Another candidate has tossed his hat in the ring for November’s Leesburg Town Council elections.
Mike Jones, a five-year town resident, is a self-described “military brat,” and served in the U.S. Army for eight years as a combat infantryman. He also spent a year and a half with the Leesburg National Guard. Currently, he is an armed officer for the FDIC.
It was when he was leaving the military that Jones and his wife, Britta, were trying to decide where to settle their family. They moved in temporarily with his father-in-law, who lives in the Potomac Crossing neighborhood. They soon realized that Leesburg was their ideal choice for a landing spot, and now live in Exeter. They have two young sons, with their first daughter on the way.
Jones said it was working on his friend Josh Thiel’s Town Council campaign that gave him the urge to run himself.
“I saw what he was doing. I got to know people and talk to people. I’m 27. I realized that if a young person like him can do it why can’t I,” Jones said. “It’s about having a younger voice in Leesburg.”
If elected, Jones said his top priorities are addressing traffic congestion and bringing “smart economic development” to the town. He has also been closely following the debate over whether to expand the use of food trucks in the town, as well as the debate over plans to building housing on the Westpark Golf Course.
Jones said he would also love to lower taxes in the town, as Leesburg residents pay town and county taxes.
He promises that town residents would get a fighter on the council dais if they elect him in November.
“I’ve done two tours of duty overseas. I’ve fought for this country. Now I want to bring it home. I want to bring the people’s fight home. I want to be the voice to fight for what they want,” he said. “I don’t quit. It’s 100 percent full charge ahead in accomplishing what the people want.”
Jones will be gunning for one of three council seats on November’s ballot. The seats are currently held by Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, Marty Martinez and Vanessa Maddox. Kari Nacy and Neil Steinberg have also announced their intentions to run. In the mayor’s race, Kelly Burk is challenged by Councilman Ron Campbell.