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Dulles Area Realtors Candidate Endorsements

August 7, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections Be the first to comment

The Dulles Area Realtors Association (DAAR) released their endorsements for the 2015 Board of Supervisor candidates in Loudoun County.

Candidates completed a questionnaire and were interviewed by area DAAR members. Of the nine candidates chosen, six are Republican, two Democrat, and one is currently an elected Republican running as an Independent.

Lars Henriksen, Chairman of DARPAC Trustees, said, “Our endorsements are aimed at supporting individuals who understand the importance of strong neighborhoods and vibrant businesses in our communities.”

DAAR is an association with over one thousand realtors. Their 2015 legislative agenda highlighted opposition to increases in proffer levels required by Loudoun County, overlay districts, and conditions in the Chesapeake Bay Act that create “no build” protection areas that restrict development. With regards to affordable housing, DAAR believes the county should do more to help promote policies for down-payment assistance and other private assistance programs rather than pursue developmental restriction policies.
he endorsed candidates include: Ralph Buona (R), Asbhurn; Kristen Umstattd (D), Leesburg; Suzanne Volpe (R), Algonkian; Tony Buffington (R), Blue Ridge; Koran Saines (D), Sterling; Ronald A. Meyer,Jr. (R), Broad Run; Geary Higgins (R), Catoctin; Matt Letourneau (R), Dulles; Scott York (I), At-Large Chairman; and Gary Clemens (R), Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Loudoun Election Officials Release Names Of Candidates On November Ballot

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Election Officials Release Names Of Candidates On November Ballot

The Loudoun County Electoral Board announces that the following candidates for local offices have filed all the required paperwork with the Office of Elections and Voter Registration to appear on the November 3 General Election ballot:

Constitutional Officers
• Clerk of the Circuit Court – Gary M. Clemens, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock
• Commonwealth’s Attorney – Robert J. Ohneiser, James E. ‘Jim’ Plowman
• Sheriff – Brian P. Allman; Michael L. ‘Mike’ Chapman, Steve O. Simpson
• Commissioner of Revenue – Robert S. ‘Bob’ Wertz Jr.
• Treasurer – Evan D. Macbeth, H. Roger Zurn Jr.
Soil and Water Conservation District
• Soil and Water Conservation Director, Loudoun (vote for 3) – John P. Flannery II, Marina R. Schumacher, L. Ali Shahriari, E. Burwell Wingfield, James K. Wiley

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Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot

June 12, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Loudoun Election Officials Release Names of Local Candidates on General Election Ballot

The Loudoun County Electoral Board announces that the following candidates for local offices have filed all the required paperwork with the Office of Elections and Voter Registration to appear on the November 3, 2015, General Election ballot:

Constitutional Officers

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court – Gary M. Clemens, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock
  • Commonwealth’s Attorney – Robert J. Ohneiser, James E. ‘Jim’ Plowman
  • Sheriff – Brian P. Allman; Michael L. ‘Mike’ Chapman, Steve O. Simpson
  • Commissioner of Revenue – Robert S. ‘Bob’ Wertz Jr.
  • Treasurer – Evan D. Macbeth, H. Roger Zurn Jr.

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Simpson To Run for Sheriff

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Simpson To Run for Sheriff

Former Sheriff Stephen Simpson has announced he will run as an Independent in the November election. “I run because I see a sheriff’s office in need of new leadership, a sheriff’s office that has been allowed to regress over the last four years … in this campaign I will discuss a number of issues that need the public’s immediate attention. In my 16 years as sheriff, I never went over budget, even in the leanest of years,” he said.

Simpson continued, “Incumbent Sheriff Chapman overran the budget by $3 million. When confronted by the Board of Supervisors, Chapman said he didn’t know anything about it. And he blamed his underlings. That prompted one supervisor to observe Chapman was blaming everyone but himself. This year, of course, Chapman claimed he returned $4 million to the treasury. What he doesn’t tell you is how.”

Simpson said, “The bulk of his ‘savings’ came from unfilled positions – money he couldn’t spend on anything else. He promised savings, but what did he really do? He disbanded the narcotics and gang units … and sent some deputies to work on task forces not even doing cases in Loudoun County.”

Simpson told the Blue Ridge Leader he wanted to bring the personnel in the narcotics and gang units back up to their full complement, as well as filling other vacancies in the patrol and specialty divisions. “Deputies have reported to me that the lack of manpower attributable to unfilled positions has resulted in fewer investigators working actual cases inside this county. I propose filling the funded positions as an answer to increased gang recruitment and activity in the eastern part of the county, and increased drug activity, including meth, in the western part. Even the sheriff’s office has published numbers showing a staggering increase in heroin overdoses and fatalities here in Loudoun County,” Simpson said.

Richard Jimmerson To Run for Blue Ridge Supervisor Seat

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson To Run for Blue Ridge Supervisor Seat

Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson has announced his candidacy as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Jimmerson is “excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters … Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district,” he said “ … I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge.” … Continue Reading

Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

May 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Richard Jimmerson Announces Candidacy for Blue Ridge Supervisor

Purcellville resident Richard Jimmerson announced his candidacy, May 18, as an Independent running for the Blue Ridge District seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

He is excited to get his campaign moving forward, meeting and connecting with supporters. “Decisions made by the Board of Supervisors over the next four years will have a profound and lasting impact on the future direction of the district. I am confident I can balance the needs and interests of our varied communities in the Blue Ridge,” said Jimmerson

The Blue Ridge District covers a vast area of land that includes western Loudoun County and Brambleton. Richard understands the needs of these two areas are often not aligned. He will work hard as Supervisor to bring needed infrastructure improvements for the rapidly growing Brambleton area and will relentlessly advocate for both preservation and conservation efforts in Western Loudoun.

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Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District

March 13, 2015 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board. … Continue Reading

Bob Ohneiser To Run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney

December 10, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Bob Ohneiser To Run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney
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Bob Ohneiser, Esq. of Ashburn, a lawyer with many years of legal experience has decided to run for Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney.

Ohneiser is admitted to both the New York bar and the Virginia bar well as to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has worked on the defense side of the law, but also has extensive experience dealing with prosecutors and the police.  Ohneiser decided to run out of exasperation with the current Commonwealth Attorney, and that individual’s seeming refusing to support sincere investigatory efforts into insuring that police don’t act improperly against citizens. One example he cites is the May 2013 incident where a Costco employee was shot dead after five deputies claimed they were in mortal and immediate danger from 38-year-old Mhai Scott. … Continue Reading

Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner

November 7, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner
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“Earlier Friday, Ed Gillespie called to inform me that he would be conceding the election, and I commended him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his family well. I am sure Ed Gillespie will continue to contribute to the debate in Virginia and the nation.

“Representing Virginia has been the honor of my life, and I am gratified that the people of the Commonwealth have rehired me for a new term. On Tuesday, Virginians sent an unmistakable message both to me and Congress as a whole: end the gridlock and get to work. … Continue Reading

At the Polls…

November 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on At the Polls…

As the votes roll in, check here for today’s election results.

We will update this article as we receive word from the polls.

Updated 12:45 p.m., November 5 CS=County Subtotals O=Overall
Ed Gillespie: CS: 45,483 / O: 1,052,993
Mark Warner: CS: 45,027 / O: 1,068,931
Robert Sarvis: CS: 2,080 / O: 53,169

House of Representatives:
Barbara Comstock: CS: 49,928 / O: 125,865
John Foust: CS: 39,481 / O: 89,894
William Redpath: CS: 1,468 / O: 3,393
Dianne Blais: CS: 412 / O: 944
Brad Eickholt: CS: 1,117 / O: 2,441

Leesburg Mayor
Tom Dunn: 3,243
Kristen Umstattd: 6,191

Leesburg Town Council
Cathleen “Kelly” Burk: 5,198
Dwight Dopilka: 2,787
Suzanne Fox: 4,204
Fernando “Marty” Martinez: 4,114
Jeffrey Phillips: 2,934
Kevin Wright: 3,428

Hillsboro Mayor
Rodger Vance: 26 Uncontested
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Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

October 12, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

Loudoun County election officials remind citizens that 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, is the deadline to register to vote or update a registered voter’s address for the upcoming election on November 4. If you are registering to vote by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than October 14.

Citizens may also apply to vote online at www.vote.virginia.gov. Anyone who is not sure if they are registered to vote may check their status at www.vote.virginia.gov. … Continue Reading

Campaign Corner

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Campaign Corner

Republican Candidate for the United States Congress 10th District
barbaracomstockBarbara Comstock is currently a member of the House of Delegates serving McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna and Loudoun County. Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013.  She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee and is the only woman serving as a Chairman in the House of Delegates. She also serves on the Transportation, and Commerce & Labor Committees.  Comstock previously served as a senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, a senior Justice Department official, a senior partner in a law firm and a small business owner. She has lived in McLean, VA for the past 33 years where she raised her three children with her husband, Chip.

Today the real battles we face aren’t about left vs. right – it’s about past vs. future; the status quo vs. moving forward. … Continue Reading

Fraser Wins!

May 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fraser Wins!

Kwasi A. Fraser won the election for mayor in Purcellville .

He defeated Councilman Keith Melton, and the unofficial count is Fraser 868 votes to Melton’s 539 votes. Fraser’s term will begin July 1, as Mayor Bob Lazaro’s term will expire on June 30.

The three newly elected town council members are: Benjamin Packard with 901 votes, Karen Jimmerson with 841 and Doug McCollum with 791. Purcellville Police Lieutenant James Rust came in fourth, with 761 votes.

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015


NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015


Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015


I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015


– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015


By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015


By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …


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A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015


By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015


Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015


Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015


Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015


Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015


The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015


Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015


Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship


Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers


By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …


Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill


On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015


Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015


Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015


– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015


– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015


With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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