Town Council

Current Haymarket Town Council took office July 1, 2018, and will sit through June 30, 2020.  

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 21 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.  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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Susan Edwards, Vice Mayor

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. 

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.

Bond Cavazos, Council Member, ARB Liaison 

Robert Day, Council Member 

Madhu Panthi, Council Member 
Madhu Panthi’s American journey was started eighteen years ago after immigrating to the United States with family from Nepal. He has served as Planning Commissioner three years ago and has also served as liaison between Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board. His experience as a community organizer, public servant, husband and father has taught him that strong families and engaged neighborhoods are the key to Haymarket future. As the town grows and evolves, Madhu believes that bringing together the best that our community has to offer is crucial to the Town of Haymarket’s success, block by block and group by group. Since nominated he has shown his commitment to this belief by immersing himself into efforts like the move toward revitalizing the Reading Viaduct and the planning work of the Town of Haymarket. Madhu has been married for 20 years, his son has recently been accepted with honors to Virginia Tech and his daughter attends Reagan Middle School in Haymarket, Virginia.
Madhu began a career in Healthcare Administration after he finished his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and currently he is the Supervising Administrator for 4 Healthcare facilities in the DC Metro area.


•To upheld the principles of the town of Haymarket; openness, integrity and honesty and will continue. •To be available to all my fellow Haymarket residents on a face to face basis. •To make certain our excellent police department stays strong to maintain the safety of ourcitizens and environ. •To do my best to see that the growth of our beautiful town is done responsibly and minimizesthe impact on the quality of life for our citizens. We need to ensure that the effects of residentialand commercial development are completely mitigated before allowing new projects to moveforward. •To never compromise the well-being of the public and environment by serving interestsmotivated by profit. I will not be swayed by special interest groups.