Letter: Mayor Kelly Burk, Leesburg

Editor: As you probably have read in the papers, Leesburg Town Councilmember Tom Dunn wrote hurtful and insulting remarks on several town proclamations instead of just affixing his signature and I denounce those remarks.

On a proclamation for Juneteenth, he wrote: “Juneteenth is a celebration, Lynching is not.” On two other proclamations for Gay Pride Month and Gun Violence Month he also wrote incredibly insensitive remarks.

At the next meeting of the council, I publicly denounced Mr. Dunn for his behavior, and strongly suggested he needed to apologize to all African Americans, members of the LGBTQ community and victims of gun violence who were insulted. I did this publicly, at the beginning of Council meeting and I stand by that statement.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Leesburg Town Council, four motions were made by Councilmember Campbell. There were:
1. Discussion of censuring Councilmember Dunn at Tuesday’s Meeting.
Since this item was not on the public agenda, the council had to vote to suspend the rules, then vote to discuss censuring Councilmember Dunn at the Tuesday meeting. I voted yes to both, which unfortunately did not pass.
2. Council member Campbell made another motion to add to the agenda of the next business meeting, a censure based on the Ethics Code 2D 1.1. Council rules of procedure do not allow next business meeting motions, if they are controversial, as there would be no notice to the public. As this would be a violation of the rules, I voted against that motion.
3. Lastly, Councilmember Campbell made a motion to censure at a future meeting. Since this vote was again, not for a discussion but to censure, I voted again with the rules and against the motion to censure.

I believe Councilmember Dunn’s actions were not only hurtful and insulting but also reflect badly on the Town of Leesburg. I am very proud to live in this town and represent its citizens. Recent actions like this and others have no place here and I will do everything I can to put a stop to them. There are, however, rules that the Town Council operates on to be fair and equitable to all. I will abide by those rules which we have to operate under and work to change others.

I work very hard to represent all of Leesburg residents and I will not allow any bullying behavior to distract me from my work with the community.

Mayor Kelly Burk, Leesburg

5 thoughts on “Letter: Mayor Kelly Burk, Leesburg

  • 2019-06-27 at 11:32 am
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    Good Job Mayor B. Stand up to the bullies and threats of a recall. It’ll fade, just like it did with the calls for Gov.Blackface/KKK/Infanticide guy’s resignantion did.

  • 2019-06-27 at 2:02 pm
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    I am sure the next proclamation will choose something close to the hearts of white Christians just because the Mayor in her quest for social justice wants to be inclusive.

  • 2019-06-27 at 2:45 pm
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    The video tape of the meeting has the correct motions that I made. And for the record, I only made three motions and the Mayor states that I made four but only listed three.

    http://leesburgva.granicus.com/player/clip/1356

    Right before this council work session, Equality Loudoun had a rally at which the Mayor spoke and proclaimed that I was not clear in what I was asking for at the meeting but she would be willing to vote differently if I raised the issues again.

    Now she states that she will not bow down to bullies.

    The current Town council often operates outside the scope of policy not understanding that past practice is not policy and many policies are outdated and need review and changes.

    Thank you, Vice Mayor Martinez, for suggesting those areas for future conversation and hopefully we can make changes to better reflect our ability to conduct the business of the Town.

  • 2019-06-28 at 1:04 pm
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    The Mayors solution is to let the issue dry up and blow away like dog poop just makes her a great kick the can down the road politician, now back to taxing and spending.

  • 2019-06-28 at 9:05 pm
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    interesting that the mayor handed out the proclamations with the “hurtful” language. Why didn’t she prevent all this pain and not hand out the proclamations and just let people know they would have new ones sent to them.
    Why did Campbell and Thomas parade these “hurtful” word filled documents out to the people they could have protected from all this “pain”?
    Answer: inept or using any small thing and turning it into a big thing.

    As I understand it a proclamation belongs to the government not the group getting a copy. Council does not see these things until just before the meeting. Dunn objected to Council using activist language in the documents and signed his name with statements that are inline with wording of the proclamations.
    “Juneteenth is a celebration, lynching is not” how could anyone call that hurtful. It would take a sick in the head person to think otherwise.
    “everyone is equal, identities do not help” not sure what this means but everyone being equal sounds good, and maybe pointing out people for their difference does not help. why is this a bad thing?
    “People are violent guns are not violent” who can argue with this? Violent people hurt and kill people with any and every means. To focus on just one form of violence diminishes all other victims.

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