Six days after winning Leesburg’s Town Council election, Vanessa Maddox was sworn in to her new post Monday night.
It was standing-room-only crowd at her swearing in ceremony at Town Hall’s lower level conference room, as supporters and well wishers filled out the space. After taking the oath from Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens, Maddox thanked those who made her successful election bid possible, particularly her husband, Roger, and two sons.
“A great deal of you had something to do with me standing here today,” she said to the ceremony attendees. “I feel so blessed and so honored to have been able to go on this journey.”
Joking that she’s not sure if she knew what she was getting herself into, Maddox said she saw “a need that needed to be filled.” Her successful election makes history for the town, as she becomes its first African American woman council member.
“One of the main reasons I did this is so that my sons would be able to see their mom step out as a leader, as a mom, as a woman, as a wife, as a business owner, as a dog owner, and I just want them to know there is nothing in this world that you cannot do. I’m a walking, living testament to that,” she said.