee

of the Middleburg Charter School Management Board

Kristin Noggle

Kristin Noggle

Age: 48

Occupation: Owner of Double K Equine Services

Experience: Member of Middleburg Spring Races Advisory Board, volunteer for the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Cindy Pearson

Cindy Pearson

Age: 66

Occupation: retired, Middleburg’s former economic development coordinator

Experience: former member of the town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Middleburg Business and Professional Association, also formerly on Visit Loudoun’s Board of Directors

Mimi Stein

Mimi Stein

Age: 66

Occupation: Director of operations for Humane Farm Animal Care

Experience: Current planning commissioner, former treasurer of the Middleburg Business & Professional Association for eight years, helped to bring the holiday Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony back to life in Middleburg


Purcellville

Purcellville is settling in with a newly hired town manager, wrapping up the last of its four investigations into the conduct of several government staffers and a consultant, and working its way through a new partnership with Shaun Alexander Enterprises and Play to Win to manage the Fireman’s Field complex. Those all have been prominent topics during this year’s election cycle, along with more conventional concerns about the town’s taxes, utility service and debt obligations.

Mayor (Vote for One)

Kwasi Fraser

Kwasi Fraser, incumbent

Age: 47

Occupation: Senior consultant for Verizon

Experience: Two-term mayor, restructured the town’s debt to achieve $12 million in debt payment savings throughout the next 10 years and obtained over $600,000 in nontax revenue from existing town assets

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Age: 61

Occupation: Deputy building official for the county’s Building Code Enforcement Division

Experience: Served on the first Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan from 1995-96, served on town grievance panel, helped rebuild Fireman’s Field with carpentry services

Town Council (Vote for Three)

Ted Greenly

Ted Greenly, incumbent

Age: 57

Occupation: Telecommunications officer with the federal government

Experience: Town Council member since November 2017, council Liaison for the Tree and Environmental Sustainability Committee,town representative to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Planning Coordination Advisory Committee, former member of Purcellville’s Parks and Rec committee, Upper Loudoun Little League coach for five years

Joel Grewe

Joel Grewe

Age: 36

Occupation: Director of Generation Joshua, a Christian leadership program for teens

Experience: 10-year town resident, served on his HOA board for seven years

Tip Stinnette

Tip Stinnette

Age: 59

Occupation: Director of Air Traffic Safety Standards Oversight for the Federal Aviation Administration

Experience: Planning Commission chairman, 8-year town resident

Steve Warfield

Steve Warfield

Age: 60

Occupation: Marketing manager at Costco

Experience: Four-and-a-half-year town resident, member of the Purcellville Business Association, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce


Round Hill

The Town of Round Hill is soon to begin its Franklin Park Trail and Main Street enhancement projects, which will connect the town with the park via a pedestrian path. The town is also preparing to submit an application to become an official Appalachian Trail Community.

Although there were multiple talks last year of a town expansion, major discussions have ceased. Mayor Scott Ramsey, however, is continuing to meet with individual communities to solicit input from residents.

In June, the town will also hold a grand opening for its long-awaited Sleeter Lake Park. In the making for more than three decades, the $500,000 park will be used for passive recreation like fishing, picnicking and canoeing and as an educational hub for school-aged children.

In this year’s election, two council seats will be filled by write-in ballots.

Mayor (Vote for One)

Scott Ramsey

Scott Ramsey, incumbent

Age: 47

Occupation: Engineer

Experience: four-term mayor, six-year Town Council member

Town Council (Vote for Three)

Fred Lyne

Fred Lyne, incumbent

Age: 56

Occupation: Director at Freddie Mac managing operations department

Experience: Five-year Town Council member, helped to complete a new Comprehensive Plan and move forward the Franklin Park Trail and Main Street enhancement projects

7 thoughts on “This Time Around, Election Offers Choices for Most Town Voters

  • 2018-04-27 at 9:50 am
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    The choice is clear for me in Lovettsville. Nate Fontaine for Mayor; Christopher Hornbaker, Nick Hayward, and Renee Edmonston for Town Council; Michael Dunlap for the special election Town Council seat. I know all of these candidates personally. They are honest, ethical, and are committed not only to their families, but to our community. Good luck on Tuesday!
    My brother lives in Purcellville and from what I understand from him, THE best candidate in the Purcellville race is Joel Grewe for Town Council. Good Luck, Joel!

  • 2018-04-27 at 11:59 am
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    Joel Grewe for Purcellville Town Council will be a wonderful addition to Purcellville’s leadership with his dedication to his town.
    Mike Dunlap for Lovettsville Town Council Special Election, Christopher Hornbaker, Nick Hayward, and Renee Edmonston for Lovettsville Town Council along with Nate Fontaine for Lovettsville Mayor are devoted residents and leaders who will do great things for Lovettsville!

  • 2018-04-27 at 12:11 pm
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    The choices are clear in Lville – candidates who make a real effort to meet and talk w/residents, who have EXPERIENCE serving the Town already, who make time in their busy lives for everyone, who rise above the nastiness … vs. those who apparently have no time, no experience, and certainly no regard for the truth. Fontaine, Dunlap, Hornbaker, Edmonston, Hayward all the way.

    Pville needs new faces – Grewe is the best choice!

  • 2018-04-27 at 12:59 pm
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    Lovettsville has some amazing candidates running for town council and mayor – Fontaine, Dunlap, Hornbaker, Edmonston, Hayward have MY VOTE. These individuals have the commitment and experience it takes. These people have volunteered so much of their time over the years and revent months to make Lovettsville even better and to get out to talk to residents and find out what the people want and need. To me the choice is Clear! Check out their profiles and you can see their devotion and the knoweldge they bring to the table!

  • 2018-04-27 at 2:36 pm
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    The experience and dedication of Fontaine, Hayward, Edmonston, Hornbaker and Dunlap to the Lovettsville community is exactly what is needed to serve the people of this beautiful town. They have servants hearts and a great desire to come alongside their fellow residents to aid in making Lovettsville a town that people want to be a part of!

  • 2018-05-01 at 3:22 pm
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    For a non-partisan election, the HEH slate sure has quite a bit of partisan support, including from DeKnipp and Comstock – and it’s more than disheartening. The mere fact of running as a one-party slate has divided this little town, but their comments at the forum and online have made it clear that they don’t want to represent all of the town – only their supporters.

    Whereas the Mayoral debate has shown that both sides can be respectful and come together – for the good of all. You can’t have a bad winner in that election.

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