Statement by organizations representing Loudoun County’s business community

Monday, February 19, 2018

We, the undersigned representatives of organizations that serve Loudoun County’s business community, are committed to ensuring our community secures and maintains a healthy and prosperous quality of life that serves the best interests of all our citizens.

Among the hallmarks of a healthy and prosperous quality of life are a strong and vital economic climate rooted in an atmosphere of unity and inclusion where every resident, visitor and worker – regardless of their race, religion, economic condition, gender or other aspect of their humanity – is treated with equality, dignity, and respect.

While we are proud of the progress Loudoun County has achieved to live up these ideals, these values have been challenged by the messages of hate and division espoused in fliers recently and impermissibly deposited on the streets, driveways and public spaces of our community. The organization these fliers purport to represent is well known for a century and half legacy of violence and terror.

On behalf of our organizations and the thousands of businesses and employers we represent, we declare in a unified voice that these messages do not represent our community’s values.

The individuals that chose to spread these malignant messages did so to intimidate our neighbors and to otherwise degrade our community. While we respect everyone’s Constitutionally-protected right to free speech, we are committed to ensure they fail in both these endeavors. We support the law enforcement officials and other authorities that are working to address this situation. The Loudoun County business community stands united in a steadfast commitment to equality and respect for all.

Christine Windle, CEO

Dulles Area Association of REALTORS

John Boylan, President & CEO

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce

Darius Saeidi, President

Historic Downtown Leesburg Association

Anthony J. Howard, President & CEO

Loudoun Chamber of Commerce

Todd Pearson, Chairman

Loudoun Economic Development Advisory Commission

Mary Gayle Holden, President

Purcellville Business Association

Beth Erickson, President & CEO

Visit Loudoun

One thought on “Statement by organizations representing Loudoun County’s business community

  • 2018-02-19 at 12:08 pm

    Loudoun’s goofiest story keeps going and going and going.

    It defies logic to even assert that Loudoun County could possibly be fertile ground for a KKK recruitment drive. Yet, here are supposed “business leaders” who should know better, falling all over themselves to somehow, someway proclaim we’re not racists.

    Again, whoever is actually behind the mysterious flyers can’t believe their luck. Their results have far exceeded their wildest dreams in getting the exact response they intended. Which makes this story more and more odd with every passing telling of it.

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