Leesburg’s vice mayor is hoping to make it another four years on the Town Council.
Suzanne Fox has announced her intentions to seek a second four-year term. She was first elected to the council in 2014 and, last January, won the support of her peers to become the town’s vice mayor.
In her professional life, she is the owner of Legacy Weddings, a wedding planning/coordinating business, and a civil celebrant who performs marriage ceremonies. She also operates the Beacon Hill Manor wedding venue northwest of town.
It’s not just her professional life that’s busy. Fox and her husband Bill, the parents of three daughters, are set to welcome their first grandchild in November. The baby girl, as luck would have it, is due on Election Day.
Despite all the balls she is juggling off the council dais, it’s unfinished business that has Fox desiring second term. She points to key transportation projects in town as some items she would like to see through to completion, owing to her time on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s project review committee.
Fox prides herself on her dogged determination to see tasks through to the end, and that modus operandi came early in life. She points to her middle school self as an example. After asking her parents to buy her a clarinet, and her parents then doubting whether she would stick with the practice, she gave them money every month to pay them back for the instrument. Her relentless dedication to practice ended up earning her a spot playing in the Baltimore Colts marching band.
“That made me the person I am,” she said.
She sees development and growth of the town, with many viewing Leesburg as a currently hot market, as another key priority.
She tries to view each development for its own merits and always wants to ensure that each development is self-mitigating.
“We have to have smart growth. If [an applicant] wants to rezone it’s incumbent that what they have is better for the community,” she said.
Fox said she has been proud of her ability to transcend partisanship on the non-partisan body. Her election as vice mayor was cited as an instance of this, when Councilman Ron Campbell, who had received the support of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee in his initial council bid, nominated Fox, a Loudoun County Republican Committee-backed candidate, for the post.
“I like to try and transcend. It’s about principles and not partisanship. I try to live that every day,” she said. “I can work with anyone on council. Just because you have a different set of principles doesn’t mean your ideas don’t have validity.”
Fox is planning a formal campaign kick-off, although no date has been set. For more information on Fox and her campaign, go to facebook.com/suzannefoxforleesburg. She is one of the three council incumbents running to retain their seats, in addition to Marty Martinez and Vanessa Maddox. Challengers Neil Steinberg and Kari Nacy are also on the ballot.