Fresh off a November victory, Leesburg Town Councilwoman Suzanne Fox is hoping for another win on Election Day 2019.
Fox announced this week she will challenge State Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-33), who herself just recently won her seat in a January special election to fill the unexpired term of Jennifer Wexton.
Fox said recent General Assembly headlines and a bill regarding late-term abortion, which was co-sponsored by her opponent, prompted her to throw her hat in the ring for the state seat. She also noted that becoming a grandmother for the first time in October made the abortion debate all the more real to her.
“I’m a heartbeat to heartbeat person,” she said.
In addition to her pro-life position, Fox said her campaign will be about combating extremism—on both sides of the political aisle.
“There is a disregard for the rule of law. I’m having a tough time with that. I’m seeing people go way to the left and the right, and that extremism is trickling down to the local level,” she said.
She said individual freedoms are slowly being eroded, something that is of great concern.
“I see the Constitution being kicked to the wayside. Liberty is a big thing for me. I’m seeing life and liberty being assaulted. There are lots of regulations against the pursuit of happiness. I’ve got to do something about it. I’m seeing people too scared to speak out,” Fox said.
School choice is another important issue for Fox, as is ensuring that Northern Virginia get its share of transportation dollars. On the latter, she points to her years serving on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s advisory board.
“It seems that when [legislators] go to Richmond they don’t bring the tax money back here. I have to get down there and find out why,” she said.
Fox said she will seek the Loudoun County Republican Committee nomination for this race, something she chose not to do in her recent Town Council re-election bid. Regarding that decision, Fox said it was a hard one to make, but she wanted to follow the Town Charter which notes that council seats are to be non-partisan.
“I’m a proud Republican, but I will act on principle, not party,” she noted.
Fox acknowledged that the political environment for Republican candidates in Northern Virginia is difficult, as the state turns more blue and fewer Republicans are being elected or re-elected.
“I know what I’m up against,” she said. “But I’m more afraid not to run. This is a call to service.”
Fox has served on the Town Council since 2014. She and her husband, Bill, have been Leesburg residents since 2003.