Letter: Tina Davis, Leesbug

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

5 thoughts on “Letter: Tina Davis, Leesbug

  • 2019-08-14 at 7:54 pm

    Anything related to pay and benfits is “obscene,” “excessive,” and “ridiculous” to Buona. Mr. In-the-Private-Sector is generally always opposed to that sort of thing. Must be nice making that big money as VP of Telos. He doesn’t need the money. What year was that bipartisan raise approved by a majority Republican board? It wasn’t last year when Randall said she’d see us next year. Wasn’t the Chair Bonfils of the Loudoun County Republican Committee also in favor of it?

  • 2019-08-15 at 6:36 am

    Only problem here: I have not heard Whitbeck say he is not going to take the pay. So, good for him to take the pay, but bad for Randall to take the pay? Interesting position to take.

  • 2019-08-15 at 11:36 am

    Tina, I am not here to defend the current chairperson but I don’t believe in disparaging her with incorrect facts either. Her voting record for the comprehensive plan which violated the transition area commitments and the $100 million per mile (see you in 5 years non-solution) for part of Route 15 north should disqualify her. This is assuming the lack of real agenda leadership, the lack of focus on the most pressing county problems while wasting time on statue removal and misleading messaging about Loudoun being over taxed by 33% isn’t enough to get voters to say no more.
    What I didn’t read from your note is how does someone honestly dedicate full time to the Chair job when they own and operate a 7 lawyer firm and practice law full time? As a recently retired lawyer I not only have the time, energy and background to serve in the capacity of Chair but have no current or future conflicts of interest between my clients and the full range of business conducted by the county.
    How do you reconcile the demands of being Chair with NO CONFLICTS and the ability to do that SERVICE FULL TIME? You do know there are three candidates for Chair of the BOS. 🙂

  • 2019-08-16 at 3:42 pm

    Its interesting that the author uses the phrase , ” vote for a Chair of the Board that will stand proudly behind their record.” Let’s look at John Whitbeck’s record. He has only ever held an elected position as the Chairman of the State Republican party. And his record in that roll is less than stellar. I don’t think even Republicans in Loudoun would want the level of failure that Whitbeck brought to the RPV. He was chair from 2015 to 2018 and in that time Republicans lost every state-wide race for state offices as well as federal offices. In 2017, Republicans had their biggest loss in years in the House of Delegates. In 2018, Republicans lost 3 incumbent House of Representative seats. He has personally lost every election he’s been in. I don’t know that Loudoun voters want a Chair with a record of failure year after year. Mr. Ohneiser has a lot to offer Republican voters who want to protect rural areas in Loudoun.

  • 2019-08-16 at 3:44 pm

    “… suggesting that Randall did not vote ‘herself’ a pay raise per se.”

    I’m not “suggesting” she didn’t. It’s literally a fact.

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