A challenger has filed to run in November against state Sen. William C. Mims (R-Loudoun) -- libertarian candidate Gary C. Myers.

Myers, 48, a Herndon computer consultant and political novice, issued a statement saying his campaign will focus on "tax relief, educational reform and preserving citizens' Second Amendment rights." The Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights covers the right to bear firearms.

Mims won a special election last year after Charles L. Waddell stepped down to become a deputy transportation secretary in Richmond. Mims previously served in the House of Delegates.

The senate district covers all of Loudoun County and parts of Fairfax County.

Two Who Almost Ran

Two other candidates just couldn't make it on the November ballot. But it wasn't for lack of trying.

Marina B. Murdock, who had the Republican endorsement for the Blue Ridge seat on the School Board, had to turn in 125 signatures to the Leesburg election office by the close of business June 8.

She showed up early that day with the signatures, but several of them were rejected by election officials, who said they did not meet state requirements.

So Murdock set out to collect more signatures.

She had petitions in hand when she returned to the election office. Problem was, she showed up about 7:02 p.m. -- two minutes after the deadline had passed. So she was not allowed to turn in the signatures, and her name will not appear on the ballot.

Then there was Joseph W. Keating Jr., who wanted to run as a Democrat for chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Keating, former chairman of the county Electoral Board, had even come up with a slogan: "No-growth Joe."

His problem: Keating failed to file all of the required paperwork on time with the chairman of the Loudoun Democratic Committee. As a result, the committee chairman, David Whitmer, told Keating he could not run as a Democrat.

Soon after, on the deadline day for independents to file, Keating showed up at the election office with his paperwork. But he wanted to file as a Democrat. Keating was told he could not do so without approval from the party.

Keating now says he mistakenly thought he could file as a Democrat and get permission from the party later. He said he thought he would have been able to persuade the Democratic Committee to overturn the chairman's decision.

Long Line Forms for Leesburg Job

Leesburg officials said there are 72 applicants to succeed Steven C. Brown as town manager.

Since Brown resigned in March amid a criminal investigation into possible misuse of the town's credit card, Leesburg's finance director, Paul E. York, has served in the position.

Jay Lambert, a consultant to the Town Council and former county executive in Fairfax, said applications have come from as far as California, Texas, Florida and New England.

Interviews for the $98,000-a-year position will be held over the next several months, according to Nancy Fixx, the town's director of personnel. Fixx said most of the candidates have experience in municipal or federal government.

Town officials have set a Sept. 13 deadline for filling the job.

The town is also working to fill the positions of police chief, town attorney, chief purchasing officer and 18 other administrative jobs.