November’s presidential election will also bring with it another Leesburg Town Council race, as the seats of Mayor Kelly Burk and council members Josh Thiel, Ron Campbell and Tom Dunn will be on the ballot.
Burk will be gunning for her third two-year mayoral term. In both of her previous runs, in 2016 and 2018, she convincingly topped a field of three candidates. She has always faced familiar foes, with challenges from sitting or former Town Council members. In her most recent run, she won just under 60 percent of the vote over challengers Dunn and Campbell.
Dunn and Campbell this go-around will find themselves defending their council seats. For Dunn, a win would net him a fourth four-year council term. It will be the first re-election bid for Campbell and Thiel, who won their seats in 2016 and in a February 2018 special election, respectively.
Political party endorsements have become practically essential in the nonpartisan council races. Since the Town Council elections moved from May to November, a move that occurred in 2012 following a successful voter referendum, no candidate has been successful in winning a seat without the endorsement of either of the two major political parties.
None of the candidates with seats up in November have announced whether they will seek re-election.