Career Firefighters Group Endorses Loudoun Board Candidates

The Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association has endorsed a politically mixed slate of candidates for Loudoun’s Board of Supervisors

election in November.

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.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

6 thoughts on “Career Firefighters Group Endorses Loudoun Board Candidates

  • 2019-08-16 at 6:42 am
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    And in 2023, 2027, 2031 career firefighters endorse the democrat candidate for….fill in the office!

    • 2019-08-16 at 1:24 pm
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      When Republicans stop attacking benefits, pensions, retirement, maybe more would be endorsed. Blame your party for being anti-worker.

  • 2019-08-16 at 8:43 am
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    Mr. Orange, Although they seem to follow that theme when there is no incumbent they (assuming there was even a vote) act more like lobbyists pushing the most likely winner being an incumbent when voters don’t show up for off year elections. What should bother folks is the reality they didn’t even approach other candidates for their viewpoint while claiming the current chair is their champion. Loudoun should be outgrowing such small town type politics and consciously choose higher qualified candidates willing to serve not just be political tools for the developers and builders who finance most of these “elected officials” including the chairperson.

    • 2019-08-16 at 11:19 am
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      General union endorsement policy is to endorse the candidate you endorsed before. If the previously endorsed politician goes against you while in office, you drop them and find a new person. They endorsed those incumbents before last election. You are delusional if you think they would even consider you or Whitbeck over Randall, Bob. She has been great to public safety.

  • 2019-08-17 at 5:21 am
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    This is a me, me group. They are great at putting fires out but their endorsement might not be what anyone should seek.
    Loco can’t name a instance when Bonfils, Stanton, Kershner or Whitbeck ever attacked benefits, pensions or retirement.
    We can name Mike Turner referring to women as dogs, see Ivanka.
    Did you really bring up unions, yikes!

  • 2019-08-20 at 8:22 am
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    Loco . I agree they would choose by party as expected but by not even considering other candidates they are misleading their membership assuming they voted at all. Did Phyllis volunteer on the Loudoun Crime commission for years as I did networking with various levels of security and safety personnel? Did she start the Health, Safety and Wellness committee on the school board as I did bringing all cameras in LCPS up to date and finally covering every inch of school grounds? Did she push for and obtain panic button technology to be placed in every school in LCPS so the police could be easily and expeditiously summoned if any event were occurring in any school? Did she meet with Sheriff Chapman as I did on utilizing artificial intelligence to facilitate deputy travels around Loudoun near schools so the response times to emergencies would be not only reduced but dependable? NO – she voted to spend more on remuneration. Why would I spend so much time voluntarily on safety and not make sure critical personnel were properly remunerated? The membership should have been given detailed comparisons so they could make the decision implied by their management was done. THAT disrespects their contribution in my opinion and dilutes the real value to Ms Randall who has yet to show the public where she ever volunteered when there wasn’t an election benefit to be gained. Caring about safety and being political about safety are not the same.

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