Leesburg’s Council Ballot Set; Campbell Renews Challenge for Mayor

Seven candidates will vie for four seats on the Leesburg Town Council in November, with the filing deadline expiring Tuesday.

Mayor Kelly Burk, in her bid for a third two-year mayoral term, will face a familiar challenge. Councilman Ron Campbell, whose own council term is up at year’s end, officially qualified for the mayoral ballot just before the deadline. Campbell challenged Burk two years ago, but finished third in a three-way race that also included Councilman Tom Dunn.

On the Town Council ballot, Dunn is the only incumbent running for another four-year term. If successful, it would be his fourth victory since having joined the council in 2008. He has also run for mayor three times, twice against former mayor and current Leesburg District Supervisor Kristen Umstattd and two years ago against Burk.

Challengers include first-time candidates Zach Cummings, Ara Bagdasarian, and Bill Replogle, and second-time candidate Kari Nacy, who ran for the council for the first time in 2018.

Election Day is Nov. 3. Those who are victorious at the polls will take office Jan. 1. 

While as many as three new faces could join the council dais in January, there will be a new addition even sooner. At the council’s next set of meetings, June 22-23, council members are expected to appoint a new member of the council to fill Josh Thiel’s unexpired council term, which runs through Dec. 31. Thiel resigned from the council in May because of a move outside of town limits, as well as family and work obligations. Applications from town residents interested in filling the seat for the remaining six months of the year are being accepted through June 15. 

While the town races are non-partisan, Campbell is also expected to challenge Burk for the Loudoun County Democratic Committee endorsement. The committee is scheduled to make its endorsements June 13. Burk has received LCDC support in both of her previous campaigns.

5 thoughts on “Leesburg’s Council Ballot Set; Campbell Renews Challenge for Mayor

  • 2020-06-10 at 12:32 am

    Let’s be honest about this. Ron Campbell is a despicable human being. He, along with another town counsel member lied, and tried to destroy Mayor Burk with a false claim that Mayor Burk did something wrong at Tuskies in Leesburg. The local press pounded Ron Campbell, and properly so, over that shameful act by Ron Campbell. At least there is a silver lining in this. When Ron Campbell loses, he will be off the Leesburg Town Counsel. After that, a bit of integrity will be restored with the Town of Leesburg.

  • 2020-06-10 at 7:53 am

    Why can’t Leesburg come up with all new candidates. Electing the same person as mayor and the same majority to council every year will never allow the Town of Leesburg to reach its potential. New people bring new ideas and the Town of Leesburg has been stagnant for many years.

  • 2020-06-10 at 11:25 am

    disappointedloudouner – you cannot expect candidates to miraculously appear out of nowhere. if you feel that strongly, run for it yourself. I actually like Campbell. He can work with anyone, Burk cannot. I doubt the Democrats will endorse him and whomever gets the Democrat endorsement in this election wins. Leesburg residents are sheep — they vote “D” regardless who it is. Look at Biberaj for an example.

  • 2020-06-10 at 5:36 pm

    No one will want the republican endorsement after what they did to Mike Dunlap at the behest of the Virginia Constitutional Conservatives. They were a cancer in West Virginia and have not changed since moving to Virginia.

  • 2020-06-11 at 1:31 am

    Democrat slate has run out of diversity and options. New guy from Ohio is a money man for the D party. Another ran his business in Reston but claimed it was Leesburg using a po box address so he could stay on a commission; and loved town so much he moved out for 10 years. And last guy was recruited by Burk herself except this guys still does not live in town and can’t vote in town. They are going to have to hire a lot of diversity actors for their Party group photo marketing piece this fall.

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