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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!


The Sterling Voter’s Guide is provided as an information resource for any readers interested in my research and opinions. Because of time constraints this year, it only addresses the 2011 election campaign for Sterling District Supervisor, but in future elections I may make it more comprehensive. [NOTE: The "theme" phrases next to each of the candidates' names in the titles were made up by me to match the content of what I wrote, and have nothing to do with what the respective candidates say about themselves.]

If you find the Sterling Voter’s Guide helpful, tell your friends and neighbors in Sterling to visit SterlingVoter.com – it will bring them right here. It’s easy to remember and it might help them each make up their mind and remember to vote on November 8!

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Quick Links For More Information About Eugene Delgaudio:

  • Campaign Web site
  • Facebook page
  • OTHER: Mr. Delgaudio recently gave an extensive interview which you can read by clicking here. Because he did not soft-pedal his answers, the interview stands as a revealing look at the “real” Eugene Delgaudio. Supporters likely will be confirmed in their support; previous non-supporters may or may not change their minds; and those unfamiliar with the Sterling supervisor will be able to decide for themselves what they think of him.

Eugene Delgaudio: Education and Local Ties


Mr. Delgaudio received his bachelor’s degree in political science from York College of CUNY, Queens, New York.

Mr. Delgaudio first became active in the Sterling community in 1998 when he came to fight the proposed “meals tax.” He was elected to the Sterling District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 1999, and was reelected in 2003 and 2007.

Key Quotes By Eugene Delgaudio:

A county supervisor has to use a balance of funding, encouragement, and overarching executive management … It is a unique governmental office.

Why would someone keep a book for 120 days … Why would they keep hundreds of books for two years? That’s tyrannical … I’m now an “enemy of the libraries” because I forced them to collect fees.

The sense of humor is what cuts through and commands mass attention on a routine basis, and it was the savior of the conservative movement.

A Closer Look At Eugene Delgaudio (Republican):

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio has a knack for evoking strong emotions. On the one hand, he has a large group of dedicated volunteers who turn out for him on a variety of community projects throughout the year, and also during political campaigns – both his own, every four years, and those of candidates he supports during local off years.

On the other hand, he drives his detractors nuts – especially the tiny faction of extremely vocal liberal activists who follow his every move and dissect each of his public statements. Their attention to him borders on obsession and he seems to relish unapologetically stating viewpoints that some consider politically incorrect.

What nobody denies is that he is the hardest-working supervisor in the county, with a constant presence in the community, regular communications through his (at minimum) weekly “Dear Sterling American” emails, and persistent involvement in a myriad of local activities. He has raised tens of thousands of dollars from private sources for non-profit organizations and capital improvement projects. He has sent a personal letter to every honor roll recipient at Park View High School for the past 12 years. He sends out news of food banks, pothole repairs, teen job fairs, and much more, as well as warnings about accidents, traffic jams, and criminal activity, and during storms he directs snow plows to the hardest-hit areas.

For a complete definition of the county supervisor position, according to Eugene Delgaudio, click here.

It is his “day job,” as head of Public Advocate of the United States – where he has served since 1983 – that gives his opponents heartburn. With a mission to promote traditional values and with 200,000 contributors, Public Advocate is a prominent supporter of faith-based initiatives, pro-life legislation, the Boy Scouts, and “equality under the law, regardless of one’s sexual orientation.” The latter stance tends to go unnoticed by Mr. Delgaudio’s detractors, who cannot get past the fact that Public Advocate is also a prominent opponent of same-sex marriage and special privileges based on sexual orientation. Some have said he is a “hater” and some have said he is a clown.

Click here for Mr. Delgaudio’s response to these criticisms.

Delgaudio with the late Warren Guerin and Scott York during community meeting to discuss the proposed Sheriff’s substation at Rolling Ridge, which all three were instrumental in bringing to Sterling


Delgaudio addressing the crowd several years later, at the 2010 substation grand opening

Because he is a fiscal conservative and budget hawk on most matters under board purview, he has become the target of criticism that is frequently nothing more than blatant hyperbole. When he pushed to charge fees for use of the Claude Moore Community Center, he was accused of wanting to close the center. When he advocated charging late fees for overdue books at the library, he was accused of wanting to close the libraries. By taking the leading public role on budget matters that are easily demagogued, he makes himself a target. (Click here for background on both issues.)

As Mr. Delgaudio states: “To force others to pay for one’s recreation is tyrannical and wrong. And so I created a new wave of accountability, as just one supervisor.”

Mr. Delgaudio was endorsed by the Loudoun Times, largely on the basis of his work ethic.

His view on social issues is unsettlingly conservative and his antics distracting, but a deeper look demonstrates a public official who works tirelessly for the people of Sterling. We would be lying if we didn’t admit that a moderation of the antics in “The Eugene Show” would be welcome. However, no one works harder for their district than Delgaudio, whose strong constituent service and unabashed push for additional resources have improved life in the Sterling District.

Final Notes On Eugene Delgaudio:

Here is Mr. Delgaudio’s video statement from the Loudoun Times candidate profile page:

Not everyone gets Eugene Delgaudio’s sense of humor – but that is likely because they have not yet gotten to know him. As his Leadership Institute bio says, “Eugene Delgaudio is one of the most interesting, creative, and genuinely funny elected officials in America.”


In September 2010, Delgaudio and community members welcomed soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner to Tart Lumber in Sterling

Most of the resident here do get it, as he is a uniquely effective retail politician. Door-to-door and at community events, he does reflect his stated belief that “Sterling is a microcosm of the world … I come from a background in New York where people were from every country and united in one purpose.”

Eugene Delgaudio is not perfect. His vote against ending the OpenBand franchise agreement is one with which some residents – particularly in those affected districts – will disagree.

On November 8, however, Sterling voters are tasked with neither a canonization nor a coronation, but a choice. The county is facing a $75 million deficit in the upcoming fiscal year and no reason to believe it won’t be worse the following year. Dire financial circumstances require leaders willing to take a hard line on spending.


If you find the Sterling Voter’s Guide helpful, tell your friends and neighbors in Sterling to visit SterlingVoter.com – it will bring them right here. It’s easy to remember and it might help them each make up their mind and remember to vote on November 8!


Quick Links For More Information About Ali Shahriari:

Ali Shahriari: Education and Local Ties


Mr. Shahriari received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Strayer University and is currently completing his masters degree in environmental management from University of Maryland University College, with expected graduation in 2012.

Mr. Shahriari was born in Leesburg and has lived in Sterling his entire life.

Key Quotes By Ali Shahriari:

Does every politician who runs for office in Virginia have to be from New York or San Francisco? Do those from big cities know more than us?

We need to look at what the needs might be in 50 years, not just in the next five or 10 years.

I do not want your money. I want to hear your voices …

A Closer Look At Ali Shahriari (Independent):

Ali Shahriari promises to be a different kind of Loudoun County supervisor. He believes that government has become too removed from the people, and he proposes to rectify that by opening new channels of input through an informal (at first) structure of “People’s Conferences.”


Diagram of Shahriari’s proposed “People’s Conferences.” For more information, see the key at his Web site.

When members of the community are limited in their civic participation to checking a box on a ballot once every few years, or being permitted to make limited comments to the Board, there arises a distance between the small groups residing in each community, and the dominant groups that control political power. By creating “Precinct People’s Conferences” equidistant from the Central People’s Conference, everyone living in Sterling will have equal and continuous access to the members of the Central People’s Conference and thereby to the Central Conference Secretary – a position that will become a dual-role of the Sterling District supervisor.

As Mr. Shahriari explains it, the ultimate goal is a true “rule of the masses” regardless of party or ideology:

Political parties represent interests, interests dictate what political party members decide and this naturally leaves opposing parties and interests without their voices being heard. As “The People’s Candidate,” I want to work alongside ALL Sterling residents to implement the people’s wishes. Precinct People’s Conferences in Sterling will bring all residents of Sterling to the decision making process regardless of their political philosophy.


Shahriari with Gaea Honeycutt of Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Shahriari supports the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms; and he believes we need to “destroy gangs in Loudoun,” create a small-business friendly environment, and keep expenditures within the county’s means.

On the other hand, he favors: “land use and taxing reforms that discourage private monopoly ownership of land”; county-owned pharmacies; and exploring the possibility of a county-wide minimum wage.

Other specific areas where he supports increased spending are: social services assistance to the elderly and needy; more youth services and programs; “ordinances that protect the environment” – which could create new expenses for the county; and cooperative medical and dental health programs. He proposes paying for these new expenses with new sales and alcohol taxes as well as increased business and professional licensing fees.

Mr. Shahriari is a strong supporter of public transportation, because he has used it and apparently found it wanting. He says we need “true public transportation” and increased bus service here.

Clearly, some of Mr. Shahriari’s views are quite revolutionary and very much to the left of America’s political mainstream. But with his conservative positions on gun rights, crime, and fiduciary responsibility he defies easy ideological classification. He might be considered a “liberal,” but from from days past – more of a Reagan Democrat or, considering his ideas on property rights, a Khrushchev Democrat. Yet however we parse it, Ali Shahriari is definitely a throwback to an earlier era and not your conventional modern liberal.


Shahriari with ADAMS Center members

Although he has obviously given a great deal of thought to his positions, most notably regarding the new People’s Conferences, there is one proposal that does not seem to bear the stamp of his training as an economist. On the topic of job growth, he states: “A Loudoun County minimum wage would encourage job growth and sustainable employment.”

On the face of it, this statement would appear to be misconceived. Many economists might argue that – could it be legally implemented – a new, higher minimum wage would have the effect of stifling job creation because of increased costs to employers. This is a proposal needing further consideration and, if pursued beyond the campaign period, debate. Combined with increased taxes on companies, this idea could be a job killer and make it even more difficult to create a more business=-friendly environment than that in Fairfax County.

In all of his public statements, Mr. Shahriari stresses his Loudoun roots and the strong familiarity that comes with growing up here: “I have worked in Sterling. I have worked at the airport … I know the people of the community … Sterling is beautiful.”

Apart from the distinction of running as an Independent (Mr. Delgaudio is the Republican Party nominee and Mr. Nevarez the Democratic Party nominee), Mr. Shahriari occupies a unique position in another way: He is a Muslim and active member of the ADAMS Center. Regardless of the normal political breakdown of the ADAMS Center membership, Ali Shahriari certainly enjoys a degree of exclusive access to the community there.


Shahriari With Imam Mohammad Magid of the ADAMS Center

Unconventionally leftist; Independent; ADAMS Center member: All of these set Mr. Shahriari apart. But the most radical aspect of his candidacy is that he is running a campaign that accepts no campaign contributions. He has pledged “not to receive a single penny of contributions for my campaign and to not spend more then $1,000 dollars of my own funds.”

As surely as the sun will rise in the east tomorrow, if Mr. Shahriari wins or even makes a respectable showing when the votes are counted Tuesday evening, alarm bells will be going off in Leesburg, Richmond and throughout the state. Ali Shahriari has conducted the ultimate low-budget, grassroots campaign, relying exclusively on the Internet, local press, community ties and his own ability to walk the district to get his message out.

On his Twitter feed, he claims 2,120 Sterling residents have assured him their vote, and that a “recent poll” shows him with 68% support so far. Now, his periodic tweets report that he has been burning up the shoe leather around the district – but those numbers seem to defy rational expectations, apart from the question of how exactly he got that poll done.

One thing is for certain: If Mr. Shahriari’s predicted figures are anywhere near accurate, he could have a major impact on Tuesday’s results – and not simply by upsetting the calculations of the major parties.

Final Notes On Ali Shahriari:

When a candidate for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors states that “Sterling is in dire need of political and socioeconomic reform among the diverse population in the area,” the candidate seems to have a mistaken conception of the Board’s proper sphere of influence. But Mr. Shahriari does make clear that he would aim at implementing his reforms on a piecemeal basis.

Similarly, his intentions to seek increased fees on businesses or a “county minimum wage” seem to betray a lack of sophistication in understanding the local economy – yet drawn as they are from essentially position statements rather than in-depth questioning, the seriousness of his proposals is hard to judge fully.

His emphasis on the importance of looking far into the future is admirable, and one gets the impression that, even if he does not win on November 8, he will be back to serve in some public capacity. One hopes some of his more leftist viewpoints would evolve over time, and that we will hear more from him on a variety of issues. In particular, it would be interesting to hear Mr. Shahriari’s views – as an economist – on the county budget shortfall, because that issue is not addressed in any of his campaign materials.

Some of Mr. Shahriari’s key concepts appear to be drawn from the “The Green Book,” which spells out the political philosophy of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. It is arguable whether such ideas were ever implemented in Libya under the Gaddafi regime, but history tell us that such a leftist concept of government has always failed in practice.

Again, Mr. Shahriari in some senses is a centrist in terms of public policy, but to the extent he veers to the left, he veers very far.


If you find the Sterling Voter’s Guide helpful, tell your friends and neighbors in Sterling to visit SterlingVoter.com – it will bring them right here. It’s easy to remember and it might help them each make up their mind and remember to vote on November 8!


Quick Links For More Information About Al Nevarez:

Al Nevarez: Education and Local Ties


Mr. Nevarez has a high school diploma, computer learning center certificate, and one-week course on becoming an “online activist” at the New Organizing Institute (NOI is a project of MoveOn.org).

Mr. Nevarez moved to Sterling in 2008, and in 2011 announced his intention to “reclaim” Sterling.

Key Quotes By Al Nevarez:

An enemy can come in many different forms. The enemy is not always rich and powerful. That a group is my enemy only because they have been tricked or uneducated does not make them any less my enemy.

Most workers are reliant upon federal government spending for their middle class existence…

My wife handles the money. I am thoroughly unqualified to balance a check book. lol!

A Closer Look At Al Nevarez (Democrat):

If Eugene Delgaudio represents the Right, and Ali Shahriari the Left, perhaps Alfonso Nevarez represents the “Mob.”

Indeed, Mr. Nevarez’ February 2011 post at Daily Kos, titled “OHIO: The Next Wisconsin!” was written when he traveled to Ohio to help organize the union protests there, right around the time the following horrific scene was playing out in Madison – which will give you a vivid feel for what Mr. Nevarez appears to wish to spread “Next!” to other state capitals. In the video, a Republican state senator attempts to find a way into the state house while being chased by a mob of pro-union demonstrators.

Click here for more about the public employee unions and Ohio.

A five-year employee of the AFL-CIO, one of the key supporting organizations of “Occupy Wall Street,” Mr. Nevarez has received a huge portion of his campaign funding from the unions, including $4000 from SEIU and $1500 from Food and Allied Service Trades department of AFL-CIO during the past two weeks.

At Mr. Nevarez’ personal Facebook “Activities and Interests” listing, you can see his support for “Occupy” promoters Stand Up For Hoosiers, Stand Up For Ohio and Netroots Nation.

One of Mr. Nevarez’ campaign strategists is Courtney Foley of UFCW.


Nevarez with former Governor Tim Kaine at the opening of Nevarez’ Sterling campaign office

From his statement above that “Most workers are reliant upon federal government spending for their middle class existence,” we can see that Mr. Nevarez has a simplistic understanding of how the economy works. In this worldview, your tax payments (assuming you are a taxpayer) are what allow most Americans to live normal lives. Regardless of the factors that determine your economic well-being, in order for the “middle class” to have better lives or make it through financial downturns, you and others like you need to pay more taxes.

It’s a wildly inaccurate understanding of how the world works, but it is not at all uncommon among pro-union activists as we explain here.

Mr. Nevarez has also stated his belief that “nationalization of our banking system is the most credible solution to our economic crisis.”

Taken together – along with his limited formal education and sweeping conception of his “enemies” as denoted in the first quote above – these beliefs place Mr. Nevarez squarely within the “mob” mainstream.

Daily Kos, the left-wing Web site where Mr. Nevarez is a frequent author and commenter, achieved massive notoriety in 2004 after four Americans were captured and mutilated in Fallujah, Iraq. After the Daily Kos owner opined “Screw them,” a number of former Daily Kos participants – including the John Kerry campaign – severed their ties to the site. Mr. Nevarez began his involvement at Daily Kos in 2006.

Final Notes On Al Nevarez:

Here is Mr. Nevarez’ video statement from the Loudoun Times candidate profile page:

For Sterling voters who believe in the “Occupy” movement and in what the public employee unions are seeking with their activist efforts, Al Nevarez is one of your own and it would be understandable if he is your choice on November 8.

He has said regarding his job at AFL-CIO: “By no means am I a decision maker.”

However, on his campaign Web site he claims he “works to improve the lives of working families across America.”

What does this signify for what Al Nevarez would bring to the job of Loudoun County supervisor?

From all accounts, in person Al Nevarez is a friendly individual, and we must assume that in seeking the Sterling supervisor position he means well. And make no mistake: All those people creating bedlam and bankruptcy in Wisconsin and on Wall Street and around the country are not devils with horns. Unfortunately, uninformed people with misguided goals can inadvertently cause a devolution into chaos despite good intentions.

We can conclude, therefore, that Al Nevarez might do well to spend more time learning about how the economy works, how the middle class actually is financed, and perhaps even how to balance a checkbook, before taking on the complex responsibilities of a member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.


If you find the Sterling Voter’s Guide helpful, tell your friends and neighbors in Sterling to visit SterlingVoter.com – it will bring them right here. It’s easy to remember and it might help them each make up their mind and remember to vote on November 8!




Who I Will Be Voting For On November 8

Sterling District Supervisor: Eugene Delgaudio
Board of Supervisors – Chairman At-Large: Scott York
Sheriff: Michael L. Chapmann
Commonwealth’s Attorney: James E. “Jim” Plowman
Commissioner of the Revenue: Robert S. “Bob” Wertz Jr.
Treasurer: H. Roger Zurn Jr.
Virginia House District 86: Thomas Davis Rust


Find Out WHERE Exactly You Need To Go In Order To Vote Nov. 8

First, go to the Virginia Voter Registration page by clicking here, follow the instructions to fill in the form, and it will tell you what precinct you are in.

Second, click on the little box next to “Polling Place” just beneath the search results, and you will see the name of your polling place, including directions if you need them.


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A candid conversation: Meet the real Eugene Delgaudio

[Click here, or the "continue reading" link at bottom, to read the entire interview.]

Chronologically, the following narrative begins in the late 1960s, with a then-14 year old Eugene Delgaudio clinging to a tree in New York’s Central Park, shouting “THERE go the right-wing fascists!” and pointing into the distance as a mob of 5000 leftists and hippies charges past him, when all along – as he now relates – he was the right wing fascist, who had trespassed into their rally to burn an effigy of Ho Chi Minh.

To speak with Eugene Delgaudio about issues of the day is to unfold a panoramic timeline, because this is a man steeped in the history of politics and ideas. Ask him about something that happened last week or last year and the reference points might include Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan – or other figures from the past too numerous to mention – just as likely as Herman Cain or Sarah Palin.

He brings the past into the present because there is a consistency between what he believes, where he learned it, and what he does today. He hails from the time before principles became archaisms. And more than that, he recalls it all from the perspective of one who was there.

Eugene Delgaudio was Free Republic before there was a Free Republic; he was Tea Party long before there was a Tea Party. And as I learned in the interview, he might’ve been Capitol Steps before there was a Capitol Steps.

The reason for this interview is to give a glimpse of the authentic Eugene Delgaudio, and as you’ve probably gathered by now, it is not a “hard-hitting” interview per se. That wasn’t the point. But even if you are not currently a Delgaudio fan, stick with me for a second and you might see some value in what follows.

You are never going to get any public figure – Supervisor Delgaudio included – to really open up in the context of a hostile cross examination. That’s obvious. What is unique about Eugene Delgaudio, however, is that he really is much more honest than most public figures (this has raised controversy at times … but nothing the supervisor has ever shrank away from, either).

Even the most rabid anti-Delgaudio people must admit two things:

  • Eugene Delgaudio works very hard, and
  • Eugene Delgaudio does not self-censor as proficiently as some

He is not hard-wired to put on airs.

Consequently, once you get him talking, you really can get quite an unvarnished view of Eugene Delgaudio. That’s what I wanted to accomplish because, having known the man for a number of years, the real Eugene Delgaudio is not whom his opponents usually attack – and that fact is very revealing about them.

If you want to criticize Eugene Delgaudio for his conservative beliefs, well have at it. Liberals won’t care for his votes in office, and liberal voters may vote against him. But for anyone who wants to know about how he does his job, why he does what he does and says what he says, for good or ill, you will certainly find that out in what follows. For any opponents who think voters should get to know him better, be careful what you wish for, because love him or hate him Eugene Delgaudio is the real deal.

This year, Supervisor Delgaudio is facing a full-court press from the usual coterie of local antagonists, but now with significant help from outside money and union workers imported to carry the water for a candidate who actually is a union employee, a writer for the far-left Daily Kos site and recent arrival in Sterling – one of Eugene’s two opponents. The other rival for the office is a lifelong Sterling resident who is also very, very far to the left ideologically.

So there is no pretense this year of even putting up a moderate candidate to oppose Eugene Delgaudio in 2011. What his opponents are thinking, who knows? But the following is provided so that supporters, undecideds and even current critics can learn who he is, and decide for themselves whether he should continue to represent Sterling.

NOTE: This interview is long, so the following hyperlinks are provided to make for easier navigation by subject matter. I edited – believe it or not – for length, because there was even more history from the supervisor’s past and more philosophical explanation than is already presented. But for the most part what you read – what follows – is our conversation.


Quick Links To Article Sections

Why the contradictions between who Eugene is, and who his opponents try to paint him as

Retail politics in a diverse community, and righting a wrong in college

“For the rest of your life, you will always have been in Sterling”

Can you be both tough on crime, and a friend to the entire community?

“I come in peace; do you come in peace?”

The man who came to Sterling, and the Meatball Rebellion

Enemy of the libraries?

Supervisor, defined

The hardest-working supervisor in the county

“It is very, extremely annoying to be me”

Ego, money, and accessibility

Humor as an art form

John Grigsby and the Bork battle

To those who say you’re a clown

continue reading…

Preface:   As of this time, I have not been given the decency of any type of response from the other candidates for this race.  I will give them a while longer.  I ask the candidates to stand by their remarks and that is the response I am receiving.  That is conviction and speaks loudly.  Bravo.

 NVTH:  What do you feel is one of your greatest attributes that you believe your opponents are lacking?

 Delgaudio:  One of the greatest attributes is the “total skill level” which includes:

Experience. I have learned how to work with elected leaders on the board and at all the many levels of government. When crime threatened to overwhelm Sterling and Loudoun, it took every bit of teamwork to summon federal, state and local efforts including various elements of the news media with a genuine partnership with hundreds of citizens. Sterling united and turned it all around.

Accessibility. I am able to attend 99 per cent of the frequent meetings of the board of supervisor over the past 12 years and respond to emergencies. My regular job as president of a non-profit allows me to do both jobs.

Accountability. I work every day on Sterling issues and am able to
respond to all my responsibilities using the internet, familiarity with
existing problems and knowing many people and their particular projects or issues.  Many people know I am making progress as I can on issues that would take others longer or not even be able to grapple with some of the issues.

Performance. I have routinely proposed legislation that solves and beats back problems. Even with the hardest of concepts or threats, I have worked with proven methods. One example of a dozen would be the tall grass ordinance which overnight solved a problem of abandoned or fore-closed houses having out of control grass.

NVTH:  An out of control school budget, a multitude of new roads and improved ones, concessions towards businesses and even an over-budget metro system soon to arrive have not been able to bring business to Loudoun.  How do you propose to get business here, where unemployment will drop and the tax-monkey will start being relieved from the backs of residents?
 
Delgaudio:   There is an 80 -20 split with residential housing paying 80 per cent of the revenues and commercial properties paying 20 per cent of the Loudoun County revenues. I am honored by being credited with bringing minor league baseball to Loudoun and their partnership with the Kincora proposal is an example of a significant cultural turning point in attracting business development.
 
Along with the critical role I played in keeping the Redskins, I think
bringing minor league baseball to Loudoun will result in enthusiastic
support from the American business community.
 
I authored the resolution to honor Milton Friedman when America’s
foremost economic expert passed away. Along with the city of Chicago, it was noted by America’s business community that Loudoun County honored a free market giant.
 
There are some massive projects that have meant a great deal to the
business community in Loudoun and the world.
 
For 12 years I have worked as a Supervisor to make sure the planned
Route 28 Tax District road improvements continue without any slowing down. Over $600 million in improvements including 3 new massive interchanges for Sterling have been built.
 
There are millions of dollars in improvements coming with new
acceleration lanes at Sterling Boulevard and Route 28 (southbound) and a new secondary road to ease cut-through in the residential areas. This is a massive signal to companies in the region.
 
I voted for the Hybrid Power plant and recently voted for a “secure data center”. Both proposals will generate 100 million dollars in annual tax revenue in commercial real estate value in their plans. This provides major companies with reliable power from a plentiful local source with no pollution.
 
Pairing Loudoun Water with Luckstone Quarries required years of work as a member of the Loudoun Board and the Water Board. The proposed Five Billion gallon reservoir will permanently supply all of Loudoun’s water even during the worst drought by cooperating with Luckstone and accelerating their planned use of their Loudoun quarry to transition to a reservoir for Loudoun Water. This was a dream and it is now becoming an historic reality.
 
Previously, I worked to helped build and finance the $600 million water treatment plant in Ashburn, the most effecient facility on the East Coast.
 
There no-growth anti-prosperity leftists, like my opponents, who attack these gigantic proposals. The thought of alternative power independent of the traditional electric power grid has arrived and is also extremely valuable to businesses seeking to keep their costs down.
 
And a new “secure data center” is singularly unique in the entire United States– a protective buffer in a already developed area between our county jail and a rock quarry. I supported the “secure data center” in Loudoun, which alone is scheduled to bring in $50 million in commercial real estate taxes when built out. 
 
The taxpayer will see hundreds of millions in increased commercial tax
rate revenues and thousands of new jobs which will in turn provide
revenue and increasd value to other commercial properties (supermarkets, restaurants, service companies — all who pay real estate taxes).
 
To accelerate this kind of growth I need a Republican pro-business
majority that does not take four years to play around.
 
These and other efforts by me and the board members I work with like Chairman Scott York demonstrate the kind of effort I put in to create an environment to attract major business interests here.
 
The direction I have led the board in on financial management as
Chairman of the Finance Committee in my 2nd term or as team player with Chairman York and a pro-business majority in my third term is the kind of economic stability business leaders seek.
 
This pro-business majority has some key people retiring like Susan
Buckley (Democrat) and Lori Waters (Republican) so please elect some new Supervisors who understand the role of the supervisor in encouraging increased future economic growth. 
 
NVTH:  Morals and ethics are being demanded of public servants by the residents.  Is there anything you may be keeping from the voters that might cause reprocussions later? 
 
DelGaudio:   I have been married since 1982 to Sheila and have six children and workdaily as a God-fearing Christian in promoting religious and moral values. I live a frugal life style and am constantly faithful to the genuine traditional values that make Sterling great. 
 
NVTH:  With the impact of illegal aliens taking jobs, utilizing general services, school population explosion, over-crowding homes and earned income leaving the country instead of going back into our economy; how do you propose to promote the proven and successful Prince William County initiative on illegal aliens to Loudouns’ BOS?
 
 
Delgaudio:   I proposed a resolution discouraging illegal aliens from residing in Loudoun. The Republican board majority adopted it. When the current board came into office in 2008, they reversed this anti-illegal alien policy. I hope to bring it back if I am re-elected.
 
I also sponsored a dozen major legislative solutions to tighten up the
overcrowding regulations, make putting cars on lawns illegal, requiring
private residents to cut their grass when it gets to over 12 inches
high, requiring the fixing of roofs and repairing structural problems,
declaring a no-abandoned car zone in Sterling by tightening the laws on junk cars left on our streets and giant trailers and trucks.
 
I helped write the laws requiring “no parking at corners” to allow
rescue vehicles into culvesacs and narrow roads,  hailed and encouraged rolling traffic stops and random checkpoints to discourage drunk drivers and sponsored neighborhood watches.
 
This is a partial list of the many initiatives I have pushed and that
the Loudoun Boards, in my 2nd and third terms, supported.
 
My opponents would roll out the welcome mat for illegal aliens and
look the other way when crimes can be prevented and will reverse many of the tough new laws I have put in place. 
 
NVTH:  As the current supervisor, if re-elected, what do you intend to do to further progress in Loudoun County and how will you go about making it happen? 
 
Delgaudio:   I promise not to vote to raise taxes. I have not for 12 years and will not in the next 4 years.  I will continue to also make sure Sterling is not ignored and can recount the many times county, state and local authorities have quickly reversed the neglect when I notice it and bring it to their attention. Services to Sterling will continue to be the number one goal– we will get what we pay for. 
 
NVTH:  A person of integrity will always admit their mistakes.  Is there any one vote from your tenure on the Board that you wish you could have done differently? 
 
Delgaudio:   I frequently work with Supervisors on a hundreds of issues. We work to convince each other of the merits of our respective strong opinions. Thankfully many times I am right about my dire warnings like raising taxes and being able to cut more.
 
When the proposed land purchase for the now built Woodgrove High School Purcellville School site seemed several million dollars too high, I
spoke against it and voted against it.
 
I have told Supervisors that in light of the many years of lawsuits
costing Loudoun millions of dollars and the years it took to build this
one school due to those lawsuits, the price was about right.
 
I admit that I was wrong in my first term to oppose a land purchase in the year 2000 in the Purcelliville area.  If the county had to buy the land when it was needed it would just not be available in the area where the children are.  And that would require a shift and boundary changes that would be horrific.
 
I applied this turnaround in many more  land purchases and construction costs. I am now considered the most pro-school building Supervisor on the board of Supervisors.
 
I studied and concluded based on the economies of scale, timing and land prices versus the many other variables and used this wisdom or
understanding of financial planning, budgeting and cost containments
over years. And the cheapest land is always the land provided in
proffers but as land becomes extremely scarce in Eastern Loudoun and as our Sterling schools become more and more crowded it seems imperative not to waste many millions more on delays.
 
Combining financial anaylysis and analysts in both the school board and the county on the timing of construction and the amount of money has neted a record construction schedule. Getting surplus funds returned sooner from construction projects and limiting the amount of new debt has resulted in keeping the triple A+ bond rating which results being able to borrow more money at a lower cost.
 
I apply similar logic to other land purchases and construction financing plans. This has resulted in greater savings by building sooner and carefully scheduling construction costs over a period of years as money is needed and not as bonds are approved. This cumultively has resulted in saving many millions of dollars each year.
 
That is how I saved $50 million by proposing to build two scheduled  high schools and was the fifth vote to accomplish that. Loudoun County was able to propose one single contract and achieve enough of a savings to build 2 new elementary schools on schedule .

Falknor nail’s Loudoun’s political class’ “inability to self-correct”.  As always, a “must read”.

Tomorrow’s GOP Convention vs. Loudoun’s Political Class

We can only hope that tomorrow the grassroots will see through the cynical political scheming behind the anointing of a corrupt back-stabbing pol as their newly reminted “Conservative” candidate for Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Here’s a well-reasoned comment deserving of greater attention, and thus now elevated to “blog post” status. 

The commentator, known to many, is an independent (ie non-GOP) conservative activist here in Loudoun. 

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Scott York's "Funhouse Accounting" - Not Funny.

From a recent Friends of Scott York email blast:

“Like every other statistic such as household income, home prices, new cars, and the price of milk, tax rates must be adjusted to current dollars to make accurate economic comparisons — especially to compare today’s rate with the 1980’s when Mr. Stockman served on the Board, when Loudoun had 25% of its current population and when Route 28 was still a two-lane country road. When comparing today’s $1.285 tax rate with the 1980’s, and stating the results in 2011 dollars in accordance with the Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mr. Stockman’s service on the County Board was marked by dramatically HIGHER tax rates than we have today. The adjusted tax rates are as follows, a far cry from Mr. Stockman’s claim that “tax rates today are the highest in Loudoun County’s history”.
•1984 $2.39
•1985 $2.37
•1986 $2.10
•1987 $1.75
•1988 $1.81
•1989 $1.60
•1990 $1.47
•1991 $1.56″

What is wrong with this analysis?

First, Scott York knows that the tax rate was NOT $2.39 in 1984– but asserts that anyway. Even Joe B. says the tax rate in 1984 was $1.10, but only based on an unverified and out of context Washington Post article– where is the original link, Joe, or wasn’t this your research in the first place?

What Scott York does above is attempt to INTENTIONALLY mislead the delegates into somehow thinking

1. the tax rate was higher in 1984 than it is now (when we know $1.30 was the highest in Loudoun history — and Scott York voted FOR the $1.30,) and

2. Stockman did not vote to lower taxes.

Anyone who understands tax rates understands you do not apply a Cost of Living adjustment to tax rates. So York’s numbers in his mailer were simply bogus, intended to mislead and confuse.

Using Scott York’s analysis, if you paid a 30% tax rate (which could be described as $33.33 per $100 of income) in 1984 that would be the equivalent of paying a 75% tax rate today. One percent in 1984 was one percent and one percent in 2011 is one percent.

So York justifies his record of high taxes by using phoney math to say the approximately 1 percent rate in 1984 should be 2+percent in today’s dollars? This analysis from our Chairman of the Board? Yes, if you had a home in 1984 that was valued at $300.000 and the tax was one percent, the tax then would have been $3,000. And the tax on that appreciated home, which would be worth more than a million today, would be $10,000 at one percent. The one percent stays the same but one percent tax in 2011 is a lot more than 1 percent in 1984.

How naive, ignorant or plain dishonest to say the tax rate in 1984 was really 2.39 percent when York knows that is false?

And even looking at Yorks “adjusted tax rates” the plain truth is that taxes went down by more than 30 percent in the 8 years while Stockman was on the Board, in stark contrast to York’s record, where taxes have gone up more than that in the last 4 years where land values have been decimated at the same time. Rising taxes and lowering land values makes it even harder to sell homes…

Your decision, honest math or smoke and mirrors? Who do you want in charge of our budget?