Incumbent Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) has clinched the Republican nomination for November’s Board of Supervisors election.
Saturday, the Loudoun County Republican Committee held its nominating convention for local offices at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. Buffington faced the only primary challenge for a local office in the Republican party. International business attorney and special counsel to the Austrian Embassy Florian Hauswiesner, of Aldie, sought to replace Buffington on the county dais.
“My experience, expertise and qualifications will be a huge asset for all residents of the Blue Ridge District if I’m elected as the next supervisor,” Hauswiesner said. “The next four years will set the foundation for the future of Loudoun County over the next 30 years.”
But Buffington dismissed Hauswiesner’s accusations that he is not taking the job seriously, citing his most recent, 159-page quarterly newsletter to constituents.
“Anybody who’s not serious about the job could not put out a 159-page newsletter,” Buffington said.
He pointed to the board’s record during his term on decreasing tax rates, the new jobs in Loudoun since 2016, and development in western Loudoun. He pointed out the current Board of Supervisors has not approved any increased housing development in western Loudoun; all Rural Policy Area and Transition Policy Area development since 2016 has been under existing approvals or by-right under existing zoning.
In a second term, he promised to continue pushing for more open spaces and parks, reduced taxes, lower cost of living, Second Amendment rights, “and as always, we’re going to continue to support our veterans and first responders because they f—ing deserve it.”
Convention delegate vote counts were not reported; after vote tallying was complete, Hauswiesner nominated Buffington for the ballot. Credential Committee Chairwoman Creal French reported 269 delegates registered at the convention, including 232 from the Blue Ridge District.
Other Loudoun County Republican Committee nominees to the Board of Supervisors include incumbent Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), Ashburn District candidate Rich McMunn, Broad Run District candidate Jim Bonfils, Catoctin District candidate Caleb Kershner, incumbent Supervisors Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), and at-large candidate John Whitbeck.
No Republican stepped forward to run for the Leesburg District on the Board of Supervisors. Stephen Grant, the only Republican candidate for the Sterling District, has withdrawn. Loudoun Republicans will enter the 2019 election with no nominee for either district.
Four of five local constitutional offices are up for election, all five held by Republicans. Incumbent Treasurer H. Roger Zurn Jr., incumbent Commissioner of the Revenue Robert S. Wertz, incumbent Sheriff Michael L. Chapman, and Commonwealth’s Attorney candidate Nicole Wittman all won the Republican party nod.
Democrats will hold a primary election June 11. Chris R. Harmison and Justin P. Hannah will vie for Democratic nomination for sheriff, and incumbent Supervisor Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling) faces a primary challenge from Ibrahim A Moiz.