After serving 12 years on the dais, and just two years after stepping down, Bundles Murdock is returning to the Middleburg Town Council.
The Town Council on Thursday appointed Murdock, 70, as interim councilwoman to fill the vacant seat that Mayor Bridge Littleton left when he transitioned from councilman to mayor last week. Murdock was selected from a pool of four candidates that included the former 20-year councilman Mark Snyder, and Economic Development Advisory Committee Chairman Vincent Bataoel—both of whom ran for mayor in the spring—and former town council candidate Chris Bernard.
Murdock will fill the seat until November, when a special election determines who will fill the remainder of Littleton’s term though June 30, 2020.
Murdock is a three-term Middleburg Town Council member, serving on the dais from 2004-2016. Years before that, she worked as the deputy chief of protocol for the U.S. Department of State for eight years during the Reagan administration. She is currently the vice chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Blair House Restoration Fund, an advisor on the board of directors for the National Sporting Library & Museum and the former president of the Middleburg Community Center.
When addressing the Town Council prior to her appointment, Murdock made it clear that she is heavily involved in the community and values its small-town experience. “That’s what Middleburg is and that’s what I am,” she said.
The Town Council also voted unanimously to direct Town Attorney Martin Crim to file a petition with the Loudoun County Circuit Court to issue a writ of election to request that a special election to fill the seat be held on Nov. 6, the day of the county’s next scheduled general election.
Murdock said that she has no intention of running for that spot.