Two weeks ahead of Election Day, Leesburg Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox has decided to accept the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s endorsement.
Fox in August announced her decision not to seek the LCRC’s endorsement as she had done for her first council run in 2014.
“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,” she said at the time.
But during Monday night’s LCRC meeting, she was put forward for endorsement by former state delegate Randy Minchew. Fox was not present at the meeting, as she was on a plane back from Idaho after visiting her newborn granddaughter.
In an email to Loudoun Now, Minchew said he made the motion to endorse Fox “at the request of a number of Leesburg Republicans.” Creal French, the Leesburg District chairman of the LCRC, seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Minchew said he did not inform Fox of his intention to make the motion, but did ask her husband, Bill, if she would accept the endorsement.
Fox this week said she was pleased to have the Republican committee’s support, although it does not change her desire to run an independent, nonpartisan campaign.
“I gladly accept any endorsement from any respectable organization, if they do so based on merit only,” Fox said. “I believe that town councils should remain non-partisan (as mandated by the commonwealth) and I have tried to act accordingly both as a member of the council and during my campaign. I made the decision not to solicit the endorsement of any political party to reinforce this stance. However, like everyone else, I have my own views on state and local politics. The vast majority of those issues have no place in town governance, which allows us to collaborate closely with individuals who may not share our views on national issues and political candidates.”
She becomes the third Leesburg Town Council candidate to be endorsed by the Republican committee, along with mayoral candidate Tom Dunn and council candidate Kari Nacy. The Loudoun County Democratic Committee has endorsed Kelly Burk for mayor and Marty Martinez, Vanessa Maddox and Neil Steinberg for Town Council.
Councilman Ron Campbell now is the only candidate on November’s ballot to not be endorsed by either political party. Campbell had vowed to run a nonpartisan race for mayor following his LCDC-endorsed run for the council in 2016.