Crowded Field For Leesburg’s November Ballot

It will be another three-way race for mayor in Leesburg this November.

Tuesday’s filing deadline saw few surprises, as all three candidates who announced their intention to seek the mayoral seat—incumbent Kelly Burk and council members Ron Campbell and Tom Dunn—filed all the necessary paperwork to be on the ballot. Burk will be gunning for her second two-year term. It is first-term council member Campbell’s first time seeking the mayor’s post, but this November will mark the third time Dunn has sought the seat. He was twice defeated by Kristen Umstattd, longtime town mayor and current Leesburg District supervisor.

All three council incumbents will be looking to retain their seats: Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox and council members Vanessa Maddox and Marty Martinez. If re-elected, and assuming he completes his term, it will mark 20 years on the council for Martinez. Fox will be running for her second four-year term. Maddox will be seeking her first full four-year council term, as she was just elected in November to complete the remaining council term of Burk upon her election to the mayor’s seat in 2016.

The incumbents will be challenged by Photoworks owner Neil Steinberg and Leesburg native Kari Nacy. It will be the second time on a council ballot for Steinberg, who ran in February’s special election to fill the unexpired council term of Ken Reid. He was the runner-up to Joshua Thiel. This campaign season marks Nacy’s first time running for elected office.

Mike Jones, who had previously announced a council run, confirmed Tuesday that he has decided to forego a council campaign due to a recent career change.

Voters may select one candidate for mayor and three for the Town Council. The mayor’s term is for two years, while council members serve four-year terms. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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