Candidate for sheriff announces intentions
A former Leesburg Police Department officer intends to challenge Loudoun County’s sheriff in next year’s election.
Ron Speakman, 49, of Leesburg, will formally announce his candidacy next month for Loudoun’s top law enforcement position. His campaign will launch a website – ronspeakmanforsheriff.com – on Oct. 1.
Speakman, a former investment banking business owner and real estate investor, said he was compelled to get back into public service because of “an alarming increase in violent crime in Loudoun County.”
He served as a police officer with the Town of Leesburg from 1985 to 1991. Prior to working in Leesburg, Speakman was a police officer in Alexandria and Lindsay, Calif., and a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
In total, Speakman says he’s bringing 13 years of law enforcement experience to the race.
The soon-to-be candidate will run as a Republican against incumbent Sheriff Steve Simpson.
Simpson said he intends to run for a fifth term as sheriff, but will not formally announce his candidacy until November.
Speakman, the first to challenge Simpson before the November 2011 elections, said the county’s law enforcement has operated under ineffective leadership.
He said with Loudoun’s resources, the county’s residents should be seeing a decrease in crime.
“Loudoun County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country. The increase in crime is due to ineffective leadership, not a lack of resources,” Speakman said.
Speakman points to numbers from the Bureau of Justice Statistics from 2006 to 2008 as evidence that violent crime rose 54 percent during those times.
“Given the resources that Loudoun County has, I would be able to arrest that trend within 12 months,” Speakman said.
Simpson countered Speakman’s claims, saying recent crime statistics show a decrease in offenses.
“Those statistics, if you look at the most recent year, crime is trending down,” Simpson said. “Obviously, he’s using old numbers.”
“I think we’re very efficient and doing an outstanding job with the resources we have,” Simpson continued.
If elected, Speakman said he plans to use a proactive approach in law enforcement.
Speakman will hold a crime symposium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the River Creek Country Club just east of Leesburg, where he said he will outline his platform.
The event is open to the public.
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