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Josh Thiel Wins Special Election. Trump Happy, Obama Upset, Hillary Clinton Screams, Ken Reid tears up!

February 7, 2018

Loudoun Now reports:

In his second campaign for town office, Joshua P. Thiel has landed a seat on the Leesburg Town Council, according to unofficial tallies in Tuesday's special election.

In a three-way race, the 27-year-old outpaced Neil R. Steinberg and Gwen Pangle. Thiel and Steinberg traded the lead as votes were reported by election officers in the town's 12 voting precincts. In the end, Thiel got 1,484 votes, Steinberg 1,334, and Pangle 423.

Turnout was 11.38 percent.

Thiel will fill the seat vacated by Councilman Ken Reid, who stepped down when he took a job out of the region. The term will expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

Reid came to Black Hoof Brewing on Tuesday night to congratulate Thiel in person. Reid, in tears, told him, "You don't know what it means to see you win this council seat."

Thiel is now the youngest elected official in Northern Virginia, 28-year-old Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) announced at the victory party after the results were announced. "It's good to see fresh faces in local politics-fresh faces, fresh ideas," Meyer said.

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