The Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association has endorsed a politically mixed slate of candidates for Loudoun’s Board of Supervisors
At the top of the ticket: incumbent County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), credited by association with providing “tremendous support of public safety.”
“Chair Randall has helped us improve our retirement benefits, regain some lost benefits the last previous BOS stripped away from us, changed the County’s official policy to now support firefighter cancer presumption bills, helped push the class and compensation study to bring County employee wages in line with the region, and helped push much needed staffing enhancements throughout the department,” the association wrote. “Chair Randall has been our biggest supporter on the dais and we look forward to supporting her re-election campaign.”
In every seat with an incumbent running again, the association endorsed the incumbent. Those include Supervisors Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling), Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian), Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles).
Where incumbents will not run for reelection, the association picked Democrats—Sylvia Glass (D) in Broad Run, Mike Turner in Ashburn, and Forest Hayes in Catoctin.
Loudoun’s firefighter union is a chapter of the International Association of Firefighters, which endorsement philosophy is based on “a very narrow focus.” According to its published endorsement philosophy, the association’s decisions are based on how candidates stand on fire fighter and labor issues like collective bargaining rights, fair labor standards, and fair pay and benefits.
“The IAFF has one mission: to improve the lives and livelihoods of professional fire fighters,” according to the association’s website. “We know that one of the most important ways we represent our members is in the legislatures at all levels of government – because that’s where most of the decisions are made that have an impact on our members and their jobs.”
Loudouners go to the polls on Nov. 5 to select a new Board of Supervisors, School Board, Sheriff, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Treasurer, and representation in both chambers of the General Assembly.