Tuesday night was Leesburg Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox’s turn to launch her bid for a second Town Council term.
Fox was joined by friends and supporters at Foxridge Park, where she looked back on some of the accomplishments during her first council term and laid out her reasons for seeking another four years on the dais.
Former state delegate Randy Minchew introduced Fox, and called her a “great model of consistency” on the council. U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10) also pointed to Fox’s professional life outside of council as a wedding planner and officiant, as someone who brings people together, much like she does in her government work.
When she ran four years ago, Fox said, it was about a desire to serve. On reflection, she said serving on the council during her first term was even more about learning. Fox referred to issues she is proud to have worked on—including telecommunications infrastructure; traffic improvement, for which she served on a committee of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; and reducing burdensome regulations.
As the town continues to grow, Fox emphasized the council’s need to ensure that each land development application is the right “fit” for the town.
“And if it doesn’t fit, don’t pass it,” she said.
Fox addressed her reasoning for not seeking a political party endorsement this go-around. Four years ago, she sought and received the endorsement of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, but has become the second candidate in this year’s race, along with mayoral candidate Councilman Ron Campbell, to eschew an endorsement.
She pointed to the “divide” she has seen from the federal level on down to the local level.
“I want to continue to set the example to go ahead and change,” she said. “I want change to start at the local level.”
To close, Fox recited two quotes that inspired her, from noted figures on both sides of the political aisle – Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and conservative political activist Jeremiah Lorrig. Both quotes encouraged looking beyond political parties, not seeing those with opposite beliefs as enemies, and encouraging a dialogue among all in elected public service.
“These words go to the very core as to why I continue to seek political office,” she said. “I need to be the better part of that change.”