County supervisors reflected on their past four years of service during the final meeting of their term Dec. 17. Four of the nine supervisors will not be returning in 2020.
County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) lifted the normal time limits to let those members say their public goodbyes. Most remarked on the cooperative spirit of the board, despite differences in political party.
Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), who chose not to run again, had tallied approximately the number of meetings he attended as a county supervisor.
In November, Loudoun voters tipped the balance of power for political parties on the county board dramatically, reversing a 6-3 Republican majority on the Board of Supervisors. What will change as the government shifts to Democratic control?
“People should not expect really drastic difference,” said re-elected County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large).
A county police department is on the wish-list for the newly re-elected Loudoun County chairwoman.
Democrat Phyllis Randall, re-elected chair of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, floated the idea during a joint media session with incoming supervisors and members of the School Board.
Loudoun County became more blue Tuesday when Phyllis J. Randall won a second term as chair of the Board of Supervisors, beating Republican John C. Whitbeck on a night when Democrats added three seats and claimed the majority on the nine-member county board.
Democrat Phyllis J. Randall’s surprise victory four years ago — in an unusual three-way race — made her the first African American to chair Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors.
Now, Randall is working to build on that success and turn the country’s wealthiest county into a more active voice on issues such as gun violence, climate change and women’s rights, drawing on Loudoun’s growing diversity, frustration over recent racist incidents in schools and opposition to President Trump.
Randall, 54, faces a tough reelection battle against Republican John C. Whitbeck.
Challengers John Whitbeck and Robert Ohneiser—standing on opposite sides of the stage—spent 90 minutes Wednesday in Leesburg making their case to become the next chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Standing in the middle of the two, incumbent Phyllis Randall laid out why she believes she should be elected to a second four-year term.