Loudoun’s Dem Supervisors Support DC Statehood

The Loudoun Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution calling for Washington, DC, to become the country’s 51st state along a party line vote.

The board’s six Democrats voted in favor, with Republican Supervisors Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) and Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) abstaining and Caleb A. Kershner (R-Catoctin) absent. Disagreement centered not on the merits of DC statehood, but whether Loudoun County should be officially opining on the topic. Letourneau said he would abstain “consistent with my longstanding practice of only voting on resolutions that are within the jurisdiction of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and government.”

“My test, as it always has been, is: Is this a subject that we have jurisdiction over? And we do not in this,” Letourneau said. “This is a federal issue. Further, the federal representatives that we could potentially influence have already weighed in on it and have well-stated positions, so the involvement of our board is not something that will be germane for their discussion.”

Buffington agreed with that argument. But the majority on the board pushed ahead with the resolution that their May 18 meeting.

“This is very regrettable situation in our nation where we are treating more than 700,000 people as basically a colony without rights to representation in Congress,” said Supervisor Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian).

And they argued that it is an issue that impacts Loudoun, which is tied to the DC region through Dulles Airport and Metro’s Silver Line, and an issue which could also affect funding for the region.

“We ask for them to support us in a lot of initiatives and items, so I think we need to do the same here and support them,” said Vice Chairman Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling). “It is the right thing to give them fair representation.”

“There are times when it’s important for the Loudoun County board to go out of our jurisdictional lines and support what is right,” said County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), responding to Letourneau—who had pointed out voting on issues outside of Loudoun has become more common with the current board.

The county board’s vote follows one by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors, of which Randall and Briskman are members, also supporting DC statehood.

While DC residents pay federal taxes, they have no voting representation in Congress. In this they join the residents of the U.S.’s five inhabited territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Washington, D.C. Admission Act has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting action in the Senate. It calls for the creation of “the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth,” named for Black statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and includes all of DC with exceptions for federal buildings.

If DC were to win statehood, it would be the first new member of the United States in 62 years—likely more, considering the transition process, which would include a Statehood Transition Commission and writing a state constitution. It would also be the fifth “commonwealth” among U.S. states, joining Virginia, although there is no practical difference attached to the naming convention.

The most recent new state in the union is Hawaii, which gained statehood on August 21, 1959, months after Alaska, which gained statehood on Jan. 3, 1959. Prior to that, the most recent new states were Arizona and New Mexico in 1912.

8 thoughts on “Loudoun’s Dem Supervisors Support DC Statehood

  • 2021-05-24 at 4:37 pm
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    These leftists could care less about District residents — They’re taking their orders from their fat cat political party bosses to seize power. Try spending your time being public servants to the people of Loudoun. We deserve so much better than this.

  • 2021-05-24 at 5:08 pm
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    Of course the democrats on the board voted for this. They are voting to dilute Virginia citizens’ influence in Congress and weighing in on a subject for which they have no jurisdiction. It seems Loudoun democrats only seem to focus on trivial virtue signaling when they are doing exactly the wrong thing for Loudoun taxpayers.

    DC residents choose to live in a federal jurisdiction where they know they have no congressional representation then want to change the rules set forth set forth in the US Constitution.
    Then again , Briskman has shown us before how respectful she is when she had her moment of fame when she “flipped the bird “ at the president. how classless and stupid can you be?

    • 2021-05-24 at 10:59 pm
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      Don’t ask Briskman how low she can go, she will always try to top herself.

  • 2021-05-24 at 5:29 pm
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    What next statehood for L.A., Detroit and Chicago…and name it after George Washington!

  • 2021-05-24 at 7:11 pm
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    No Finger Lady, it’s not like a colony. It’s called a federal city. A city who’s residents are free to move to a state if they desire to have Federal representation.

    If this is the most important issue on the (D)s docket, then redraw the city and annex the rest to Maryland.

    PROBLEM SOLVED.

    Why are our elected “leaders” trying to diminish our voting rights?

  • 2021-05-25 at 9:30 am
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    Leftists like Phyllis want 3 things. 3 things that will ensure they are in power for generations. 1st DC statehood, to take control of the Senate. 2nd, packing the Supreme Court with 5 more Libs, and last, ending the Filibuster to squelch any possible dissent or opposition. With no legal recourse for opposing the Left, what do you think conservative Americans’ only recourse will be? The Left doesn’t allow for an open debate on the merits of their policies as has been demonstrated by FB, Google, YouTube, Twitter… all shutting down conservative’s opinions or outright banning them. The Left(Big Tech/Big Gov, Media) are playing a very dangerous game with our liberties that won’t end well for any of us, conservative or liberal.

  • 2021-05-25 at 10:19 am
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    Here we go again! Why in God’s name is the LOUDOUN county board of supervisors chiming in on matters that are not in their purview? Three cheers to Letourneau for reiterating the obvious. This action by Randall and her minions reinforces what we already know about the politically driven agenda of the democratic majority on the board that is NOT serving the people of Loudoun. Randall has to go as well as other political and self motivated board members that are NOT working for the citizens of Loudoun County.

  • 2021-05-25 at 1:34 pm
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    There is no value added to Loudoun County by the DEMs on the BOS. They always distract from their leadership short comings. This time is really a doozy.

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