The filing deadline for candidates in Leesburg’s Town Council November elections passed June 12 and a total of nine candidates have filed the necessary paperwork to be on November’s town ballot.
The town holds elections for a new mayor ever two years and new council members every four during even year elections. Three council members are on a two-year rotation with the mayor.
In the November 2011 election, Leesburg voters passed a referendum to change the town election dates from May to November, which would provide better voter turnout and be cheaper over time.
All four incumbent members of the Town Council whose terms are up, including Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Council membersTom Dunn, Katie Hammler and Dave Butler have filed the necessary paperwork for re-election.
Umstattd, who officially kicked off her campaign June 3, will be challenged by Linda Shotton for mayor. Umstattd has been Mayor of Leesburg since 2002.
Dunn, Hammler and Butler will be challenged by four other candidates for the three positions up for election. The three highest vote getters will be elected to represent the town on council.
Dunn has been on the Town Council since 2008 and served on the Planning Commission before his election.
Hammler has been a representative of Leesburg since her election to council in 2004. She had previously served on the Economic Development Commission.
Butler has been serving on Town Council since 2008 and had previously served on Leesburg Planning Commission, Utility Rate Advisory Committee and Standing Residential Traffic Committee.
Other candidates include Dwight Dopilka, Ann Robinson, Robert Zoldos and Jim Sisley.
Dopilka ran against current council member Kelly Burk in the April Special Election and is the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors representative to the Town of Leesburg’s Airport Commission.
Robinson has been a resident of Leesburg for 22 years and currently teaches Workforce Development accounting courses for Northern Virginia Community College and Frederick Community College.
Zoldos has attempted a run for Town Council previously and his son, Bob Zoldos III, won the mayorial election for Lovettsville in May.
Sisley is currently the Vice Chair for the Leesburg Economic Development Commission.
Election Day is Nov. 6 and to vote on an absentee ballot, file a application with the Loudoun County General Registrar.
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