Leesburg Election Guide 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Leesburg and Loudoun County this year.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Leesburg Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Just click on the links below to read more about each one and bookmark this page for future updates.
Absentee voting has already started and continues into early November. Information about absentee voting (how, where, and whether you qualify) is available here.
On Nov. 6, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look up your voting precinct here.
You can also look up what is on your ballot through the State Board of Elections website.
Leesburg Town Council
- Kristen Umstattd: Mayor Kristen Umstattd Announces Re-election Bid, Q & A: Mayoral Candidate Kristen C. Umstattd
- Linda Shotton: Leesburg Resident Linda Shotton to Run for Mayor, Q & A: Mayoral Candidate Linda Shotton
- Katie Hammler: Katie Sheldon Hammler Seeks Lower Tax Rates, Homeowner Affordability, Councilwoman Katie Hammler Seeks Third Term, Q & A: Town Council Candidate Katie Hammler
- Tom Dunn: Thomas S. Dunn Seeks Change in Upcoming Election, Campaign Kickoff: Thomas S. Dunn, Q & A: Town Council Candidate Tom Dunn
- David Butler: David S. Butler Focused on Enhancing Quality of Life, Dave Butler Officially Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign, Q & A: Town Council Candidate David Butler
- S. Ann Robinson: S. Ann Robinson Announces Town Council Candidacy, Town Council Candidates Adress Voters During Q & A, Q & A: Town Council Candidate S. Ann Robinson
- Jim Sisley: First Time Candidate Jim Sisley Seeks Win, Q & A: Town Council Candidate Jim Sisley
- Robert Zoldos: Former Town Council Member Running for Re-Election
- Dwight Dopilka: Dwight Dopilka Holds Campaign Kickoff, Q & A: Town Council Candidate Dwight Dopilka, Town Council Candidates Adress Voters During Q & A
- Joseph Mydlinski: Write-in Candidate Joseph Mydlinski Seeks Change, Q & A: Town Council Candidate Joseph Mydlinski
Virginia Constitutional Amendments
There are two Virginia constitutional amendments on the ballot. The Virginia State Board of Elections has created this brochure explaining the issues.
10th Congressional District
Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf has served the 10th district since 1981. He did not face any primary challenge this year and in 2010 defeated Democrat Jeff Barnett with 63 percent of the votes to Barnett’s 35 percent. This year, a Democrat and an independent are looking to unseat Wolf.
Defense cuts and political gridlock in Washington were the focal points of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates (and former Virginia governors) George Allen and Tim Kaine. The debate was in September in McLean. Here’s more on each candidate:
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been criss-crossing the Commonwealth for months trying to woo swing state voters. President Obama is looking for a repeat victory in the Old Dominion. Gov. Romney handily won the Virginia primary against Rep. Ron Paul. Independent candidate Virgil Goode will also be on the Virginia ballot, along with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein.
Recent appearances in Virginia by President Obama and Gov. Romney include:
- Gov. Romney in Springfield in September
- President Obama in Woodbridge in September
- Gov. Romney in Fairfax City in September
- President Obama in Leesburg in August
- Gov. Romney in Manassas in August
See these articles on the other candidates:
- Virgil Goode Campaigns for President Against the Odds
- Gary Johnson 2012: The Libertarian Revolution will not be Televised
- Green Party's Jill Stein: The Occupy Candidate
Here are results from 2008 from the major areas of Northern Virginia when then-Sen. Obama faced Sen. John McCain in the presidential election (this does not include third party candidates):
- Alexandria City – Obama 71.73 percent; McCain 27.25
- Arlington County – Obama 71.71 percent; McCain 27.12
- Fairfax County – Obama 60.11 percent; McCain 38.93 percent
- Loudoun County – Obama 53.66 percent; McCain 45.41 percent
- Prince William County – Obama 57.51 percent; McCain 41.62 percent
- Spotsylvania County – Obama 46.04; McCain 52.91 percent