Steinberg Out in Leesburg Council Race as Filing Deadline Arrives

It will be a two-person race for the Leesburg Town Council special election in November.

Joshua Thiel and Vanessa Maddox will be the two choices on the ballot for Leesburg voters as they choose who will serve the remaining 13 months of Kelly Burk’s unexpired term. Hugh Forsythe, appointed to the council in February, is serving in the seat until the victor in November’s special election is sworn in.

The close of the filing deadline Friday, Aug. 18, brought it with it the surprise news that Neil Steinberg will not be on the ballot—at least not yet. Steinberg had announced his candidacy in May, but has decided to wait until the November 2018 Town Council election. Then, three council seats will be on the ballot, including the one to be filled this fall.

In a statement shared with Loudoun Now, Steinberg said he and his campaign team made the decision that “running two campaigns in eight months was not productive.”

“Instead, starting early next spring, I will run for a four-year term, and plan to win one of the three seats that will be open,” the statement reads. “In the meantime, my campaign organization is up, our website and social media platforms are being developed and the campaign is able to accept contributions.”

Steinberg ended the statement by thanking the supporters who signed his petitions, and noted he had more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. He referred anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to the campaign to his website,

Steinberg is likely to have some company next November. Both Thiel and Maddox have said, win or lose, they plan to run again next year. The seats held by Councilman Marty Martinez and Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox also will be on the ballot in 2018, along with a new two-year mayoral term.

A member of the town’s Economic Development Commission, Thiel moved to Leesburg when he was 10 years old. Now married and a homeowner in Crescent Place, he is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton.

Maddox is a former member of the EDC, as well as the town’s Technology & Communications Commission. The 13-year town resident works full time for a Herndon-based IT company and runs her own consulting business.

For both candidates, it will be their first time on a Town Council ballot.

For more information about Thiel and Maddox, visit their campaign websites at, or Vanessa4TownCouncil on Facebook.

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