Loudoun County Republican Committee Chairman Jim Bonfils will seek election to the Broad Run seat on the county Board of Supervisors, a seat to which he has previously been appointed.
Bonfils was appointed to the seat in late 2015 to finish the final months of former Supervisor Shawn Williams’ term, who resigned after his arrest for assault.
Bonfils said he will resign his chairmanship of the county Republican committee.
“Loudoun County is a great place to live, work and raise a family and I’m running for supervisor to make it even better,” Bonfils stated. “I believe in public service, and if elected I’ll work with everyone regardless of political party to get results that improve our quality of life, just as I have for many years on behalf of our youth.”
According to the press release announcing his campaign, Bonfils’s priorities include improving Loudoun’s transportation network, better housing options, safer schools, and creating more recreational opportunities.
“We’re not doing enough to take cars off our roads and promote the idea of community,” Bonfils stated. “Most young families, teachers, and first responders cannot afford to live here. As a result, more and more are being driven out of the county with no choice but to commute to Loudoun every day for work. We need more attainable housing options for our growing workforce, and to make existing communities more connected by expanding our walking trails and bike paths.”
Bonfils is a familiar face to many in Loudoun, including as a founding board member and treasurer of Loudoun Youth, Inc., chairman of the Goose Creek Boy Scout district, a member and past chairman of the Loudoun County Parks and Recreation Open Space Board, a past member of the Loudoun County Advisory Council on Youth, and a 20-year board member of the Loudoun Youth Soccer Association, where he also served as president, treasurer, referee and coach. He was appointed to the Loudoun Water board in 2016 and serves on its Audit and Capital Improvement Program committees.
Bonfils works as director of federal accounts for Western Digital Technology. He has also been a sales executive for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SanDisk Enterprise Solutions, Cisco and Radware. He and his wife Terri are members of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church and have three daughters who live in the area.
“I’ll fight for lower tolls and distance-pricing so more eastern Loudoun drivers can use the Greenway without paying the full rate,” Bonfils stated. “I’ll also work to accelerate east-west driving alternatives, including improvements to Shellhorn Road and Route 50, and to make sure Metro’s arrival next year doesn’t create gridlock around the Loudoun stations.”
In his press release, he also supported an idea from Sheriff Mike Chapman and Whitbeck to place a School Resource Officer in all 58 Loudoun elementary schools, a proposal that Chapman did not include in his budget request to the county and which was met with skepticism from some fellow Republicans on the Board of Supervisors.
Bonfils seeks to replace outgoing Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), who is in a three-way primary race to run for state Senate.
His campaign treasurer, Carol Kost, is a fellow founding board member and chairman emeritus of Loudoun Youth, Inc., also serves as chaplain of Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue.