Democrats: CA Candidate Wittmann Doesn’t Live in Loudoun

A petition filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court argues Republican candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney does not live in the county and is ineligible for the office.

The petition, filed by four Loudoun Democrats, seeks to have Nicole Wittmann, the chief deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, struck from Loudoun’s voter rolls and disqualified as a candidate, pointing to the home in Herndon where she has long lived with her husband and two children. The same day Wittmann filed her Certification of Candidate Qualification, swearing under oath that her primary residence is in Loudoun, she filed a new voter registration listing a Leesburg address. The new address, the petition says, is an apartment rented from a subordinate, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Alejandra “Alex” Rueda.

Wittmann and her husband Joseph Langone have owned the house in Herndon since 2001, have not separated, and Democrats presented evidence her car is still parked there regularly. The petition also says her bills are still sent to the Herndon address and her children still attend high school in Fairfax County.

The house in Herndon has been put up for sale, listed almost four months after Wittmann filed for office and changed her voting address.

Under Virginia law, to run for office, a candidate must have lived in Virginia for a year and be eligible to vote for that office. If the court finds that Wittmann’s primary residence is in Herndon or that she is ineligible to vote for Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney, she could be removed from the ballot. With the deadline to get on the November ballot past, if Wittmann is disqualified, the Democratic nominee Buta Biberaj would appear on the ballot unopposed.

Wittmann’s attorney, Charles King, called the suit “feeble” and said “Biberaj’s suit is a desperate attempt to take the decision about who should be our next Commonwealth’s Attorney away from the citizens, and move it into the court.”

King successfully defended another Republican, David I. Ramadan, against a similar claim in his 2011 race of the House of Delegates.

The petitioners requested Loudoun’s Circuit Court judges recuse themselves from hearing the case. The petition is set on the Sept. 9 docket for scheduling.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

13 thoughts on “Democrats: CA Candidate Wittmann Doesn’t Live in Loudoun

  • 2019-08-26 at 5:36 pm
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    Lol, Charlie King is a fun guy to hang out with, but this isn’t his first time around the block repping a non-Loudoun Republicant. His old client Eugene DelGaudio was also rumored to live in Fairfax. What’s wrong with the LCRC that they can’t find any local talent?

  • 2019-08-27 at 7:52 am
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    Cmackg, Your last comment was funny. I think ALL public servants from police, fire fighters, teachers and certainly anyone who claims to represent the people living in Loudoun should also live in Loudoun. I would support lessening or perhaps eliminating property taxes for all teachers, fireman, police and other non-political servants of the community . It would be more beneficial to the county to have such individuals as an integral part of our community when they are not working. Its simple – Buta is a better choice! When I was on the school board Buta started a program to help educate wayward kids on their legal rights and responsibilities. That helps the community and she did it for the community not asking for anything in return. Where is the volunteer record of this out of town candidate?

    • 2019-08-27 at 9:30 am
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      I agree with you on the property taxes, but those positions are clearly different that political positions. Political positions are meant to represent the citizens of that county, vote for them and to start making policy decisions on their behalf day 1 – there’s clearly a reason for the law. I am opposed to a candidate running from either party who doesn’t live in the county they represent. Personally, I think its pretty slimy to “pretend” to live in Loudoun to skirt an existing law – especially from someone who is meant to uphold those laws. If pretty clear from her actions her candidacy is for political gain and not for the residents of Loudoun, or she’d already live here. Regardless of the ruling, I hope she wouldn’t win based on these facts.

    • 2019-08-27 at 9:51 am
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      It’s great you think our public servants should live in the County they serve. That requires them being paid more to be able to afford to live in the County. Most can’t afford to live here. Giving them a tax brake won’t cut it. How do you plan on supporting increasing employee salaries so they can live here and keep the tax rate under $1.00 (one of your stated goals) while supporting all the other county operations, including the school budget?

      Totally agree that Buta is the much better choice. Her dedication to serving our community is unquestionable.

    • 2019-08-27 at 11:58 am
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      Eliminate property taxes for teachers and other “non-political” public servants (whatever that means) who own homes in Loudoun? That alone is a disqualifying statement for someone running to be Chair of the BOS.

  • 2019-08-27 at 2:23 pm
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    Buta is a social justice warrior I like my commonwealth attorney to be putting bad guys behind bars. Vote the best candidate even if she was from Herndon!

    • 2019-08-28 at 6:08 am
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      You do understand that if Wittmann registered to vote in a county other than where she lived then she committed voter fraud, don’t you? She is also now a prosecutor who intentionally lied on a sworn statement which could be used by defense attorneys in the future to challenge her role in cases.

  • 2019-08-27 at 4:27 pm
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    Picking winners and losers Mr. Ohneiser? You wish to create two classes of people: Those Loudoun homeowners who work for the taxpayers shall pay no taxes, while the 2nd class rest of Loudoun homeowners pay more to cover that lost revenue?

    The county administrator makes a nice check. The county attorney is right behind him. And the Superintendent of schools — The highest paid county employee, all need their taxes eliminated, but us regular Joe’s and Jane’s… pay more?

    From this ‘idea’ of yours, we are to assume you believe some animals are more equal than others? Creating resentment and two separate classes of citizens is your plan? Did the democrats ask you to float this lead balloon for them?

    In the interest of transparency, why don’t you admit that you’re a put up democrat front man, posing as a Indy?

    You rail against the MWAA, but are silent when your “friend” Rep. Wexton and the rest of the Loudoun democrats sell out to them by stealing our NVTA road money for their benefit. And now you’re publicly endorsing Buta Biberaj? A lawyer who supports suppressing the First Amendment right of others, is against Due Process, and has demonstrated a penchant to persecute her political opponents? That’s the ‘better choice’ for you Mr. O?

    Folks need to know about your “Two Classes of Citizens” idea.

  • 2019-08-27 at 5:20 pm
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    Wittmann is a snake just like Plowman. Two bullies who are used to getting there way and intimidating everyone all the while they themselves never follow the rules of law. There time has passed in this county and may the ancient dinosaurs go down in smoke forever in this upcoming election. They’ve never had an ounce of integrity and they’d send their grandmothers to the electric chair for jay walking if they could use it to get their conviction rate up and score one for politics. Wittmann’s behavior regarding not following the rules of residency is typical of her office whereby they believe they’re untouchable and whatever they do or whatever means they use doesn’t count on respect to the rule of law. Plowman was smart enough to know his time was up especially given Oneiser’s (a relatively unknown democratic challenger) huge voting numbers at the last election.
    It’s time to put Loudoun’s entire CA office out to pasture. Ms. Biberaj is an outstanding democratic candidate with the highest of integrity and decency and she truly cares about justice and she will put away the bad guys and work diligently within the laws of Virginia to do so. The old Wittmann regime believes everyone is guilty and they could care less about the laws of the Commonwealth…they do however only care about their own commonwealth…a vote for Biberaj is the right vote for Liberty and Justice for All…

  • 2019-08-27 at 6:14 pm
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    I wonder if the co-worker who rented the room has paid taxes and has a license to rent under the Loudoun law requiring owners to register, aka Airbnb.

    I bet not as this was probably a quick insider way to change “residence” with little or no cost.

    BTW, what was the rental fee and where is the contract?

  • 2019-08-27 at 7:58 pm
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    The Ramadan case that King referenced is quite different. Ramadan owned both homes and had family in both homes as I understand the 2011 Loudoun Times Mirror article. Interestingly but not relevant, the complaint was brought by Republicans challenging Ramadan’s primary victory. If I got any of that wrong, I’m sure Charlie King will correct my facts.

  • 2019-09-28 at 9:08 am
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    Algonkian District Voter Guide, printable

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
    Chair-John Whitbeck Jr., Republican
    Algonkian Suzanne Volpe, Republican, Incumbent

    33rd District-Suzanne Fox, Republican

    Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz Jr., Republican
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittmann, Republican
    Sheriff-Michael Chapman, Republican, Incumbent
    Treasurer-H. Roger Zurn Jr., Republican, Incumbent

    SCHOOL BOARD
    REPUBLICAN ENDORSED CANDIDATES
    At-Large Julie Sisson
    Algonkian -Melanie Turner

    Soil and Water Conservation District
    REPUBLICAN ENDORSED CANDIDATES
    -George Melik-Agamirian
    -Marina Schumacher, Incumbent
    -Jasvinder (Jimmy) Singh

  • 2019-10-01 at 7:32 am
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    Chris Manthos, You raise some very interesting points. I don’t accept the generality of picking winners and losers but balancing real needs of the community in an efficient and fair manner. After 10 years volunteering on the Good Shepherd Board I know the county does a great deal (could do more) for the homeless in Loudoun using taxpayer dollars. I know the county does a great deal to subsidize commuters (could do more) using taxpayer dollars. I know the Sheriff department assigns cars to deputies and when those deputies live out of the area that car sits idle for more time than it is used also using tax payer dollars which would not be wasted if the deputy lived in Loudoun. I don’t bring these up to argue but to agree that the cost of employees living in the county versus living elsewhere should be a topic of the BOS with some problem definition discussion before considering solutions. Thanks for the input.

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