Editor: It’s election season, and events are fast approaching their final turn. Like a journey at sea, there are many hazards lurking before the final completion of this voyage. Excuse my flourish, I’ve been reading sailing adventure books lately.
I live in Hamilton, the gem of Catoctin, far from the sea, but troubles face my town, district and county. This supervisor’s election offers a lot of risks for our region. The never-ending threat of development, the constant underfunding of our infrastructure and schools in comparison to those of Eastern Loudoun, as well as a game changing redistricting of the entire county after the 2020 census means that this year’s cycle of elections are as consequential as any previous.
We can be certain that if the GOP candidate wins, then our western schools and roads will continue in their current form of benign neglect. We in the west are expected to trade our wonderful viewsheds for substandard conditions on Rt 15, Rt 9 and the western schools. This benign neglect has been the symptom of an eastern Loudoun focused GOP majority that has worked to keep their constituents happy while keeping ours at bay. They’ve been aided by the inexperience and ineffective leadership of our recent Supervisors. Redistricting by a GOP board will guarantee that Catoctin and Broad Run don’t see a Democratic leader for another decade.
This race has three candidates – Forest Hayes, a Waterford resident with deep experience working in the US congress, in two DC mayorships, against an inexperienced lawyer, and a goat farmer. The seat of supervisor is not something to take on as a training job. I’ve been on my Town Council for nearly 20 years, and can testify that government is not for beginners. Look at our current president to see how some skill sets do not transfer well to governmental success. I truly believe that Forest Hayes is the most qualified candidate on the current slate across the county, and his 2 competitors are among the least capable.
Worst of all is Mr. Kroiz – to all my progressive and liberal friends out there, you can be certain in this day of partisanship, that he won’t win and the GOP candidate will likely squeak through if you support Kroiz. And even if miracles happen, Kroiz on the board will be more Republican than not – read the transcripts from the COLT debate. He quacks like a duck, believes the magic wand of deregulation will solve the Rural Economy, joked when asked about the serious issues of neighbors shooting neighbors, and his default response when asked for solutions is that further study is required. Sounds like more of the same benign neglect and inept legislative skills we’ve come to know and love in Catoctin. You may have a warm glow of making a point by casting a vote for Kroiz, but it will be overcome by the horror you find when you’ve been washed up on the rocks of chaos.
Craig Green, Hamilton