Editor: The latest editorial in Loudoun Now points out many important issues facing the Leesburg Town Council and the difficulty in reaching decisions when over the last few years there have been temporary appointments and special elections to fill vacancies created by elections and resignations.
Leesburg deserves full representation and advocacy at all levels at all times, no matter who is in office. This reluctance to cross party lines has hurt Leesburg in getting local transportation funding, human services support, attention for issues concerning our local schools, identifying additional tax benefits from Loudoun County and in making better decisions as a Town Council. I have heard too often that all we need is four votes to pass an item but I can tell you that four votes does not always get to the right decision. We need to have elected officials who are willing to talk to each other and have intelligent and thoughtful conversation.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, you have an opportunity to help your town to remove the partisanship that has overtaken the ability to make good decisions in the best interest of the town and not the party.
Two of the candidates Gwen Pangle and Josh Theil are running unendorsed in favor of pledging to work for all residents of the town and not the party.
“Council work is a serious role-up-your-sleeves kind of community service. Residents haven’t been and won’t be-well served by partisan panderers or political opportunists: The job is bigger than that.” —Editorial Loudoun Now, 2/1/2018.
As you make your choice for the election on Tuesday, Feb. 6, know that this election has important consequences for our town over the next 20 years and it does matter. I strongly urge you to learn, reflect and choose based on the priorities and capabilities of the person and not a party.
#strongertogether #fourdontmakeitright #peopleoverpolitics
Ron Campbell, Leesburg Town Council