On Friday a group of Loudoun County Republicans, including LCRC chairman Mike Haynes, elected officials, and new candidates, held a press conference to stand strongly for party unity, criticizing two former Republicans for running against Republican candidates. Former Sheriff Steve Simpson is running against our current sheriff Mike Chapman, and current Chairman of the Board Scott York is again running for his seat, this time as an Independent. [read_more]
Republican candidate for Chairman, Charlie King, read an impassioned speech against those former Republicans who are challenging our nominated candidates. Every Loudoun voter should read it.
STATEMENT OF CHARLIE KING
FOR CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
JUNE 5, 2015
Iâ€™m pleased to join my countywide Republican nominees and others today to highlight the strength and unity of our Republican ticket as we approach a critical election to determine Loudoun Countyâ€™s future.
Integrity is most important quality of a leader. It trumps party, policy â€“ everything.
For the second time Mr. York bolted the Republican Party by entering this race as an independent. He did so after being given an award premised on his promise not to run.
For the second time, Steve Simpson broke his pledge to support the Republican candidate for Sheriff.
The Chairmanâ€™s word must be his bond. If Mr. York will lie to a newspaper to win an award, how can we trust him to be truthful on more important issues?
For a police officer, reputation for telling the truth is everything. Based on an officerâ€™s word, people will be convicted of crimes and sent to jail. How can Steve Simpson possibly lead the Loudoun County Sheriffâ€™s Office when he cannot honor simple promises to play by the rules.
Loudoun County needs a decisive leader. If Mr. York takes months to make a decision while reversing himself over and over, why should the voters believe he is capable of making the many tough calls the next Board will have to make?
Is Mr. Yorkâ€™s waffling the actions of a man fully committed to Loudoun County? The answer to that question is â€œno.â€
As his reason for running, Mr. York contends none of the other candidates are â€œqualified.â€
Mr. Yorkâ€™s view is that only a career politician is fit to be Chairman.
Mr. York believes he is indispensable. When a politician starts thinking this way, that he is irreplaceable, is the exact time for the voters to start looking for somebody else.
Iâ€™m running for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors because change at the top is long overdue. The events of last week should make this fact obvious to everyone.
For Republicans to win in 2015, we must all be united. We are stronger together.
The results of the 2015 election in Loudoun County will reverberate beyond our countyâ€™s borders into the rest of the Commonwealth and beyond. 2015 is really about 2016. And in 2016, once again Loudoun County will be political ground zero in America. To win in 2016, we must have a strong team of Republicans in place.
We Republicans have an outstanding ticket of talented, hard-working and honest candidates. I look forward to running with all of you to make our case to the voters.
Itâ€™s time to turn the page and look to the future. Itâ€™s time for new leadership and a new vision for Loudoun County that will make it an even better place to live, work and raise a family.