Calling for lower Dulles Greenway tolls and improved local government leadership, attorney John Whitbeck today announced his candidacy for the at-large chairman’s seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Whitbeck, who stepped down in July as the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, would run as a challenger to first-term incumbent Phyllis Randall (D) in November.
“I want to be a Chairman who puts Loudoun County first and gets results,” Whitbeck stated in his announcement.“That means fighting a war on traffic, having a real strategy for housing and development, preserving our rural west, keeping taxes low, and committing to strong and safe public schools. Our campaign will be about the quality of life issues that matter to Loudoun residents, not the angry partisan politics that have divided us for too long.”
Whitbeck is a partner in the Leesburg law firm Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, P.C. He has served on the board of directors of the Loudoun County Bar Association, as the At-Large representative to the Loudoun County Government Reform Commission and as the Broad Run District representative to the Loudoun County Criminal Justice Board. He served as president and board member of the Lansdowne on the Potomac Homeowner’s Association and as a substitute judge in the Loudoun County Courts.
In his announcement, Whitbeck pointed to Randall’s support for a recently proposed deal with owners of the Dulles Greenway—a deal opposed by a majority of the board.
“Among other things, the recent vote by the incumbent chair to side with the owners of the Greenway to guarantee toll increases every year convinced me that Loudoun’s leadership is completely off track and motivated me to run for chair,” he stated.
“Most of my adult life has been spent in Loudoun raising a family, building my business, and working in the community as a family and mental health attorney. My children were born in Loudoun and attend Loudoun County Public Schools. My wife Laura and I are so blessed with the life we have in Loudoun County and she has been my strongest supporter when it comes to giving back to this great community through public service,” Whitbeck wrote. “It would be my honor and privilege to serve as chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. It is my intention to focus my efforts locally and achieve first-rate results to protect Loudoun’s future.”
School Board member Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) previously announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for the chairman’s seat, but has since decided not to run.