Councilman Marty Martinez is hoping to inch closer to the Leesburg history books with a win in November.
Martinez is on the ballot for a fifth four-year council term. If re-elected and assuming he serves a full term, he could be in rare company achieving 20 years on the Town Council.
“Truly, I do enjoy working on the council. Even though we have our characters, we do manage to get the job done,” he said. “There’s a lot of good stuff going on in Leesburg.”
Martinez said he wants to continue making Leesburg a great place to raise a family, as he did his own. The father of five, grandfather of six, and great-grandfather of one is hoping his own kids come back to raise their families.
During his 16 years on the dais, Leesburg has grown significantly, he acknowledged, both in terms of the town’s size and its surging population. Keeping the town’s infrastructure up to the demands is a key priority moving forward, he said. One future project he’d like to explore is the addition of a community center, like Ida Lee Recreation Center, to serve residents on the south side of town.
He said the council should consider how to budget for all the deferred infrastructure, as well as how to manage both development and redevelopment in town. He’d like to see the council take another look at form-based code zoning rules, envisioned for the Crescent Design District.
“What do we want our town to look like in 20, 25 years … and put a plan in place to get there,” he said.
He brings a significant amount of historical knowledge to the council dais, Martinez said, not to mention years of community involvement. In addition to his time spent on the council, Martinez has been active in local youth sports leagues, schools, nonprofits and community service organizations.
“You’re getting a proven commodity,” with a vote in his favor, he said. “I really do care; I really do listen. I listen to residents and take their concerns into whatever decision I make.”
For Martinez, his desire to serve and give back to the community comes from the example of his mother. She taught him to be involved, not just complain on the sidelines, and to always leave a place better than how he found it. He hopes to continue to do that in Leesburg, he said.
“I want to keep Leesburg on the same track; I don’t want to derail it,” Martinez said. “I want it to continue to grow and function as it is. I want Leesburg to be a destination.”
Martinez’s campaign websites are still under construction. A campaign kickoff originally planned for Saturday, June 23, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather.
Martinez is joined by fellow incumbents Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox and Councilwoman Vanessa Maddox in vying for one of three open council seats on the ballot. They are challenged by Neil Steinberg and Kari Nacy.