WINCHESTER — The Winchester Republican Committee has unveiled its full slate of City Council candidates for the Nov. 3 general election.
Two political newcomers will appear on the ballot alongside three incumbent councilors seeking re-election:
- Mayor — Handley High School Latin teacher and community activist Danielle Bostick is challenging incumbent Democrat David Smith, who is seeking his second four-year term. Bostick announced her campaign one week ago.
- Ward 1 — Incumbent Les Veach, who has owned and operated a State Farm Insurance agency in Winchester since 1991, is being challenged by Democrat Richard Bell, who currently serves on the Winchester School Board. Veach, who announced his candidacy in late January, was first elected to council in 2008 and is seeking his fourth four-year term.
- Ward 2 — Daniel Morgan Middle School teacher and sports coach Tim Mondell is challenging incumbent Democrat John Hill, who was first elected in 2008 and is seeking his fourth four-year term.
- Ward 3 — Incumbent Corey Sullivan, a small business owner and employee of Macmesin Corp. in Sterling, is being challenged by Democrat Ryan Hall, who works as marketing coordinator for Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity in Winchester. Sullivan was first appointed to fill an unexpired term on council in 2014, and is seeking his second full four-year term.
- Ward 4 — Incumbent John Willingham, a real estate developer who serves as president of Stoneridge Cos. Inc. in Winchester, is running unopposed. He was first elected to council in 2008 and is seeking his fourth four-year term.
"As Winchester looks to recover from the impact of COVID-19, all five candidates recognize the importance of a city government committed to transparency, honesty and integrity," Winchester Republican Committee Chairman Robert "Bob" Hess said in a media release issued Thursday night.
Veach and Sullivan both said they are committed to keeping Winchester strong during and after the coronavirus pandemic, and Willingham said his financial background and experience with municipal budgets will be crucial as the city is tasked with funding operations during a recession triggered by COVID-19.
Bostick said she and her husband, Dan, moved to Winchester a few years ago after he retired from the U.S. Army.
"When we finally had control over where we lived, we chose Winchester as the place to put down roots and finish raising our children," Bostick said in the release. "I am committed to doing right by the people of Winchester and restoring transparency to City Hall."
Mondell, who has lived in Ward 2 for 26 years, said he is eager to serve the community beyond his classroom.
"I want to work to bring services like banks and restaurants within walking distance of the neighborhoods in the North End," Mondell said in the release. "I will work to ensure a bright future for my family, neighbors and community."
Republicans hope to reclaim a majority of City Council's nine seats in the Nov. 3 election. Democrats won a 5-4 majority in the 2018 general election — the first time that had happened since 1980. Democrats also hold all three of council’s executive positions: president (Smith), vice president (Evan Clark) and vice mayor (Hill).
Also on the ballot this November will be four seats on the Winchester School Board, which is transforming from an appointed body to one whose members are elected. So far, only one person — Ward 1 incumbent Mike Birchenough — has filed campaign paperwork with the Winchester Voter Registrar's Office. School Board candidates are not affiliated with political parties.