Hamilton resident Caleb Kershner will run as a Republican for the Catoctin District on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.
Two-term incumbent Geary Higgins, who is leaving the seat to run for the state Senate, is among those endorsing the attorney.
“Loudoun has offered me and my family a unique way of life, one that I’m committed to preserving and improving for all Loudoun families to enhance their quality of life,” Kershner stated in his March 4 announcement. “Having grown up in 4-H and on a working farm, I know the importance of preserving open space and our beautiful countryside for future generations.”
He cited investments in transportation, preservation of small schools and support for small class sizes, and increasing broadband access as his top priorities.
“I am running to advance policies that make commuting and living in Loudoun safe and affordable for young families like mine. I am committed to keeping taxes and the costs of living low and giving Loudouners efficient, customer service oriented local government,” he stated. “Residents deserve choices that fit their lifestyle: smartly planned and convenient communities in the east, and countryside living with modern convenience in the west.”
Kershner is a partner with the law firm Simms Showers, LLP, in Leesburg, representing clients in a variety of areas including nonprofit, business, employment, personal injury, estate planning, criminal and family law.
“I am running because I have the legal experience and financial background to be a thoughtful and unwavering advocate for Catoctin families by protecting taxpayer dollars, ensuring sufficient and high-quality services for both the growing east and the rural west, and championing fair application of our laws and regulations towards all Loudoun residents and businesses. In doing so I will achieve solutions that make commuting and living affordable, preserve our open space and rural economy, create more good-paying jobs, and increase pathways to student success,” he stated.
“Caleb has my strongest endorsement to serve as the next Catoctin District supervisor,” Higgins stated in the campaign announcement. “His experience growing up on a farm, background in business finance, and career as an attorney for both the county and private sector give him an impressive range of knowledge that will serve the district well. He has the passion and ability to govern in a way that will preserve the way of life in western Loudoun we love and enjoy. He will bring balanced and practical solutions to Loudoun’s transportation and land use pressures and will work hard to preserve and grow our rural economy.”
Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz and Lovettsville Town Council member Michael Dunlap also endorsed Kershner.
Kershner was born in Rockport, ME, and grew up on a farm near Frederick, MD. He moved to Loudoun County in 1995 and lives in Hamilton with his wife, Whitney Emblidge Kershner, and sons Colton, Tristan, Brayden, and Weston. He earned a degree in finance and his law degree from George Mason University. Prior to joining his law firm, he worked as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Loudoun and as director of federal relations at Home School Legal Defense Association. He serves on the Loudoun County Fair and Associates board and has been a member of the Lovettsville-Waterford Ruritans.