Edtior: I was dismayed to receive in the mail a postcard flyer entitled “2019 Blue Ridge Voter Guide,” not from a non-partisan source, but as it turns out from candidate Tia Walbridge. I admit it took me sometime to discover this as the “authorization” was conveniently printed in white on a near white background.
The content was misleading as to the actual positions of her opponent, the incumbent Blue Ridge Supervisor Tony Buffington. It is one of the basic premises of negative ads to select out of context statements and ignore the overall record of the opponent. It is done often these days, but should have no place in a community where we are all neighbors who share a love for Loudoun County.
I support the re-election of Tony Buffington because he has the experience and commitment to represent our rural community.He is already our champion who has earned a “seat at the table” to quote the flyer.But I’ve also very much-admired Tia Walbridge who has studied the issues and up to now run a positive campaign.
So I pass on a lesson from my own ill-fated run for supervisor some years ago.I, too, began to realize that I was losing the race.And I was told to “get tough” and go “negative.”I choose not to do so and in fact preferred to lose with dignity. I have never regretted that decision as I have found many other ways to contribute to Loudoun County over the years which might not have opened up had I chosen another path at the end of my run for office.
Al Van Huyck, Round Hill