The Town of Middleburg will hold the county’s only special election on Tuesday, as the town’s 531 voters choose one of two candidates to fill the Town Council vacancy that was left vacant by Bridge Littleton when he became mayor on July 1.
Those candidates are three-year resident Chris Bernard, an e-commerce director for West Federal Retail, and nine-year resident Kurt Abendschein, a Hunt Country Sotheby’s real estate agent.
Bernard, 32, missed out on a Town Council spot in the May 1 town elections by 16 votes. He manages three Middleburg businesses—Lou Lou Boutiques, Crème de la Crème and Zest Clothing & Co. and is a member of the board of directors at Buchanan Hall in Upperville.
He said that his primary goals if elected would be to bring new businesses to town and to accommodate the current ones. To learn more about Bernard’s campaign at facebook.com/chrisformiddleburg.
Abendschein, 49, spent a decade serving in the U.S. Marines and currently volunteers with The Virginia Fall Races, the Middleburg Humane Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
He said that his primary goals if elected would be to bring in unique businesses that serve both residents and visitors and to work alongside the county on Envision Loudoun to conserve the land surrounding Middleburg.
The winner of Tuesday’s election will serve on the Town Council until the term expires on June 30, 2020, replacing Interim Councilwoman Bundles Murdock.
Voting will be held in the town office at 10 W. Marshall St. between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.