Reid, Dunn Join Leesburg Council Race Ahead of Deadline

Leesburg voters will have plenty of options come November, as the race for the mayor’s seat and three Town Council posts has the most competition in years. The race features some familiar faces, as well as some political newcomers.

According to General Registrar Judy Brown, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, five hours before the filing deadline, 10 candidates had fulfilled all the requirements to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

In the mayor’s race, David Butler is seeking his first full two-year term. Butler was appointed to the mayor’s seat in February after former mayor Kristen Umstattd began her term as Leesburg District supervisor Jan. 1. Vice Mayor Kelly Burk, who served as acting mayor until Butler’s appointment, and former Town Council member Kevin Wright are challenging for the seat. Burk is assured of at least a council seat, as her post is not up for re-election until 2018.

The council field is even more crowded. Incumbents Katie Hammler, seeking a fourth four-year term, and Tom Dunn, seeking a third term, are challenged by Ron Campbell, John Hilton, Gwen Pangle, Evan Macbeth and former Leesburg District Supervisor and Town Council member Ken Reid.

In November, town residents will be asked to select one mayor and three council members.


5 thoughts on “Reid, Dunn Join Leesburg Council Race Ahead of Deadline

  • 2016-06-14 at 5:58 pm

    As expected, Ken Reid did what he said he would not do, which is get back into politics. I guess all the drama he proclaimed about how politics had ruined his health, his business, and just about everything else, was just an act to dodge Supervisor Umstattd, who would have beaten him, if he had run for re-election.

  • 2016-06-15 at 2:53 pm

    Lawgh – I am in no way speaking on behalf on Mr. Reid, but can imagine that he understands that several extremely liberal candidates are running for Town Council and that he doesn’t want them to disrupt the balance of our Town. I appreciate his fiscal responsibility, and your potshots, are always without merit.

  • 2016-06-15 at 4:41 pm

    Looks like Dunn will get some support on Council. Gimbell has helped some but is leaving. Not sure where Fox is. Sometimes she is in agreement with Dunn and Gimbell but she tends to vote with Hammler to much, and no one including Hammler knows what Hammler will do.

  • 2016-06-16 at 9:35 am

    I’m taking the opportunity to post this comment to both recent articles regarding candidates running for Town Council in order to educated the Public of Leesburg. The Town Council just held a work session on June 13, 2016 that opened with the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force. I strongly encourage anyone living inside or outside Leesburg to watch the first part of the lengthy video, which is very enlightening.
    Tom Dunn seemed very involved based on his body language and questioning, and Kelly Burk showed up at the very end of the presentation, which I find unacceptable realizing the
    recent MS-13 gang issues, but in her own inexact words, she can get caught-up. The presenter offered many, many facts, and it is apparent that not only is our police force extremely unprepared to even remotely proactively address routine, and I mean routine, gang warfare, but the task force is too. The task force seems to be an almost exclusive reactionary force that goes to whoever the fires are, which is scary since they are secondary to our own police, and our Town Mayor, many Town Council Members and the he likes of Evan MacBeth and Ron Campbell are Open Border folks, and based on the presenter most Gang members are illegal immigrants (or see below part of the new flock of “unaccompanied minors”). You may think this is inflammatory, but you need to watch the video and understand that the presenter said that the “unaccompanied minor” situation is getting worse (increasing in numbers with more to end up here, unaccounted for, and overcrowding our schools next year) and that they are predisposed to becoming future gang members as they are usually being placed into homes on non-parents and at-risk situations. I know that Tom Dunn asked the presenter “what can we do” as he referred to graffiti, kids getting into gangs, etc. My big questions is what can the Town of Leesburg do Legally to stop illegals from being bused in through Loudoun County by the Federal Government into our Town thus using our resources in many respects (I know the liberals are yawning as they are open border and welcome all, turn a blind eye to crime and openly spend my money on others, etc.)??? The pose a health and safety issue to the general public, which has already been openly stated by several State and Federal officials. Please offer some feedback Town Council and Mayor in lieu of placing these at-risk persons in our schools and on our streets knowing they are predisposed for violence, health risks, etc. The facts are the facts, perhaps that’s why so many in Our Government seemed so disinterested, so very disinterested and just didn’t want to ask questions or even show up on time. Perhaps Kelly Burk just isn’t too concerned about our Public safety nor suited to be our next Mayor?

  • 2016-06-16 at 11:31 am

    And, to repeat myself, vote for anyone else, except for Tom Dunn, Ken Reid, and Katie Hammler. We need to move forward in this November election, not backward.

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