Every election has its themes and forces that shape its outcome – that is – who will govern and implement what policies?
While there were a series of familiar campaign issues in this last election, there was an underlying concern about the character of our Loudoun County government.
We had a crowded field of experienced and inexperienced candidates offering themselves for public service.
Experienced hands enjoyed some special advantages, name recognition of course, but also incumbency, and those solidly gerrymandered election districts strewn across the Commonwealth’s electoral maps.
The greatest and most telling changes to the County’s character came, however, in several key contests for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Eugene Delgaudio, the orange-hatted incumbent Sterling Supervisor, has been attacked for years for his allegedly questionable ethical and discriminatory antics on and off the Board of Supervisors. To its credit, the Board itself recoiled from Mr. Delgaudio’s misconduct, citing a scathing special grand jury report to do so. The Republican Party members took the Republican Board to task for its modest sanctions against Mr. Delgaudio, signaling a split in the party that proved deeper than may have been first understood.
Mr. Delgaudio’s conduct prompted a bitter and abiding distaste more generally for the Board’s ethical ambiguities.
There was legitimate unease with the Board’s cronies in construction and development who contributed heavily to Board members. Continue reading