Higgins Announces Senate Run

Second-term Loudoun County Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) has announced he will run to replace retiring state Sen. Richard H. Black (R-13), making him the second county supervisor to compete for the seat.

Higgins’ campaign announcement came with a number of endorsements from well-known local Republicans, including former Del. Bob Marshal (R-13), Loudoun County Treasurer H. Roger Zurn, and Black himself. Former delegate and candidate J. Randall Minchew (R-10), while not endorsing, said “you will not find a better public servant than Geary Higgins.”

While he did not have a specific project in mind, Higgins said he wants to use his business and local government experience in Richmond. Before his two terms on the Board of Supervisors, Higgins served a term on the Loudoun County School Board. He is the vice president of Labor Relations for the National Electrical Contractors Association in Bethesda, MD.

He is also one of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors’ two representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee and the Annexation Area Development Policy Committee

“I think the biggest thing for Loudoun right now is certainly transportation issues,” Higgins said. “I mean they’ve got a fight going on the [Dulles] Greenway for an honest toll deal, and so we need to continue to work on that. … We need someone in Richmond that can work with others and negotiate with others, and have a steady hand and get things done.”

In his campaign announcement, Higgins said he has the experience and track record to tackle quality-of-life issues like high quality schools, less traffic, low crime, low taxes and protection of liberties. He also said during his time on the county board, “I have been able to work with my Republican colleagues to reduce the tax rate on residents by $0.20.”

He seeks to replace a famously controversial legislator in Richmond. Black is known, among other things, for his opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion—once handing out plastic fetus dolls to legislators—and his vocal support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is accused by American and international agencies of human rights abuses and war crimes during his time in power.

“Dick Black is an accomplished person, he’s been in politics for many years, and he’s Dick Black and I’m Geary Higgins,” Higgins said. “I think you’ve seen Geary Higgins and his actions on the Board of Supervisors and how he works with other people, and I think Dick Black has done the job that he thinks he needs to do in Richmond.”

The campaign announcement pits Higgins against a colleague on the Board of Supervisor, Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run). Meyer, a first-term county supervisor, announced in January that he would once again pursue a seat in the state senate. He has previously eyed seats in the state senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Higgins said the difference between them is his experience, and said he hopes their campaign efforts will not interfere with the last few months of the two men’s work on the Board of Supervisors.

He joins a race that on the Republican side already includes Meyer and Mike Buscher, an aerospace entrepreneur and former Army officer and CIA employee from Leesburg.

There are also three candidates so far in the Democratic primary: state Del. John J. Bell (D-87), Army Reserve intelligence officer Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos and financial consultant Lucero Wiley.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

7 thoughts on “Higgins Announces Senate Run

  • 2019-02-12 at 8:12 pm
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    When Minchew said, “you will not find a better public servant than Geary Higgins”, I assume he meant that he himself could manipulate and have good ole boy Higgins grant special favors for his developer clients. And, of course, D. Black loves Geary (not that he has a clue as to what is going on either). We welcome a new Democratic Senator. Should be a slam dunk against him, so thanks.

    • 2019-02-13 at 2:50 pm
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      Geary Higgins is an outstanding public servant! His excellent communication skills, especially listening to his constituents is one of his best attributes. Geary brings much experience and wisdom to the office of State Senator. He will make Senator Dick Black proud. I highly recommend Geary Higgins to be your State Senator in the 33rd!

    • 2019-02-14 at 12:56 pm
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      Not a lot of options apparently for Republicans. As a moderate conservative (slightly right of center) we have a Dick Black repeat in Geary Higgins (not a good thing), we have Ron Meyer who has spoken out against 2nd Amendment rights (clearly not a conservative) and Mike Buscher the former CIA, special forces guy. I don’t know much about Buscher but I know what it took for my wife to survive Leukemia and apparently he fought the same thing or something similar. He seems to be the only candidate that served his country and may give a fresh perspective on the growing mess here in Loudoun, maybe!

  • 2019-02-13 at 1:34 pm
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    Having known Supervisor Higgins since my family moved to Loudoun County 5 years ago, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand how much he cares for Virginia, Loudoun County, and the constituents that he represents in local government. Impacting my family personally, he nearly-singlehandedly took on the local water authority–and created a big win for a group of neighborhoods in his District whom were about to be adversely financially impacted by pending water authority actions. Furthermore, his successful and pragmatic approaches to land use and transportation are well-documented and have incorporated regard for western Loudoun’s rural heritage. Finally, and even more remarkable, he and a majority of his fellow Supervisors have continued to reduce property tax rates year-on-year for home owners in Loudoun County. He has represented his County District well, I anticipate him to do the same for his Senate District in filling Senator Black’s big shoes.

  • 2019-02-14 at 11:09 am
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    Supervisor Higgins is the first member of my food chain. When some dolt at Harrison Street came up with the swell idea to allow a private corporation to sneak around your home, while you were not there, to see if they could find something to tax, and thus split the revenue with the County (Yes, that actually exists in America), Higgin’s came to my home and addressed a rather perturbed group of his constituents. That Stasi-like program was eliminated. That’s the exact sort of representative we need; effective and fully recognizes that hostile government acts need to be reined in.

    I’ve requested meetings with him on public issues, and he always accommodates. We don’t agree on everything, but I’ve never once had the impression he was blowing smoke, or telling me what he thought I wanted to hear. He’s always straight up with you.

    In a time when most of our politicians are best known for their false tongues, Higgins stands out for his dedication to public service as it should be, ability to listen, and honesty. He has my vote and strong support.

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