The 2016 Board of Supervisors was sworn in at a ceremony at Lansdowne Resort today amid cheering, tears, and big ambitions.
County Chairman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) promised to set a cooperative, respectful tone on the new board.
“I understand that there will times when we will disagree,” Randall said. “I understand that certain political issues are more important to one political party or the other; that’s just a political reality. But I also understand that people can disagree and not be disagreeable.”
Hundreds of people packed a ballroom in the Lansdowne Resort, including Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), Attorney General Mark Herring (D), state delegates and delegates-elect, and Loudoun county and town officials. Randall said the ceremony was the first time both Democrats and Republicans have taken the oath of office for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors at the same ceremony. She took time in her speech to make admiring remarks about each of her colleagues on the board, making note of the board’s mixed makeup.
“We have a diversity of skillsets, a diversity of age, a diversity of beliefs, a diversity of backgrounds, a diversity of political leanings, and yes, for the first time, a diversity of race,” Randall said.
Randall promised to protect Loudoun’s rural west, and said she would be mindful of both the fortunate and the poor. She said she would see not only the successful business, but to “the struggling businessman who is just trying to meet his payroll and feed his family.”
“To Loudoun County: This is your board, and I am your chair,” Randall said. “If you remember nothing else today, remember that if I chair this board, we will see you.”