Loudoun County Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run) said Monday he is planning to run for state senate, seeking to replace retiring Senator Richard “Dick” H. Black (R-13).
Meyer, who in 2015 was the youngest person ever elected to the Loudoun Board of Supervisors at 26 years old, said he will be focused on transportation issues. And he said last week’s Board of Supervisors debate around a proposed deal with the Dulles Greenway for limited distance-based tolling and continued guaranteed annual toll increases was “a huge turning point.”
“The fact that we have numerous members of the delegation who are trying to pass a bill that would permanently increase tolls in perpetuity for most of my current constituents and a lot of the people I would represent in the 13th District, and then that the bill would also guarantee their profitability—it just shows that we have to be better represented in Richmond,” Meyer said.
Meyer will seek to replace one of the legislature’s most controversial voices. Black has made national headlines many times for publicly supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who has been accused of war crimes for his forces’ attacks on Syrian civilians; for opposing criminalizing marital rape; and on social issues such as introducing bills that would prevent homosexual couples from adopting or applying for some mortgages.
“I’m running as what I’ve been on the Board of Supervisors, focused on transportation, focused on local issues and bringing that focus to Richmond to represent Loudoun there,” Meyer said. “It’s not about who’s there now, or Syria or about social issues or any of this other stuff. People at the end of the day want to stop spending thousands of dollars on tolls, and they want to see traffic move, and they want to see more parks and they want to see more trails.”
He said he also wants to promote economic development in the region “as well as preserving what makes us different in all the rural areas and mountains of Loudoun and Prince William.”
He is the first Republican to publicly enter a race that already includes Democrats Delegate John J. Bell (D-87), Army Reserve intelligence officer Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos and financial consultant Lucero Wiley. To be elected, he will have to break a trend of Republican electoral losses in Virginia since the election of President Donald J. Trump in 2016. But Meyer pointed out he was elected locally to represent the bluest part of the 13th Senate District.
“Republicans have been losing the 13th District, and if Republicans want a shot at winning it, we need a candidate who can win the bluest area, and among those areas is the Broad Run District where I represent,” Meyer said.
The district includes much of Loudoun including most of Loudoun north and west of Leesburg, an area south of Leesburg and reaching into major portions of northern Prince William County. Meyer’s home in One Loudoun is at the far eastern end of the district, which is bordered by Rt. 7 on the north and Loudoun County Parkway on the east in that area.
Meyer has previously sought a seat in the state senate. In 2013 he also announced he would challenge Rep. Gerry Connolly in the 11th House of Representatives District. At the time he was too young to legally serve in Congress, but turned 25—the Constitution’s minimum age for Congressional service—in September 2014, the month before that election. Instead, he turned to the primary contest leading up to a 2013 special election to represent the 33rd District in the state senate, which had been vacated by Mark Herring’s election to Attorney General. Meyer lost to John Whitbeck.
In 2015, he ran in and withdrew from the Republican primary for the same seat to run for the Board of Supervisors.
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