Councilwoman Vanessa Maddox exclusively confirmed to Loudoun Now today that she will not be pursuing a recount of last Tuesday’s election results.
Maddox technically has until Nov. 19, 10 days following the election results being certified, to petition the Circuit Court for a recount. She initially said she would make a decision this Friday, but said today she has decided against a recount. She did not elaborate on the reasons why.
“I wish my colleagues the best and I will remain very active in the Leesburg and Loudoun community,” she stated.
Today’s announcement confirms that Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox wins her second four-year council term. Fox finished in third place, 81 votes ahead of Maddox, for one of three council seats. Because the differential between the two stood at just 0.496 percent, Maddox was able to petition for a recount. County Registrar Judy Brown had estimated the cost of the recount to be around $3,000, and the cost would have been borne by the Town of Leesburg.
Reached today, Fox said she has enjoyed working with Maddox on the council and wished her well in her future endeavors. She thanked her colleague for not putting the town through “what could have been a divisive and expensive recount.”
Now able to officially wave the victory flag, she credited her nonpartisan message and supporters for putting her over the finish line.
“This has been a hard fought race in a difficult political climate,” she said. “Thankfully now we can all get back to work and running the Town of Leesburg.”
Fox joins victors Marty Martinez and Neil Steinberg, the first and second place winners last week, respectively. Mayor Kelly Burk was also successful in securing re-election. The new council takes office Jan. 1.