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In yesterday’s election, Republicans swept all major offices in the Loudoun County government (click here and scroll down to see all results).

Loudoun County winners and your key elected officials for the next four years:

SHERIFF: Mike Chapman
COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY: Jim Plowman
COMMISSIONER OF THE REVENUE: Bob Wertz
TREASURER: Roger Zurn

Board of Supervisors

CHAIRMAN: Scott York
ALGONKIAN DISTRICT: Suzanne Volpe
ASHBURN DISTRICT: Ralph Buona
BLUE RIDGE DISTRICT: Janet Clarke
BROAD RUN DISTRICT: Shawn Williams
CATOCTIN DISTRICT: Geary Higgins
DULLES DISTRICT: Matt Letourneau
LEESBURG DISTRICT: Ken Reid
STERLING DISTRICT: Eugene Delgaudio

In other races, Dick Black won the 13th Senate District seat; Patricia Phillips fell short in her second attempt to take the seat of Democrat Mark Herring in the 33rd Senate District; Randy Minchew won the 10th District seat in the House of Delegates; and David Ramadan holds a 50-vote lead in his bid to win the new 87th House seat over Democrat Mike Kondtratick – a result that likely will be determined after a recount.

The local results represent a stunning, historic triumph for the Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC), which only a week ago was enmeshed in a controversy over a Halloween-themed email. Loudoun voters apparently were far less concerned about that email than about the future of the county.

Congratulations to the LCRC and the successful slate of Republican candidates!

Matt Letourneau, candidate for the Dulles District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, held his campaign kickoff event on May 13 in South Riding. Introductions are by Bob Wertz, Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue, and Jeff Salmon, president of the South Riding Homeowners Association. There were appeared to be about 65-70 supporters on hand, not counting campaign staff – a very good turnout.

As you can see from the video above (or click here to watch the video), Matt is intelligent and articulate and has given a lot of thought to the public policy issues which will be relevant to the board of supervisors over the next four years. Most importantly, he represents a voice for the younger demographic, particularly young couples with families, that makes up a growing portion of Loudoun County. For that reason alone he should get a positive response from the voters in the Dulles District.

Click here for more info on Matt and how to assist his campaign.

(Photos and a longer write up to come later this weekend, I hope; busy weekend ahead ….)

Ken Reid held his campaign kick-off in Leesburg on May 1, with about 65 people in attendance including many elected officials and candidates for office. Ken noted his accomplishments as Leesburg Town Council member, particularly transportation projects completed, and his commitment to supporting the business community in the county.

You can hover your cursor over each picture for a partial listing of who is in each, and click on the photos for a larger version. Below is Ken’s speech (or click here to view).

Crowd at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Ken Reid at campaign kickoff in Leesburg

Attendees at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Dave Schmidt, Geary Higgins and Janet Clarke at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Randy Minchew and Eugene Delgaudio at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

John Stirrup and Bob Wertz at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

John Whitbeck and David Ramadan at Ken Reid kickoff

Eugene Delgaudio and Geary Higgins at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Geary Higgins, Republican candidate for Catoctin District supervisor, held his campaign kick-off at The Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, Virginia a couple weeks back, with about 110 supporters in attendance – a phenomenal turnout with numerous elected officials and candidates in the audience. He stressed the importance of fixing the out-of-control Loudoun County budget, specifically by making the county more business-friendly in order to increase the tax base and reining in school spending.

Click here for more information on Geary Higgins and how you can help the campaign.

You can hover your cursor over the photos for a partial listing of who is in each, and click on each picture for a larger version. Below is the video of his speech (or click here to watch).

Gail Higgins and Roger Zurn in crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Geary Higgins with Grandson Noah

Mike Chapman and Bob Wertz in crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Dean Settle and Verne Dickerson at Geary Higgins campaign event

Callie Chaplow and Shawn Williams at Geary Higgins campaign event

Randy Minchew and Joe May at Geary Higgins campaign event

Patricia Phillips and Gail Hunt at Geary Higgins campaign event

Crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Maureen Whalen, Robert Bruton, Mike Chapman and Dan Whalen at Geary Higgins campaign event

Sharon Schmidt, Dean Settle, Bob Wertz and Dave Schmidt at Geary Higgins campaign event

Janet Clarke and Geary Higgins

Gary Clemens and Verne Dickerson at Geary Higgins campaign event

Matt Letourneau, Joe Budzinski and Gary Clemens at Geary Higgins campaign event

Scott York at Geary Higgins campaign event

Bob Wertz, Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue, had a crowd of about 75 people at the magnificent Merriweather Manor near Leesburg last week for his official campaign kick off. (Thanks to owner Andrew Wright for the amazing venue!)

Having managed a business in Loudoun County for over 5 years, I can attest to the fact that our Commissioner of the Revenue office is a model of government effectiveness and efficiency – as I explained in this post. On top of that, Bob Wertz fully understands the importance of making Loudoun a business-friendly county, and his office is a pleasure to work with. As Bob states, “Besides cutting expenditures and accounting budget, expanding the commercial tax base is the only way we’re going to be able to reduce the taxes on people’s homes.” Hear, hear.

Bob does have a Democratic opponent in November, so if you want to ensure that the Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue office is run by someone who brings continuous improvement and understands the importance of economic development in the county, click here for Bob’s campaign Web site.

Below is the video of Bob explaining the duties of the Commissioner of the Revenue and what he has accomplished since first being elected in 2004. (Click here to watch the video at YouTube.) You can hover your cursor over the photos below for a list of who is in each, and click on each picture for a larger version.

Crowd at Bob Wertz campaign event

Rob Jesionowski, Robert Bruton, Suzanne Volpe at Bob Wertz campaign event

Matt Letourneau, Ralph Buona and Verne Dickerson at Bob Wertz campaign event

Bruce and Cathy Tulloch and Shawn Williams at Bob Wertz campaign event

Bob Wertz, Randy Minchew and Andrew Wright, owner of Merriweather Manor

Mike Chapman and Roger Zurn at Bob Wertz campaign event

Crowd of more than 70 people at Bob Wertz campaign event

Ken Reid, Jim Plowman and Eugene Delgaudio at Bob Wertz campaign event

Randy Minchew and Bob Wertz

Charlie King, Gary Clemens, Mike Chapman and Jim Plowman at Bob Wertz campaign event

At his April 13 campaign event near Leesburg, Mike Chapman, candidate for the Republican nomination for Loudoun County Sheriff in the November, 2011 elections, said that part of his leadership philosophy is “never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t be willing to do yourself.”

Host Patrick Stethem with Mike Chapman at Chapman for Sheriff campaign event

Asa Hutchinson and Mike Chapman at Chapman for Sheriff Campaign event

(Click here to see the complete photo gallery — thanks to Randy Sayles for some of these shots).

More than 70 local residents, including several elected officials and Republican candidates for office, attended through the course of the 2 1/2 hour fundraising event.

Guest speaker Asa Hutchinson, a former Congressman and DEA Administrator, said that he personally witnessed Mr. Chapman’s work “in the crucible, and I can’t imagine anyone could exceed his experience in law enforcement.”

Mr. Chapman said “In 32 years I have enforced statutes at all levels, from local to federal.”

As the only one of the three Republican Sheriff candidates who has worked in law enforcement during the past decade, Mr. Chapman stated that the changes of the past ten years – with increases in terrorism, drugs, gang activity and other crimes – require a Sheriff knowledgeable in the latest law enforcement methods and technology.

For more information on the Mike Chapman campaign, click here to visit his Web site.

You can hover your cursor over the pictures to see a partial listing of who is in each, and click on each for a larger version.

Guest speaker Asa Hutchinson at Chapman for Sheriff campaign event

Doug Satterwhite and Tag Greason at Chapman for Sheriff campaign event

Charles Cooper and Ed Levine at Chapman for Sheriff campaign event

Janet Clarke and Gary Clemens at Chapman for Sheriff campaign event
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Ron Speakman For Sheriff Campaign Event In Leesburg

Ron Speakman, candidate for the Republican nomination for Loudoun County Sheriff, has an engaging manner and warm personality, which partially offset the damp chill of the kind of day best suited for polar bears or yard apes. Those of us too old for the moon bounce and face painting managed to stay relatively comfortable with help from the excellent barbecue, pleasant conversation and occasional stamping of feet to reinvigorate circulation in cold limbs. Hey, outdoor events in April are going to be hit or miss, usually going one of three ways: days of sunshine and daffodils; the kind that bring May flowers; or the ones like today that make us long for summer.

Considering the buzz-kill weather, Mr. Speakman had a nice turnout. I was only there for the middle hour and saw about 45 guests, at least 35 of whom were old enough to vote, and was told a few people had come and gone already. Granting some late arrivals I estimate 45 adults.

It meant all the more opportunity for those who were there to talk to Ron Speakman. As someone attending mentioned, he is much more a “people-person” than a typical retail politician. He has conversations, gives thoughtful answers, and genuinely appears to enjoy the social aspect. This should work out well for him because there will be a decent amount of time and a few more public opportunities to meet more voters between now and the Convention or primary.

Sorry for the small number of photos but it took me a while to get started and then I got cold and had to sceedaddle. Life during wartime, this ain’t. You can hover your mouse over the pictures to see who is in them and click on each for a larger version.

Ron Speakman with Ranjani and Theron Johnson

Michael McPoland, Jen Roberts and Bob Wertz at Ron Speakman campaign event