3 Candidates to Vie for 2 Council Seats

Three residents have filed to run in next year’s special election to fill two seats on the Lovettsville Town Council.

Councilwoman Rebekah Ontiveros and resident Buchanan Smith are set to run for a council seat with a term that expires June 30, 2020, with Councilman David Steadman running unopposed for a seat that expires June 30, 2022. The town’s special election to fill those spots will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Ontiveros, a co-owner of The Hive Bakeshop in Brunswick, MD, and Steadman, the director of applications development at DLA Piper and the finance officer for American Legion Lovettsville Post 1836, were both appointed Oct. 18 to fill vacancies left by Mike Senate and Renee Edmonston on Sept. 6.

For the first time, the candidates will be required to disclose any campaign spending, following the Town Council’s adoption in September of an ordinance that aligns with the state’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 2006. 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.

February’s special election will cap off a year of turnover on the Lovettsville Town Council.

In, January, Councilman Mike Dunlap was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Rob Gentile’s resignation and in February, Tony Quintana was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of former vice mayor Tiffany Carder.

The May 1 municipal elections also saw Nate Fontaine replace three-term mayor Bob Zoldos and the election of three new council members—Chris Hornbaker, Matthew Schilling and Edmonston.

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