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Steinberg withdraws from Leesburg Town Council special election

Neil Steinberg has officially withdrawn from this year’s race for the Leesburg Town Council special election. He plans to run in 2018, for a full four-year term, instead.

“We decided that running two campaigns in eight months was not productive,” Steinberg said in a prepared statement.

The owner of Photoworks and martial arts instructor at United States Taekwondo initially decided to run on the platforms of promoting respect among council members and keeping residents informed.

Josh Thiel, one of the remaining two candidates for the special election seat, heard about Steinberg’s announcement when they spoke after a council meeting.

“I wish him the best in everything that he is doing in the near future,” Thiel said. “He cares, and that’s all the people [of Leesburg] can ask for.”

Thiel plans to run for both the special election and the full term in 2018. Local businesswoman Vanessa Maddox has launched a campaign as well.

Three seats will open up for the 2018 election: Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox’s, Councilman Fernando “Marty” Martinez’s and whoever will take Councilman Hugh Forsythe’s seat in the special election. Mayor Kelly Burk’s seat will also open because Leesburg elects mayors every two years.

Steinberg will officially kick off his 2018 campaign next spring,he said, though he is already welcoming volunteers and contributions.

“I wish to thank my supporters who signed my petitions (we had more than enough signatures) and look forward to repeating that process next year,” he said.

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