Town Council

e current Haymarket Town Council took office July 1, 2016, and will sit through June 30, 2018.  

Mission: Provide residents, businesses, and visitors with public services in a fiscally prudent and socially responsible way.

Vision: Where a historic past and a positive future flourish.                               

David Leake
David Leake
, Mayor

David and his family have been Residents of the Town for 19 years.  His wife, Suzanne, and he are blessed with four children and have extended their family to include a wonderful son-in-law.  The 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 Association, 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.


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Joe Pasanello, Vice Mayor

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 its 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.

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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 that needs to be serving 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.
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Susan Edwards, Council Member, ARB Liaison

Susan and her husband Todd along with two children moved to Haymarket in 1996. She has always been involved in the community including being active in her HOA, volunteering in the schools, previously serving two terms on the Haymarket Town Council and several years on the ARB as well as being a founding member of The Haymarket Historic Commission and the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.

Goals:  I would like to see the town move forward without destroying its history.  Just because a building is “old”, does not mean that it cannot be useful. It is extremely important to be able to think outside the box when it comes to development in a small town as well as merge the old and new.  Representing the needs of the residents and listening what they have to say is of utmost importance to me. All things cannot be solved overnight, but if we all work together, we can make a difference and continue growing our small town into a destination and place all want to live and be a part of.

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Connor Leake, Council Member

I had the privilege of being raised right here in town since 1997 and have experienced our growth and changes first hand. The importance of giving back to the community, through personal service, is an integral part of my family and easily developed into my own personal commitment. I am a professional Realtor and chose to work here in town with one of our many businesses, Linton Hall Realty. I also work with Capital Group Benefits as their New Business Developer.  I want to bring a fresh innovative approach to working with our town businesses, and residents, while building on the newly founded professionalism our town has developed. Working to preserve our past while embracing our future is a goal I believe we can accomplish.  I also serve as The Town Council liaison to our Planning Commission Board and I am the PC liaison to our Architectural Review Board. When not working, I have enjoyed volunteering my time as a coach for our local recreational VSA soccer teams and supporting Homes for Our Troops. 

ohn Cole, Council Member

Steve Shannon
Steve Shannon, Council Member, Planning Commission Liaison

Steve and his wife Julie moved to Haymarket in April of 2016.  Steve is a retired US Army Officer where he served for 22 years as a Military Intelligence Officer.  Upon retirement, he served another 14 years as a senior DOD civilian and is also a graduate of the 148th FBI National Academy.  Steve is currently the VDOT Residency Administrator for Prince William County and served on the Haymarket Planning Commission prior to being appointed as a Councilman in July 2017.  Steve is involved with the Planning Commission as the Town Council liaison.

Goals:  I love our little town and the historic values that it represents.  I want to ensure that the integrity of our town government "leads by example" and represent the residents as we should.  I will support all efforts to improve the safety of citizens traveling within our town with a major concentration on pedestrian safety.