New face enters Leesburg Town Council race
Suzanne Fox is the first new challenger for a town council seat. Four seats are up for grabs, including Mayor Kristen Umstattd's, who has served as mayor for six terms.
Fox, who will be seeking her first elected seat, explained that she has been put off by recent decisions made by the Town Council.
"There are a few issues that concern me as a business owner and a resident,” Fox said. "I want to see if I can bring a little bit of balance and a new perspective."
One thing, Fox said, that she found particularly dismaying was the Council's recent letter of endorsement of Medicaid expansion to the state government.
“I think it's a state issue and a federal issue and not a town issue. I don't think advocacy is role of the Town Council,” Fox said.
While Fox has never run for an elected seat, she's no stranger to the process; her husband, Bill Fox, represents Leesburg on the Loudoun County School Board. Suzanne and Bill Fox worked together in Bill's inaugural 2011 race, where he edged out incumbent Tom Marshall by 86 votes.
Fox said she learned a lot about campaigning through the experience. And although she thought twice about running, given her husband's position on the School Board, she ultimately decided she had something new to offer.
“[His position], it could affect my campaign. I'm a different person though,” Fox said. “But, we both share a passion about being active in our community.”
Fox and her family, which includes three daughters, moved to Leesburg in 2003. Her oldest daughter lives in Providence, RI and her two younger daughters are a senior and sophomore at Loudoun County High School. Fox owns or co-owns two businesses in town: Legacy Weddings, a wedding planning company and Weddings on Wirt Street, a small-event venue.
Fox plans to announce a formal campaign kick-off later this month.
The Leesburg town elections are scheduled for November. Seats for Kevin Wright, Marty Martinez and Kelly Burk are up for grabs, as well as the mayoral seat. Umstattd, Martinez and Wright have indicated they will seek re-election.