For a third time this year, a seat on the Middleburg Town Council has changed hands.
Chris Bernard, a 32-year-old West Federal Retail e-commerce director, won Tuesday’s special election over Kurt Abendschein, a Hunt Country Sotheby’s real estate agent. Bernard got 172 vote to Abendschein’s 130.
Bernard replaces Interim Councilwoman Bundles Murdock, who was appointed July 12 to fill the vacancy that was left by Bridge Littleton when he became mayor on July 1. He will remain on the council until the term expires on June 30, 2020.
The three-year resident manages three in-town businesses—Lou Lou Boutiques, Crème de la Crème and Zest Clothing & Co. His primary goals on the dais are to help bring new businesses to the town and to accommodate the existing ones.
Bernard recently helped the town select a firm to redevelop its website and was appointed to the Board of Directors at Buchanan Hall in Upperville.