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Burk, Dopilka enter Leesburg Town Council race

Two familiar faces have entered the Leesburg Town Council race.

Kelly Burk today announced her re-election campaign, meaning all three town council members with seats up for grabs and the mayor are seeking additional terms.

Burk has lived in Leesburg for 34 years, working as a teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools. She first served on the Leesburg Town Council from 2004 to 2007 before being elected as the Leesburg representative to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Burk, a Democrat, sought re-election to the Board of Supervisors, but lost to Republican Ken Reid in the fall 2011 election. In April 2012, Burk defeated Dwight Dopilka in the special election to take over Reid's Leesburg Town Council seat.

Currently, Burk serves as a liaison to the Leesburg Economic Development Commission and to the Standing Residential Traffic Committee. She also recently initiated the creation of the Leesburg Diversity Task Force.

A formal campaign kickoff will be held June 14 at 4 p.m. at the former Leesburg Restaurant location.

Burk's April 2012 challenger, Dwight Dopilka, will also be mounting a campaign this election season.

After falling to Burk in the special election, Dopilka mounted another campaign in November 2012, finishing in fifth out of seven candidates vying for three available seats.

Dopilka has lived in Leesburg since 2002 and currently serves as the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors' liaison to the Leesburg Executive Airport Commission and as a citizen representative on the Leesburg Standing Residential Traffic Committee.

A father of three girls, Dopilka describes himself on his website as a "pro-life, pro-family, limited government constitutional conservative."

Leesburg town elections are scheduled for November 4. Seats currently held by Kevin Wright, Marty Martinez and Burk are up for grabs, as well as the mayoral seat.


It really is a lot of fun to see (in the other local news website comes to mind) where commenters will make things up - like someone called Leesburgfirst, who makes up that Councilmember Burk was appointed to her current seat on the Leesburg Town Council, when clearly she was elected.  Sooooooooooooo, why do those supporting candidates like Mr. Dopilka, think that making things up is an appropriate way to voice an opinion.  Maybe, just maybe, we will see Mr. Dopilka renounce his supporters who make things up, but somehow I don’t think so.  Gee, I wonder why Mr. Dopilke reminds me so much of Tom Dunn.

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