The Leesburg Town Council will hear presentations from four candidates for an interim appointment to fill the vacant council seat at a special organization meeting. The seven-person council needs to fill a spot vacated by Kelly Burk, who was elected the town’s mayor in the Nov. 2016 elections.
The meeting takes place at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Town Council Chambers.
The four candidates are: Jed Babbin, a former deputy undersecretary of defense in the administration of President George H. W. Bush; Hugh Forsythe, a retired U.S. Air Force major general; Rusty Foster, a public relations firm owner; and Gwen Pangle, owner of a real estate firm.
Pangle finished fourth in the 2016 elections, narrowly missing election. The top three finishers, Tom Dunn, Ken Reid and Ron Campbell were elected, joining Burk, Marty Martinez and Suzanne Fox on the council.
There were 12 initial applicants for the position, and the six current Council members each ranked their top three candidates. Because of a tie for third-place, four will present before the board.
After presenting, the council will deliberate and may appoint one of the four that night, though they have 90 days to appoint a candidate. The council will also discuss whether to have a special election for a full term for the seat in March or November.
It appears the council will select a November election in conjunction with the 2017 Virginia state races, as spring elections tend to have lower turnouts and allow less time to campaign. Hosting a special election just for the Leesburg Council will also create an extra cost for the town.