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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!

[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

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

LI has an interesting comment on the current controversy in the Republican race for the Loudoun County Sheriff nomination, in particular how the battle lines have been drawn relative to Mike Chapman’s campaign. Worth reading.

Thus far, Too Conservative has been the best source for analysis of the campaign for Loudoun County Sheriff. I plan to keep reporting the news but will remain officially neutral at this stage of the contest for the Republican nomination, first because I think all four candidates seem like decent people, any of whom I could support as the GOP candidate in the general election, and second because I have not figured out which of them has the better skill set to do the job.

What I will editorialize about is how this battle for the nomination has created some interesting sets of bedfellows and enemies, and thereby illuminates a truth about political campaigns which grassroots activists ought to bear in mind.

In this context, “grassroots” can be defined as “those whose labor is deemed as valuable as grass in the field” – in other words: Nice to observe, but not worth paying a single cent. In short, free.

[If there are any "grassroots activists" - or unpaid workers - reading this who are trying to reduce the level of cynicism in their lives, I recommend you stop reading now.]

When clusters of fans form in the context of a political campaign, it is important to remember that in each cluster will be people who are being paid to be there as well as people seeking direct personal gain from the campaign, either in the form of an elected office or some other type of career advancement. These two groups constitute the heart of the cheering section. Then, quite separate but glommed on with these, you have the grassroots activists.

The motivating force behind grassroots activism is a cause, which could be either an issue or candidate seen as representing a means to making the world a better place. Activism arises from the realm of ideas. It plays out, however, in the real-world realm of interest groups or cheering sections.

Often, political contests present starkly different alternatives such that anyone who wishes to influence the outcome – whether for pay or as a free worker – can easily decide which side to support and can do so without caring whether anyone is being compensated to join the fray. In many cases, the contrasting choices are so salient that those who work for free are happy to shell out cash to those who are working at the highest levels to move the ball forward.

In contests where the differences between the candidates are more nebulous, such as in the earlier stages of a campaign, the battle lines are drawn less between the obvious forces of good and evil and more between arbitrarily defined interest groups. Grassroots activists who lose sight of this basic fact risk impaling themselves on a sword for nothing more noble than some other person’s paycheck.

It is our nature, however, to conflate the free work we do in one venue with that of another simply because both take place in our off hours, or include the same casts of fellow travelers, or entail marching under similar banners.

But when the grassroots activist walks into a room with various clusters of fans cheering heartily for and against various primary candidates, he or she ought to remember that each cluster often is less akin to a faction of 18th century patriots inveighing against the Crown than to a group of bettors at the race track all holding tickets for the same horse. The grassroots activist who joins in the yelling is like a non-ticket holder jumping in the air for Horse Number 11 and shouting curses at Horse Number 4 and Number 4′s supporters. For reasons of sanity and appropriate use of energy, those without skin in the game should participate for fun or charity or diversion, but should leave the bloodsport to those who have placed the bets.