David Leake, Mayor
David and his family have been Residents of the Town for 17 years. His wife, Suzanne, and he are blessed with four children, and have extended their family to include a wonderful son-in-law. Family is the heart of their home. Suzanne is a Kindergarten Teacher here in Town at Haymarket Baptist Preschool and Kindergarten. David works as an IT-Telecom/Facilities Manager for an International Company. He has served as Town Mayor, Town Council Member, Planning Commission Chair, and HOA Board Member. He organized and led a Hurricane Sandy relief effort to New York bringing supplies to the local Residents and the Veterans Honor House in Queens. A Church volunteer for Community Thanksgiving Turkey Outreach, Christmas House and Hospitality Team. Gainesville Basketball Association, as a Basketball Coach. And Virginia Soccer Associatiion, as an Assistant Soccer Coach.
Goals: To continue to serve with integrity, and bring a cohesive and ethical Government back to the Town Residents.
Have an Organization Assessment done to ensure that we are serving our Residents to the very best of our ability and providing the best quality services at a minimum cost. Smart growth is vital and I will continue to promote and work with businesses to establish a business friendly walking Town and community where residents can work, shop, and play. Establish a Police Department that can professionally and ethically serve our Town.
Steve Aitken, Vice Mayor
Steve has been a resident of Haymarket since 1997. He has been active in his community for over 20 years. He volunteers with the Fairfax County Fire Dept (since 1990), Greenhill Crossing Homeowners Association (since 1999), and Town of Haymarket (since 2002) serving on the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and now a Council Member. He is a Program Manager for a large Information Technology defense contractor. Having raised 3 kids here in Haymarket, Steve would like to maintain the "small town" feel we have had throughout the years.
Goals: To help bring the Town Council back to making decisions based upon the Town's needs rather than a personality driven approach.
To help empower the Town Staff do their jobs and not micromanage their actions.
To continue our smart growth initiatives (like PACE West) along with finishing the Street Scape Project.
Joe Pasanello, Council Member
Joe and his wife Cathy joined the Haymarket Community in 2011. A family oriented person, Joe volunteers and advocates for cancer research, and believes that Haymarket has untapped potential. Joe also believes that the future of Haymarket resides with it's Residents, Business Owners, and a dedicated Town Staff working together to make Haymarket the jewel of the County. Joe is an undergraduate of Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), summa cum laude, and holds a Master of Business Administration, magna cum laude, from WCSU as well.
Goals: Restore confidence in Town Government by bringing a consensus driven approach to problem solving and decision-making.
Evaluate and assess all levels of Town Government to ensure residents receive a fair value for Town services.
Promote smart growth initiatives, increase opportunities for business expansion and revenue enhancement/rateables and focus on efforts to improve opportunities for a walkable community and enhance safety for pedestrians.
Explore and promote transit opportunities wherever possible.
Chris Morris, Council Member
Chris was born in a small Caribbean island called Jamaica, and migrated to the United States in 1998. After spending five and a half years in Miami, Florida, he relocated his family to Virginia where they served in full time ministry for three years. He, his wife, and son, have been residents of Haymarket since August 2007. His wife Dalia has been managing a local store, Cupcake Heaven, since 2008 and his son Matthew has since graduated from Battlefield High School and is now attending NOVA. He has been involved with his HOA (Longstreet Commons) serving for two years, and has served as the vice president for one year.
Goals: "My main goal is to help restore the town residents’ confidence in a council that is selected to represent them and whoneeds to be serving in the best interest of the town".
Other areas of concern are:
The Police Department - Restore the confidence in our police department;
Family Center – Creating a place within the town's limits for families to enjoy;
Physical Image – Making sound and informed decisions on the old buildings within the town;
Small Business – Creating a strong, friendlier relationship between the council and small businesses.
Matt Caudle, Council Member
Matt and his wife Beth have been married for 27 years and has three children - Lindsey a VA Tech Grad, Alyssa a Liberty Grad and son Ryne going off to Walters State JUCO to play baseball. They have lived in Haymarket since 2003 and prior to that moved to Gainesville in 1996. He is originally from this area having grown up in Fairfax and Manassas while Beth is from PA. When he was a kid, in the days before 66 was built, his family used to stop at Gossom's Store on the way to his grandparents house in Woodstock, VA. Haymarket was a little town then on the way to the Shenandoah Valley. Needless to say times have changed! His family is active in Grace Life Community Church in Bristow and enjoys sports and the outdoors. "I count it a privilege to serve the Town of Haymarket and want to continue to make this a great place to live, work and raise a family".
Goals: "I want to see the Town of Haymarket be more business friendly in a family atmosphere. In the busyness of my life, my desire is to see us promote a safe place where we can all raise our children in a thriving and caring community".
Pamela Swinford, Council Member
Pam has been a Resident of the Town for over seven years, after previously moving 22 times, while her spouse was an Active Duty Army Officer, with over 28 years of service. She has two children. Her daughter graduated from Christopher Newport University and is pursuing higher education. Her son is a Sophomore at Battlefield High School. Pam is a Certified Interior Decorator and currently works at The Very Thing Consignment store in Town. She has held many jobs to include working as an Assistant Station Manager for the American Red Cross, and as a Course Facilitator for the U.S. Army's Command Spouse Courses for U.A. Army Europe. She has volunteered at Tyler Elementary School, Battlefield Choir Boosters, local Boy Scout Troop, and the Town to prepare Christmas packages sent to service members overseas. She has served as Chair and Board Member of the Town's Architectural Review Board, and was instrumental in the renovation of the two historic buildings on the Town property (Hulfish House, and Old Post Office).
Goals: To focus on the promotion and support of local businesses within the Town and allowing for the growth of new businesses.
To focus on a better working relationship with Prince William County Government.
To continue to support preserving historical buildings and the demolition of condemned buildings.
To create Ethics regulations for all Town Board positioins which will include the reduction of Conflict of Interest issues.
To focus on the desires and needs of the Residents of Haymarket.
Kurt Woods, Council Member
Originally from the Midwest, Kurt and his wife moved to the area in 2010 and then to the Town of Haymarket in 2013. Kurt works for an IT management and consulting company in Manassas and is very involved in the Prince William campus of McLean Bible Church. Kurt enjoys running, walking, biking, and rollerblading through town with his family and is looking forward to the completion of the Streetscape project. Other interests include music and photography.
Goals: To promote a business friendly Haymarket and therefore encourage the beautification and renovation of abandoned buildings in Town.
Advocate for the young families of Haymarket and provide an energetic and youthful perspective to the Town Council.
Robert Weir, Chair
Matt Caudle, Council Liaison
Architectural Review Board
Kenneth Luersen, Chair
Pamela Swinford, Council Liaison
John Parham, AIA
Ralph Ring, Liaison to the Planning Commission