After 42 days with two vacancies, the Lovettsville Town Council is again back up to full strength.
The Town Council on Thursday night appointed Rebekah Ontiveros and David Steadmanas interim council members, following interviews with four candidates, including Tony Quintana, who had served as in interim council member in March to fill a vacancy left by Tiffany Carder, and Nicholas Hayward, who ran for a spot on the dais in the May 1 town elections but missed out by four votes.
The appointments come six weeks after the resignations of Mike Senate and Renee Edmonston. Ontiveros, a co-owner of The Hive Bakeshop in Brunswick, MD, and Steadman, the director of applications development at DLA Piper, will serve on the Town Council until the town holds a special election to fill the vacancies on Feb. 5.
Candidates seeking to run for a spot on the council in February’s special election will need to file their paperwork with the county’s Office of Elections and Voter Registration by Dec. 7 and state whether they plan to run for the seat with a term that ends in either June 2020 or June 2022.
They’ll also be required to comply with Virginia’s candidate, campaign committee and finance disclosure requirements, since the Town Council last month voted to adopt an ordinance that aligns with the state’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 2006—something that the Town of Purcellville did in October 2008.
Under Virginia law, candidates in towns with populations of less than 25,000 are not required to comply with the act unless the Town Council adopts an ordinance requiring them to do so.
According to the Virginia Department of Elections, there are only a handful of towns in the state with populations of less than 25,000 that have adopted such ordinances.