Editor: Nowadays, politicians will often go to any length to hide from their record. It looks like Chairwoman Phyllis Randall is no different.
In a letter from Matthew Osborn published last week, Mr. Osborn runs to Chairwoman Randall’s defense, claiming she did not vote herself a 62 percent pay raise. Frankly, I believe residents will clearly recall that she in fact led the effort, which was far from a consensus decision.
The vote was split 5-4 and even Vice Chair Ralph Buona described the vote as “obscene,” “excessive,” and “ridiculous.”
This vote came after supervisors rejected a smaller 17 percent pay raise that would have tracked better with the raises other county employees have seen since the Board’s last raise in 2008. Randall herself even claimed that the 62 percent pay increase came off as “bad optics.”
Now, Randall’s supporters are attempting to spread a misinformation campaign, suggesting that Randall did not vote ‘herself’ a pay raise per se… Well she is running for re-election and ended her controversial state of the county speech with “I’ll see you next year.” You decide for yourself who she intended that pay raise to be for….
I have been impressed with Whitbeck’s commitment to focusing on issues that are important to our county. He said he would avoid the angry partisan politics of the day when he announced and his campaign has stayed true to that, focusing on issues like taxes, education, traffic, tolls, and development.
I believe Whitbeck is someone who is genuinely concerned about Loudoun County. It is up to us to vote for a Chair of the Board that will stand proudly behind their record, and our Chairwoman has proven she can’t defend hers.
Tina Davis, Leesbug