City Council - First Ward

Les Veach
Elected to Council: 2008
Term Expires: 2024

217 South Washington Street
47 West Jubal Early Drive (Work)

(540) 303-6000 Phone

Mr. Veach is a local small business owner, operating his State Farm Insurance Agency since 1991. He was elected to the Common Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Mr. Veach was voted Vice-Mayor in 2013 and Vice-President in 2018. Mr. Veach graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Mr. Veach lives in Ward 1 with his wife, Sabra, and three children.

Community Involvement

  • 2nd generation State Farm Insurance Agent since 1991
  • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival - Apple Club Chair, 2009-present
  • Kiwanis Club - Member, 2014-present
  • Child Safe Center Board member
  • Opequon Presbyterian Church - Sunday School Teacher, 2006-present
  • Exchange Club - Member, 2003-2010 and Treasurer and Exchangite of the Year, 2006-2007
  • Shenandoah University Athletic Association, 2007-2010
  • Top of Virginia Chamber and Chamber Business 2 Business Member
  • Graduated from the City's INSIGHT Citizen's Academy and Winchester Police Department's Citizen Police Academy
  • 2019 Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Greater Good Awards - Citizen of the Year nominee
Richard Bell
Elected to Council: 2020 (Appointed)
Term Expires: Special Election

119 Peyton Street

(540) 722-3118 Phone

Mr. Bell is a downtown business owner of The Adams Companies and principal broker of Adams-Nelson & Associates, Inc., a commercial real estate firm. He was appointed to the Common Council in November 2020 with a term ending December 31, 2021. Mr. Bell also served on the Winchester School Board from July 2012-June 2020. Mr. Bell is retired from the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and is graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Urban and Environmental Planning.