DEVELOPING: Leesburg’s Ken Reid won’t seek re-election
Reid announced his decision via Facebook Wednesday night. He becomes the third person on the nine-member Board of Supervisors who won't seek another term in 2015, joining Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) and Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge).
Earlier this month, Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd announced her plans to run as a Democrat for Reid's seat. Umstattd has served on Leesburg Town Council since the 1990s.
Reid said the Leesburg mayor's candidacy had nothing to do with his decision. He went on to note that he may consider a future bid for mayor of Leesburg, the largest town in Virginia.
"I wish to assure you that my decision has nothing to do with the upcoming campaign or any specific opponent," Reid states on his blog. "Actually, I was looking forward to touting our successes in the upcoming campaign, but given what is going on in my life now, this is not the year to engage in campaigning. Some have suggested I run for Mayor of Leesburg, which I might consider. But that’s a decision at least a year away."
Here is Reid's statement in full:
"Message to Leesburg Constituents
About a month ago, I was presented with some personal business and family-related challenges, but also some potential career and business opportunities in my field, which is media and communications.
I have dedicated much of my last 17 years to civic activism both here and in Maryland, including the past nine years in elected office on the Board of Supervisors and Leesburg Town Council. As you all know serving as Supervisor or in any elected or civic duty often puts your finances, family and personal life on the backburner.
But my first priority now must be my family, my livelihood, health and spiritual development.
After a lot of soul searching, discussions with my wife, Lynn, beautiful twins, James and Lara, my rabbi and close friends, I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election as the nominee of my party for Leesburg District Supervisor in 2015.
I wish to assure you that my decision has nothing to do with the upcoming campaign or any specific opponent. Actually, I was looking forward to touting our successes in the upcoming campaign, but given what is going on in my life now, this is not the year to engage in campaigning. Some have suggested I run for Mayor of Leesburg, which I might consider. But that’s a decision at least a year away.
I believe the citizens of Leesburg are pleased with my accomplishments and that of the entire Board of Supervisors in this term. As such, I plan to speak out this year about the tremendous work my colleagues and I have done to keep taxes in check, improve transportation, fund our schools, keep growth in check and boost jobs and economic development. I believe our Board has delivered more for the Town of Leesburg than some preceding Boards, particularly in the area of transportation and economic development.
Recently, a veteran county employee retired and commented that she “likes this Board” because we have a specific “strategic plan,” thus making it easier for the County’s professional staff to implement Board goals and objectives. I believe that says a lot about the professionalism and focus of this Board of Supervisors.
I also firmly believe I have worked effectively with the Town and our Town Council despite the challenges and our political differences. I have continuously kept the entire Council and Town Manager informed of actions of our Board , which contrasts sharply from some of my predecessors. I also will work to break in the next Leesburg District Supervisor after the November election.
I thank you, the great people of Leesburg, for giving me the privilege to serve you as Leesburg Supervisor and as Town Councilmember from 2006 to 2011. I thank you for your input, ideas as well as your comments and criticisms. I greatly appreciate the work of my staff aides and the County staff. I thank YOU for making Leesburg a great place to live, work and play.
And, I will continue to provide you with the highest level of constituent service for the remainder of my term.
God bless you and the wonderful people of Leesburg and Loudoun County!"
All nine seats on the Board of Supervisors -- currently held by the GOP -- are open in this year's election, as are the county's constitutional officers, which include the sheriff, commonwealth's attorney, commissioner of revenue, clerk of the circuit and treasurer.