Lifelong town resident Kari Nacy has thrown her hat in the ring for November’s Town Council elections.
Nacy is finishing up her paperwork to file for one of three seats on the ballot. The Loudoun County High School graduate, who went on to continue her studies at Radford University, said she’s long felt the call to public service.
Nacy points to a leadership program she was a part of in high school through Leesburg Daybreak Rotary. It provided her the opportunity to shadow former town mayor B.J. Webb, which she said “sparked an interest” in elected office.
Now, with her defense contracting career and family established, it felt like the right time, she said.
The Country Club resident points to two potential developments surrounding her neighborhood that are chief concerns for her—the Westpark Golf Club, which is currently for sale, and the Meadowbrook development across Rt. 15, which is currently making its way through the legislative review process for a commercial rezoning. Making sure citizens’ voices are heard is of paramount importance to her, she said.
Nacy has seen plenty of growth in her hometown over the years, but wants to ensure Leesburg doesn’t lose its identity.
“I know that growth is inevitable and necessary but I want to make sure the Town Council is making the best decisions to make sure Leesburg keeps the soul of the town,” she said. “I’m afraid that eventually we’re not going to be Leesburg anymore, and what draws people to live here. I want to be a part of preserving what makes Leesburg Leesburg.”
Nacy said she feels she can appreciate both the perspectives of the long-term residents, like herself, as well as the new, young families moving into town, as she has a 6-year-old daughter.
“Aside from growing up here and really loving this town, I want to make sure my daughter has the same wonderful life I had growing up here. With the mix of long-term residents and new, young families I feel like I can really represent both given my history of being here and having a young family myself. I will definitely have the citizens’ backs so to speak when it comes to representing them with regards to what happens in the town,” she said.
Professionally, Nacy is the director of Department of Defense intelligence programs and facility security officer for Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation in Ashburn. Her husband works as a Fairfax County firefighter.
“I do have an extra appreciation and an affinity for first responders because I live the life,” she says with a laugh.
See more information about Nacy and her campaign at nacyforleesburg.com or facebook.com/nacyforleesburg. A campaign kickoff celebration will be scheduled at a later date.
Nacy is vying for one of the three council seats currently held by Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox and council members Marty Martinez and Vanessa Maddox. In the mayor’s race, Mayor Kelly Burk faces a challenge from by Councilman Ron Campbell. Election Day is Nov. 6.