Republicans Endorse Wright in Leesburg’s Mayoral Race

The partisan slates are set for Leesburg’s non-partisan election.

The Loudoun County Republican Committee on Monday night endorsed four of the 10 candidates in November’s municipal elections. The Loudoun Democratic Committee also has endorsed a four-member slate.

Mayoral candidate Kevin Wright was the top vote-getter in the LCRC’s secret-ballot endorsement voting. The LCDC endorsed Vice Mayor Kelly Burk in the mayoral race. They are challenging incumbent David S. Butler, a councilman since 2008 who was elected by the Town Council early this year to fill the seat left vacant by the election of long-time mayor Kristen Umstattd to the Board of Supervisors.

In the Town Council races, the Republicans endorsed incumbent Tom Dunn; political newcomer John Hilton; and Ken Reid, a former Town Council member who opted not to seek re-election to the Board of Supervisors last year.

Democrats have endorsed Ron Campbell, Evan MacBeth and Gwen Pangle. Incumbent Katie Sheldon Hammler, seeking her fourth four-year term, did not seek an endorsement by either party.

On Nov. 8, Leesburg voters will cast votes for mayor and up to three council candidates.

The town elections are non-partisan; the endorsements will be used in sample ballots distributed by the parties and in candidates’ promotional materials.

3 thoughts on “Republicans Endorse Wright in Leesburg’s Mayoral Race

  • 2016-08-24 at 9:43 am

    Well there will be a Democrat as mayor. Burk running as liberal. Butler will claim he is non-partisan because the Dem’s did not pick him but he tried hard. And now Wright who sought the Dem endorsement a few years ago but now found help from RINO’s like Minchew.

  • 2016-08-24 at 1:16 pm

    It is interesting, but not for the reasons GoodOleLoudoun harps on. No candidate labeled themselves. In this situation, the Loudoun County Republican Committee members voted, and that is who they voted for, to endorse. So, if GoodOle is right, the Loudoun County Republican Committee is a sell-out organization. And some would say they are. But also of interest is that Katie Hammler is not endorsed by anyone. What does that portend for her reelection chances? And, what kind of a relationship does she now have with Kevin Wright? No longer pals, I would guess. Especially since that means Kevin Wright is now running with the likes of Tom Dunn, Ken Reid, and the unknown candidate. Not a wholesome picture, is it.

  • 2016-08-25 at 8:01 am

    Out of curiosity, I wanted to see how Evan MacBeth was running his campaign because I have not heard much from this candidate. One look at his Twitter feed and you find someone who is generally obsessed with retweets on the national campaign and someone not really concerned about the town. If you look at the divisive nature of the tweets he retweets, I am not sure he is fit to serve on this Town Council and in general may not have any ideas of his own. His feed is @Paradox13va.

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