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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

Board of Supervisors

CHAIRMAN: Scott York
DULLES DISTRICT: Matt Letourneau

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!

There was an email this morning from Mike Chapman notifying that tonight’s hastily-called “debate” interfered with one of his previous commitments so he could not make it.

Now the following from Scott York:

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Scott York

As planned for many weeks, Scott York will participate and speak at a fundraiser for Republican Board of Supervisors candidate Ken Reid on the evening of July 7 in Leesburg. Reid and York announced their formal support for each other’s nominations last month. This event is one of the final opportunities for both campaigns to solicit delegates for the upcoming Loudoun County Republican Convention. The deadline to file as a Delegate is Sunday afternoon, July 10.

Recently, the 10th District Republican Committee announced a debate on the same evening for candidates in the contested races for Chairman and Sheriff in Loudoun County. Scott York was invited and would enjoy another debate with his opponent, Steve Stockman.

This debate could’ve provided such an opportunity, but Scott has declined to participate and notified 10th District Chairman, Howie Lind, several days ago. The reasons are simple:

(1) the York campaign already has an important event scheduled with prospective delegates on the same evening, and no desire to cut short Scott’s participation to rush to a debate that was scheduled with knowledge of the Reid-York event; and
(2) the York campaign’s focus this week is on recruitment of delegates to the Republican Convention prior to the deadline this Sunday.

We are unsure why the event is continuing to be advertised after we declined to participate.

Instead, please come join us in supporting Ken Reid (flyer here) and Scott York by attending the fundraiser and signing up as a delegate. For more information go to or contact the campaign at 571.934.6144.

So the two people who are certainly the front runners won’t be there and this event is still being advertised as a “debate”? It takes logistical skills to put such an event together, especially within less than 3 weeks of the vote, and whoever is driving this bus clearly does not know what they are doing. You can’t just decide “hey, let’s have a debate” and expect everyone to clear their schedules the following week.

If you were planning to drive to Leesburg tonight, don’t bother.

More from the accumulated mail: Mike Chapman is running his own campaign and, I can tell you, if I ever run for office I would ask him to consult.

You will recall Chapman set off a firestorm of sanctimony several months ago when he mailed out the first postcard.

Chapman's very uncivil postcard

By any measure this was a perfectly typical political campaign comparison piece. Oddly, two of Chapman’s opponents (Mark Davis and Verne Dickerson, who have both since dropped out of the race) decided to make a public statement that this was somehow a breach of “civility” and decided to create a “pledge” as a sign of their displeasure and supposed moral high ground. The two opponents – who are decent, intelligent men but also with terrible PR instincts (in other words, novices) – came off looking silly and neither campaign ever got any traction. I believe starting off with such an indefensible defensive posture put them in a hole they never got out of.

To his credit, Chapman sent out the same postcard two more times. That, my friends, is strategic campaigning: Identify where the opponent is muddled or inaccurate, keep the opponent in that space as long as possible, and when the opponent reveals the weak spot keep poking it. Also, never apologize.

Then recently, Chapman sent this bottom one out:

Mike Chapman's second campaign postcard

Chapman's second postcard is even more uncivil

Oh, most uncivil cut of all. Let me point out the genius of this piece. For one, it is super-cheap. It screams “my neighbor got a two-color printing press at a yard sale and printed these for me by running the cards through twice.” This is not a man who wastes money when he knows it does not require a lot of money to get the job done effectively. Second, it is pointed, direct, and even with a couple near-subliminal touches (the “9/11″ dividing line that I marked in yellow is hard to make out, given the economy print job, but it could be picked out). Yeah it is smudged because the ink was not allowed to dry long enough … but that is part of the charm of true grassroots, guerrilla marketing. Bravo.

NOVA TownHall is conducting interviews with the candidates for the office of Loudoun County Sheriff in the 2011 elections. The first interviews are with the Republican candidates. NOVA TownHall will offer the same opportunity to any Democratic candidates for sheriff who may enter the race, and also extends an open invitation to Sheriff Steve Simpson to be interviewed and to rebut any criticisms which may be leveled against him on these pages.

Mike Chapman Loudoun County Sheriff Candidate

Click here to read the interview with candidate Mark Davis.

Click here to read the interview with candidate Verne Dickerson.

Click here to read the interview with candidate Ron Speakman.

Mike Chapman is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Loudoun County Sheriff. He will face off against two other candidates in the July 23 Convention to represent the Republican Party in the November, 2011 elections.

Click here to learn more about Mike Chapman at his campaign Web site.

NVTH: Why do you want to be Sheriff?

Mike Chapman: With young children at home and with plans to spend the rest of my life here with my wife Ann, I want to protect families and make Loudoun the safest county in the nation. I will be tough on traditional crime; drugs, gangs, and illegal immigration, but will also attack emerging crime issues like cybercrime, human trafficking, financial crimes, and crimes against the elderly.

I feel I am the only candidate who can effectively produce results. With 32 years of continuous experience, I have had successful careers in local, federal, and private sector law enforcement. I can tie technology together with local and federal partnerships to provide high performance, efficient service and best value to our residents.

As a resident of the fastest growing county in VA and one of the fastest growing and wealthiest counties in the nation, I feel we deserve better. That is why I am in the race and why, early on, I introduced my Step Up plan to improve service, technology, efficiency and professionalism. Step Up has vision, goals, and a pathway to success.

I encourage our readers to visit my website to learn about my background – my work as a private sector expert consultant; my local experience that afforded me opportunities to serve in the functions of patrol, SWAT, and criminal investigations; and my federal experience as a DEA Special Agent that allowed me to partner with local counterparts to successfully disrupt the MS-13 gang, direct hundreds of agency employees and multi-million dollar budgets, and to arrest some of the most notorious drug traffickers who have ruined the lives of so many throughout the United States. Please visit: Also, please take a moment to look at the endorsements I received.

NVTH: How long have you lived in Loudoun County?

Mike Chapman: I have been a resident in Loudoun County for two years; was born in Washington, DC; and spent the majority of my life in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. I lived in Stafford, VA from 2000 to 2003, and maintained a permanent residence in Virginia until 2006. I lived in Maryland until age 28 when I began my national and international service to our Country with the DEA. My goal, once completing my service with the DEA, was to return to this area – specifically, Loudoun County. My wife and I consider Loudoun County our home.

NVTH: Why are you a Republican?

Mike Chapman: I have conservative values that align well for me with my family and religious beliefs. I believe in freedom, family, limited government, and that hard work is the key to success. A strong work ethic, I feel, enabled me to achieve an outstanding law enforcement career, an undergraduate degree and a Masters in Public Administration (all while working full time and raising a family). Freedom to pursue goals and achieve success is what makes the Republican Party appeal to me.

NVTH: Why do you think Steve Simpson should be replaced as Sheriff?

Mike Chapman: When I look at the growth of this county, changing diversity, and the lack of involvement the current sheriff has with other law enforcement partners, it is apparent to me that Simpson’s ability to remain effective has long passed. This county needs vision, fresh leadership and someone who knows how to tie the private sector, federal sector and local government together to bring about positive outcomes. It is time to break a pattern of behavior that does nothing to move this county forward and pursues agendas for reasons other than what is best for citizens of this county. We need fresh, innovative thinking and a Sheriff’s Office that is responsive to the needs of the community it serves.

NVTH: If elected, what are your top priorities?

Mike Chapman: My priority is to make Loudoun safer for families, and to have the most efficient Sheriff’s Office in the nation. Deputies serving one of the wealthiest counties in the nation should not be at the lowest end of the retirement spectrum, paid less than surrounding counties, or be in constant fear of losing their jobs. That type of environment inhibits success, facilitates turnover and costs Loudoun County residents more in the long run.

I would restructure the department for efficiency and apply the savings to our most important assets, our human resources. I would encourage, through incentives, continued education and training (mostly through cost effective on-line training) to further professionalize the Sheriff’s Office. Simply put, we need to take care of those who take care of us.

Next, we attack crime. We do it methodically, through research, partnerships and smart policing. We determine crime impact, danger, and frequency – we merge our findings with citizen concerns and we apply our resources appropriately. We also engage our community in highly interactive neighborhood “real time” watch programs so that they become part of the solution.

Crime and safety issues constantly evolve, require regular evaluation, and flexible strategies. Look at how much policing has changed since 9/11! I have spent eight months listening to the community and will continue to do so through weekly coffees our town hall meetings. I have talked with many deputies and I thoroughly reviewed the ICMA (independent consulting firm) study to determine what concerns the Board of Supervisors had regarding the performance of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. I will continue to reach out to our community, review crime statistics, and studies – and will channel our resources appropriately.

This should bring in some support for the Chapman campaign – just came across the email:

Former Loudoun County Sheriff Nominee, Greg Ahlemann, Endorses Mike Chapman for Sheriff – cites Mike’s conservative values and ability to lead in the 21st Century

June 8th, 2011


The elections taking place this year are of great importance to the direction and future of our country and our communities. Change takes place at the local level where, as voters, we can directly influence this change. After watching the federal government grow and politicians fight to hold on to power at all cost, I have witnessed the same sentiment in our backyards. The sense of entitlement should be disturbing to all Americans and it is rampant at all levels of government. Specifically, we are now looking at the possibility of a Loudoun Sheriff who feels the entitlement to hold office for two decades, maybe more. This change begins here and begins now.

After speaking with the Republican Sheriff’s candidates, consulting current and former deputies and studying the platforms of all running for the Republican nomination, I have decided to endorse one candidate. While I’m sure the other two are good men, one stands out from the rest. He represents, what I believe, is the only candidate who can unseat a career politician in November. The man I speak of is Mike Chapman. As the Republican nominee for Sheriff of Loudoun in 2007, I am confident that Mike is the right man to be not only the Republican nominee but also the next Sheriff of Loudoun County.

Unfortunately, this time of year there are many plans and ideas being thrown out on how to solve the many challenges facing the future of Loudoun County. Quite frankly, after looking and listening to all three candidates’ ideas, it become very clear that Mike Chapman is the only one who has a realistic plan. Many times statements are made that are good sound bites but they are simply impractical or even bordering on the absurd.

There are several specific reasons I support Mike Chapman for Sheriff. First, he has been in active law enforcement since before 9/11. Never has one decade changed the way law enforcement operates than the last 10 years. Being out of law enforcement leaves a candidate far behind the curve in facing the future challenges of battling crime in the 21st century. Second, Mike Chapman is one of the hardest working candidates I have ever seen. I assure you that you will see this during the campaign season. It separates him from the others, to include our current Sheriff who has been “missing in action” for several years. This speaks volumes about the level of commitment and enthusiasm he will bring to the Sheriff’s Office. The agency will follow his lead and, I believe, become one of the premiere departments in the nation.

Finally, Mike Chapman has been endorsed by several Loudoun deputies (based on my personal conversations with them). After more than a decade with the department, I personally know many officers who have my respect for their tireless work ethic and their integrity. When speaking to those officers, they all supported the candidacy of Mike Chapman for Sheriff. I do not take their endorsement lightly, as I have on numerous occasions during my career with Loudoun, entrusted them with my very life during the performance of our duties and service to the citizens of Loudoun County.

I am excited about the future of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office with Mike Chapman as our next Sheriff. While I recognize that all three candidates are pro-life, support enforcing immigration laws and believe in the strength of the 2nd Amendment, I expect more from our next Sheriff. Mike has the experience and the drive to lead Loudoun County forward. I am honored to endorse Mike Chapman as the next Sheriff of Loudoun County.


Greg Ahlemann (2007 Republican Nominee for Sheriff of Loudoun County)
Current Law Enforcement Officer and Sr. Pastor in Winchester, Va

[UPDATE - Video just updated, new link]

Suzanne Volpe, Republican candidate for Algonkian District Supervisor, held her campaign kickoff event on May 12, 2011 with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the featured speaker. AG Cuccinelli noted that Ms. Volpe’s was the only local campaign he had personally made an appearance at this year, thanking her for the work she has done for numerous candidates over the years and saying “I hope you think you are getting a good return on your investment” for all of work she has done for him. He gave an informative progress report on his various efforts to curtail the encroachments on liberty by the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress (this will be a separate video, I hope one day soon).

With a crowd of at least 150 people on hand and possibly many more – the property was segmented so there was no way you could count everyone from one spot (someone from the campaign can chime in in the comments and I will update the number) – Ms. Volpe pointed out the problems caused by the county’s poor business development policies, with results such as Northrup Grumman’s decision to locate across the border to Fairfax County, and the resulting tax pressure this is putting on residents. She spoke of some of the county’s egregious misuses of taxpayers’ money and her personal philosophy of government that it should be less intrusive and more responsive to the citizens.

Video is at the top of the post, or click here to watch. There are only a few photos because this was the final event affected by camera problems and I lost over 40 pictures (hover cursor for a partial listing of who is in each and click on each for a larger version) – but as far as I could tell every local Republican elected official and candidate was present. It was a massive crowd for a local campaign kickoff, with excellent speeches by our attorney general and by Ms. Volpe- and truly an honor to have Ken Cuccinelli in a local backyard giving an up to the minute report on the battle against the Democrat power grab.

As you can see from the video, if determination, clarity of vision and ability to articulate that vision count in the upcoming campaign, Ms. Volpe is going to be tough to beat for the Algonkian Supervisor position.

For information on how you can help the Volpe campaign, click here.

Suzanne Volpe, Ken Cuccinelli, Eugene Delgaudio, Scott York, John Stirrup

Large audience at Suzanne Volpe campaign kick off

Mike Chapman at Suzanne Volpe campaign kick off

Cathy McNickle, Rob Jesionowski, Linda Budzinski, Eugene Delgaudio

Fred Avila and Joe - there is a hidden message here

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