Leesburg council member joins 33rd District Senate race

By Nathaniel Cline, Mar 19, 2019

Leesburg Councilwoman Suzanne Fox has announced she is running for the state Senate in the 33rd District.

Fox, who is expected to seek the Republican nomination, hopes to take on incumbent state Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-33rd), who was elected in January to succeed Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-10th) in Virginia’s Senate.

Fox said her priorities include improving educational choice to ensure that all students have a quality education in a safe environment, expanding the local economy and providing infrastructure to support that growth.

“I felt like it was important that northern Virginians have a real choice in the 33rd District,” Fox said. “It seems to me that while many in Richmond have been exclusively focused on hyper-partisan, divisive issues that attempt to paint voters into a corner, there has been less attention paid to the important issues that affect virtually all of us on a daily basis.”

She added, “I believe that northern Virginians are pragmatic and want commonsense solutions, and many feel that no one is advocating for the issues they care about. When I saw that no one else was stepping up in my district to offer that choice, I felt like it was important for me to do so.”

Fox has served on the Leesburg Town Council for two terms since 2014 and as the vice mayor for two years.

She has served as the council’s representative on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Planning Coordination Advisory Committee and on Loudoun County’s Court House Grounds and Facilities Committee.

“If voters in the 33rd District want an extremist focused solely on divisive issues, I am not their candidate,” Fox said. “If they are looking for genuine, pragmatic representation in Richmond, someone to roll up their sleeves and work on the issues that really impact the lives of Northern Virginians every day, then I am their candidate.”

Fox is the owner of Legacy Weddings, a wedding planning and coordinating business, and is a civil celebrant in Virginia. She holds a degree in social work from Brigham Young University.

In January, Boysko defeated former state delegate and businessman Joe May by nearly 40 percent of the vote. No Republican has held the state Senate’s 33rd District seat since William C. Mims in 2006.