Thiel Campbell

Leesburg Town Council members Josh Thiel, left, and Ron Campbell

On June 6, the Times-Mirror published this story, which included a quote from Leesburg Town Councilman Josh Thiel suggesting a “smear campaign” from his colleague Ron Campbell.

Screengrab Campbell

After the story was published, Thiel disputed parts of the report, notably the portion about a “smear campaign.” Take a look at what he posted on Facebook.

Thiel FB post


Below is the voicemail cited in the story. Give it a listen.

Thiel has not responded to numerous requests for comment on this story.


(3) comments


He clearly never said the words, "I'm sorry" or "I apologize". All he did was stick to his guns and say that he believed from the bottom of his heart that he thought he was doing the right thing. This was a lets move on voicemail that the Mayor tried to use as something it was not. How did anyone hear an apology in this recording?


You can try and misinterpret what was said in the voicemail, but what Josh Thiel said in an email about the situation is crystal clear.....

Joshua Thiel
Thu 5/24/2018 2:47 PM


Barbara Notar;

Thomas Dunn, II;

Marty Martinez;

Suzanne Fox;


Ron Campbell;


Kaj Dentler;

Hello Marty,

Since you have referred to me in a number of emails now this email is for you.

The fact is that I received a call from 2 of my neighbors during their dinner to inform me of this situation and last time I checked drinking alcohol and driving is breaking the law, just because she didn’t get caught doesn’t mean she wasn’t breaking the law. Also, Mr. Campbell and I had different people call us about this situation.

I think that if the police were called they would have gotten witness accounts and if you would like, I would be more than happy to go ask Tusky’s for their security footage of that night to get evidence to show you, if you don’t believe the allegations or think it is hearsay, but I don't want it to come to that. Regardless, Leesburg is a small town and word will travel fast. What you are saying is, “since there was not a police report we shouldn’t talk about this?”. We need to work as professionals about this and act as fast as possible.

When it comes to the character of any Mayor of any Town there is an obligation and a certain manner in which to handle yourself and the situation that was described to me wasn’t to that standard. I am trying to do what I think is right for the Town and the people and if you don’t think that the drinking and driving isn’t something to be discussed then that’s up to you. This is a matter that simply can’t be ignored, and I think that it needs to be discussed in a close session.

I have no problem with the Mayor, and I do not wish this to get out at all. We are lucky that my neighbors decided to call me and not the newspaper or take pictures and who’s to say they won’t take this to the paper or even took pictures. I would like to have this meeting to give Kelly the opportunity to speak with ALL of Council before/if this goes public. (Which I hope doesn’t) We are all liable for allegations because when you are campaigning you are put on the spotlight and your character is tested.

I have spoken to the Mayor and she admitted to me that she should have called an Uber and not been driving.

The purpose of the meeting is to make sure this doesn’t happen again and give Kelly the chance to clear the air.

Thank you,


Guess who is not leaving voice messages anymore. Someone needs to advise this young man. The only VM you leave is "Please Call me". Looks like Burk can back stable with the best of em. Or in this case the worst of em

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