As I hope you had a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving, I am wishing you a terrific holiday season. Please try to find a couple of moments each day to find a little quiet time and catch your breath!
When Kristen Umstattd resigns and becomes our next Leesburg Supervisor, the town council will need to appoint someone as interim mayor. This position will last almost one year — the remainder of Kristen’s term.
In the past, the council has appointed someone from the public to serve as a temporary appointment. Some on council want to change that policy. They are advocating that a council member should serve as interim mayor and then run in November for the same seat.
I feel very strongly that it is not in the town’s best interest. By having a council member fill the interim seat, it necessitates yet another temporary appointment for the council member’s slot that might be followed by a special election. Therefore, I will not be putting my name in for the interim mayor. I will continue to serve as vice mayor till November 2016.
However, I wanted you to know that I will be running for mayor in the November 2016 election. Believing that Leesburg is a great place to live and work, I want to serve as mayor to continue to guide Leesburg toward more inclusive and vibrant economy. This includes putting residents first with an emphasis on managing growth and improving all aspects of transportation.
I wanted to make sure you knew that I will be running for mayor in November 2016 and I hope I can count on your support when the time comes. In the meantime, I will continue to serve as vice mayor with whomever is appointed as interim mayor.
Thank you for your support in the past and my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to each and every one of you.