The Loudoun County Republican Committee this week made its endorsements for November’s Leesburg Town Council elections.
Councilman Tom Dunn has been endorsed for the mayor’s post. It will be Dunn’s third time running for the seat, but his first time challenging current mayor Kelly Burk. Dunn lost his two previous bids to former mayor Kristen Umstattd. He has been a member of the Town Council since 2008, most recently being re-elected in 2016.
Kari Nacy is the lone council candidate to receive the LCRC’s endorsement, LCRC Chairman Jim Bonfils confirmed. It is Nacy’s first Town Council run.
Notably absent from the Republican Party’s endorsements was Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, who sought and received the LCRC’s endorsement in her first council run in 2014. Fox confirmed this week she chose not to seek a party endorsement for this campaign. She pointed to the “division” she’s witnessed in her four years on the council as her reason.
“At the town level we’re asked by the General Assembly to lead by the principles we stand for, instead of the [political] parties we’re associated with. My slogan has always been ‘principles not partisanship’,” Fox said. “I’m thankful for and welcome the support I have gotten from the LCRC and Inspire Loudoun. I thought it was important that I do everything I can to reduce partisanship at the town level. It’s what’s best for a unified Leesburg.”
Councilman Ron Campbell, also challenging Burk for the mayor’s seat, has also vowed not to seek party endorsement for this race. He received the backing of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee four years ago.
Rounding out the ballot, Burk, council incumbents Marty Martinez and Vanessa Maddox, and council challenger Neil Steinberg have been endorsed by the LCDC.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.