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Verne Dickerson, candidate for the Republican nomination for Loudoun County Sheriff, had a campaign event in eastern Loudoun County this past weekend which drew over 70 supporters. Bulletproof Monk has coverage at VV.

The email press release below just arrived from the Mark Davis For Loudoun County Sheriff campaign, apparently as a joint effort with the Verne Dickerson campaign.

While the press release gives no details of any “filth” or “slander and attacks” that may have given rise to the statement, there was an instance at the recent Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting in which Mr. Dickerson took issue with a direct mail piece that had been circulated in late February. That same controversy could be the reason for this joint statement.

If there are any public statements on this matter from either of the other Loudoun County Sheriff campaigns – of Mike Chapman and Ron Speakman – they will be reprinted here at NVTH.

Davis and Dickerson Call For Civility in the Republican Nomination Process for Sheriff

Middleburg, Virginia — March 8, 2011 – Republican Sheriff’s candidates Mark Davis and Verne Dickerson have made a public pledge to run clean, positive campaigns in the race to be the next Sheriff of Loudoun County. In a joint statement, the candidates committed to providing the citizens with the information needed to make an informed decision on Election Day without the filth.

“When the Republican candidates met in January, we made a pledge to keep our campaigns positive. Today the campaigns of Mark Davis and Verne Dickerson reaffirm that commitment.

The people of Loudoun County know that the Sheriff’s Office needs a change. We believe that the decision to elect the next Sheriff of Loudoun County is too important to allow slander and attacks to muddle the race.

We stand together to reject the type of negative campaigning that divides fellow Republicans and demoralizes the electorate. Instead, we promise to run clean, constructive campaigns that focus on the important issues. Our campaigns will feature our backgrounds, experiences and visions for the future of the Sheriff’s Office. We will challenge each other fairly and with respect.

By running positive campaigns, we will keep the focus on repealing and replacing the incumbent Sheriff and ensuring a Republican victory in November.”

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Davis Campaign: Caleb Weitz 703-408-5043
Dickerson Campaign: David Wachsman 703-828-7549

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.

Verne Dickerson

Click here to read the interview with candidate Mark Davis.

Click here to read the interview with candidate Ron Speakman.

Click here to read the interview with candidate Mike Chapman.

Verne T. Dickerson 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 Verne Dickerson at his campaign Web site.

NVTH: Why do you want to be Sheriff?

Verne Dickerson: I am running because I believe as a 25 year veteran of the FBI and long-time resident of this community, I am uniquely qualified and prepared to make the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office a premier Sheriff’s Office in the country.

Loudoun is a booming county both demographically and economically – our population grew 84% in the last 10 years and we’re rated the wealthiest per household in the United States. When you combine these two factors with our proximity to Washington DC, our nation’s capital, it becomes clear that safeguarding Loudoun County is not only critical to local residents, but essential on a national scope.

We cannot take criminal activity for granted. The next Sheriff of Loudoun County has to know that terrorism is a real and dangerous threat that must be dealt with proactively. Recently, a Saudi chemical engineering student was caught buying chemicals to build a bomb in Texas. His potential targets were identified as the Dallas home of former President Bush, nuclear power plants, critical dams and streets in New York City. Not too long ago, a man from our very county, Farooque Ahmed, was caught engaged in a plot to bomb DC-area Metro stations.

Loudoun needs a Sheriff who is capable of managing the ever-present threat of terrorism while dealing with serious and major crimes on a day-to-day basis. We need a Sheriff who can be responsible for a $70+ million budget and slash costs while increasing deputy effectiveness. We need a Sheriff who can go after gangs like MS-13 while combatting white collar criminals like Osama El-Atari.

My 25 years of experience at the FBI as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent has given me the opportunity to investigate numerous areas of criminal activity that are sophisticated in scope. I have decades of experience experience successfully leading vast teams of law enforcement officers, coordinating with state and federal agencies, and managing multimillion dollar budgets.

More important than any of my qualifications, I am a man grounded in Christian faith. I value my integrity. I know that when push comes to shove, I will do the right thing. I won’t conduct personal business in the Sheriff’s Office. I won’t accept monies from 501c3 non-profits. I won’t need encouragement to return donations from convicted felons. Instead, I will serve the people and impartially enforce the laws as written and leave it at that.

As a result of all these qualifications – my background both professionally and personally – I feel that I am the right man to become the next Sheriff of Loudoun County. That’s why I’m running.

NVTH: How long have you lived in Loudoun County?

Verne Dickerson: My wife and I have lived in Loudoun County for the past twelve years. Previously we lived right next door in Herndon for 8 years. Since becoming an adult, I have lived in Loudoun longer than I have in any other place. Additionally, my son lives in Ashburn right here in Loudoun County. Loudoun is home to my family.

NVTH: Why are you more qualified than the other Republican candidates?

Verne Dickerson: I am impressed with the crop of candidates that the Republican Party has fielded for this election. We are fortunate to have men of honor lining up to replace the current Sheriff, and we are even more fortunate that these candidates have such extensive careers in law enforcement. With so many candidates running, it’s clear that the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office is due for a change.

I believe that my particular training and experience makes me the best qualified to be the next Sheriff of Loudoun County. That’s because I have the training and experience from working many years and multiple areas of criminal activity at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and because those skills are readily transferable to running a large Sheriff’s Office.

I have more experience than just drugs. The FBI is responsible for the vast majority of federal violations and after 25 years there I was fortunate to work and lead agents in many different scenarios covering many different violations. I have managed large teams of agents and made many arrests.

I have experience with white collar crimes that would help the Sheriff’s Office track the complicated financial crimes that defraud honest taxpayers in Loudoun County. I have successfully worked on bank robbery cases that could help Loudoun County solve the string of bank robberies that have occurred here over the last few months. I have experience working on everything from interstate kidnapping cases to organized crime/narcotics. On many of these cases, it was essential that I work with local authorities and I had to know and employ local and state law.

I have worked undercover operations and have SWAT training, so I have personal experience fighting major crimes on the streets. Just as importantly, I have worked alongside many federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and helped secure many convictions. I have letters of commendation from the Director of the FBI as evidence that my methods and efforts helped convict criminals in very difficult cases to prosecute.

From an academic standpoint, I was trained at the FBI Academy at Quantico. It is my belief that when it comes to learning how to fight crime, there is no better place to learn than the FBI Academy. One of my opponents agrees with me so much so that he lists a course taken at the FBI Academy as the number one academic achievement on his website.

As a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent, I was continually trained with modern criminology and updated methods to fight crime from the same instructors that taught classes at Quantico. In fact, I taught new agents myself.

Additionally, I have personal experience working in corrections. I spent two years working for the Indiana Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer and as a Counselor. As a result, running the Adult Detention Center would not require a steep learning curve.

NVTH: Why are you a Republican?

Verne Dickerson: I am a Republican because I am a strong conservative and I believe in the principles of the Republican Party platform. I believe that the Constitution is a sacred document and that our freedoms must be protected vigilantly.

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

Verne Dickerson: I think the current Sheriff has been in office for far too long. When he was first elected, Loudoun was a very different county. Back then, Loudoun had a much smaller population and crimes were less numerous and less complicated.

As a result, I think the current Sheriff is overwhelmed and his priorities have been misplaced. The next Sheriff should have integrity and the experience and know-how to manage a vast multimillion-dollar budget and 500+ sworn deputies pragmatically and effectively.

NVTH: If elected, what are your top priorities?

Verne Dickerson: My first priority would be to bring back integrity to the Sheriff’s Office. I have been emphasizing the importance of integrity since the publication of my letter to the editor of the Loudoun Times on December 8th.

Making the citizens feel safe is critical. I would then go after the gangs that have begun to spread in Loudoun County. Among others, MS-13 and the 18th Street Gang are indeed here and their presence in Loudoun cannot be tolerated. I would put the full weight of the Sheriff’s Office on them and enhance coordination between the gang intelligence unit and the SRO program so that gangs feel threatened by the law at every turn.

I would make it a mission to enforce immigration law so that the legal immigrants who make this country great are not put at an unfair disadvantage in the job market and elsewhere. Additionally, the allowance of illegal immigration has had the net effect of creating black markets, some more harmful than others. For instance, to supply illegal immigrants with documentation, criminals steal citizen IDs and create false papers. On a secondary level, money transferred between illegal immigrants and the criminals providing fake IDs is difficult if not impossible to track and tax. That hurts all Americans.

I would enhance training for deputies. I have always felt that investing in training is a good investment in the long run. From a managerial standpoint, I would reorganize the department so that more sworn deputies are on the streets, instead of behind computer screens. A look at the proposed FY2012 Fiscal Plan indicates that the Sheriff’s Office already has the monies required to make it happen.

At this point in time, the only interesting local race already defined for the November, 2011 elections is the one for Loudoun County Sheriff. Sheriff Steve Simpson, an Independent, is likely to run for another term, there are four Republican candidates who will square off in a primary, and there may also be a Democratic candidate.

I decided to conduct a quick experiment to see what sort of information is available on the Web about the 2011 Loudoun County Sheriff race, on the assumption there could be some typical Loudoun County voters out there looking to get informed.

This will serve two purposes: Giving a snapshot of currently available information about the candidates, and also showing how each candidate is doing so far in terms of search engine optimization.

The methodology is non-scientific but, I think, representative of how people would search: I used the search term “loudoun county sheriff candidate” in both Bing and Google and recorded hits on the first six pages – only links that are relevant for 2011 and which provide direct access to relevant info. I recorded candidate Web sites, news coverage and blog coverage.

SUMMARY: So far, Verne Dickerson, Mark Davis and Ron Speakman are each doing pretty well, about equally well in the SEO department for their campaign sites. Mike Chapman has to improve his search engine ranking, although he does get some news mentions, and Steve Simpson is nowhere on the radar except for some negative press.

[UPDATE: Needless to say, Steve Simpson does not NEED to have an active campaign Web presence at this time nearly as much as the others because Sheriff Simpson will come up in the search results for anything having to do with "Loudoun County Sheriff" because of all the Sheriff's Office Web presence. Incumbency provides a big SEO advantage so you can start your Web campaign later.]

Here are the results in the order they came up as of February 24, 2011.

Bing search

Page 1

Loudoun Times: “Another candidate wants to wear the sheriff’s badge” (Verne Dickerson)

Loudoun Times: “Mark it down: Loudoun Sheriff’s race gets fifth candidate” (Mark Davis)

Page 2

Mark Davis campaign site

NOVA Common Sense: “Who’s in? Who’s out? Loudoun’s Sheriff Race Shapes up”

Too Conservative: “Mark Davis Joins The Loudoun GOP Sheriff Crowd”

Too Conservative: “Another Sheriff’s Race Post” (mentions Mike Chapman)

Verne Dickerson campaign site

Page 3

Verne Dickerson campaign Facebook page

Washington Post: “Loudoun sheriff donates controversial funds to charity” (Steve Simpson)

Page 4 “Convicted Felon’s Campaign Donations Raise Questions” (RE: Steve Simpson, with quotes from Mike Chapman and Ron Speakman)

Page 5

Page 6

Nothing else by page 6 – nobody’s going to search past page 6.

Google search

Page 1

Loudoun Times: “Another candidate wants to wear the sheriff’s badge” (Verne Dickerson)

Loudoun Times: “Sheriff’s candidate announces part of Step Up action plan” (Mike Chapman)

Ron Speakman campaign site

Mark Davis campaign site – “Republican” page

Page 2

NOVA Common Sense: “Who’s in? Who’s out? Loudoun’s Sheriff Race Shapes up”

Too Conservative: “Mark Davis Joins The Loudoun GOP Sheriff Crowd”

Verne Dickerson campaign Facebook page

Loudoun Times: “Candidate for sheriff announces intentions” (Ron Speakman)

Page 3

Mark Davis campaign site

Too Conservative: “Another Sheriff’s Race Post” (mentions Mike Chapman)

Page 4

Mark Davis campaign Facebook page “Convicted Felon’s Campaign Donations Raise Questions” (RE: Steve Simpson, with quotes from Mike Chapman and Ron Speakman)

Verne Dickerson campaign site

Mark Davis – “A Better Loudoun” page

Page 6 “Sheriff’s Race Opens With First Challenger; Speakman Presses Leadership Change”

Nothing else by page 6.