The Loudoun Democrats showed up in record numbers on Saturday January 7,2012 for their bi-annual re-organization meeting. So many Democrats showed up at the Lansdowne Conference Center that the basic membership had to be increased to include them all.
Outgoing Chairman Mike Turner handed over his gavel with an unbowed and unapologetic challenge to the many voters who, for whatever reason, did not come out to vote on election day. He warned that they may soon be forced “to recognize the nightmare they have created for this county.” Of the Republicans who now control the Board of Supervisors outright, he said, “They now have no one to blame but themselves” and he promised that the Democrats will “as the rational, mature adults in the room” carefully monitor their actions “and be a voice on behalf of all the people of Loudoun.” Foremost among the concerns voiced was protection of the current zoning ordinances and the rural economy of Western Loudoun, particularly the endangered transition zone between West and East.
Turner will be replaced as chairman by Evan Macbeth of Leesburg. The two vice chairs of the new committee will be Joe Pabis, former chair of the Blue Ridge District, and Dan Lloyd, a former candidate for Supervisor from Sterling.
Photo courtesy of Robert Pierce