Interesting (and major!) announcement from Loudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall, who was widely considered to be a likely candidate – and potentially a very strong one – for the VA10 Democratic nomination. Currently, announced candidates include former VA House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, State Sen. Jennifer Boysko, Del. David Reid, former VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni, and several candidates I’m not familiar with – Krystle Kaul, Brandon Garay, Mark Leighton and Michael Freedman. Also widely expected to run are: State Senator Suhas Subramanyam, Del. Michelle Maldonado; former Del. Ibraheem Samirah, Del. Dan Helmer, and presumably others as well. Stay tuned…
As I’ve said many times, I wake up every morning honored to serve as the Chair of Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors. Even after eight years, my excitement for the work this Board has done and, more importantly will continue to do, hasn’t waned even in the slightest. So I’m sincerely grateful to the people of this county for ensuring their trust and reelecting me to a third term. From the ever critical work of expanding attainable housing to finally ushering in historic collective bargaining rights for our county workers, the best is truly yet to come and I can’t wait to get back to work.
However, I must first address the recent speculation regarding my own immediate political future. Over the past few weeks, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and encouragement I have received from so many members of the community encouraging me to run in the next years open contest for Virginia’s 10th congressional district. Your confidence and belief in me is moving.
Now, as I always made clear upon being repeatedly asked over the course of this past campaign: any decision on a 2024 congressional run would only be considered upon the conclusion the 2023 local Loudoun elections and after much prayer and discussions my family. Having spoken about the matter in great detail over this past week we have concluded that the best place for me and our family at this point in time is for me to continuing spending 100% of my time, energy and focus on the job that I love. As such I will not be a candidate for Congress in VA-10.
Let me be 100% clear: I in no way came this decision easily as I feel strongly, that my unique experience and perspective would have positively added to the overall debate. I look forward to ensuring the eventual nominee clearly understands the importance and power of local government.
We go forward…