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On October 3 the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County (LWVLC) held a very lively free, public forum at the Rust Library for the Virginia House of Delegates candidates in Districts 10 and 33. Close to 100 citizens attended and were able to ask three of the candidates questions on issues of real concern in our region––health care, rural businesses, Confederate war memorials, funding Metro, traffic, gun control and public education.

Tenth District Republican incumbent Randy Minchew and his Democratic opponent Wendy Gooditis, and 33rd District challenger Democrat Tia Walbridge graciously attended.­­ 33rd District Republican incumbent Dave LaRock did not, despite numerous invitations from League organizers. He missed out on meeting 100 of his constituents who care about what happens in Loudoun County and the West.

The League also planned a free public forum for the Eastern Loudoun candidates in House Districts 32, 34, and 87. As with Delegate LaRock, none of the Republican candidates would attend, despite repeated attempts to engage them.

For almost 100 years, the mission of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters has been to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government, through education and advocacy. In Loudoun County, the League is known for its nonpartisan candidate forums during local election cycles. Other groups host candidate forums that cost citizens to attend. The League’s are free and open to everyone. When candidates won’t participate, Loudoun citizens are denied the right to meet and question the people who are paid, or want to be paid, to represent us. This is not in keeping with a free and open democratic society.

November 7 is an important election in Loudoun County. We will be voting for our governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and all delegates to the Virginia House. Let us hear from our candidates in person!

Kathleen Hughes

President of the League of Women Voters of Loudoun County


Not a bipartisan group

Delegates and Senators are part timers and who is the League to tell incumbents how to run a re-election campaign. Seems like the League has lofty opinions of themselves.

Kathleen, it appears nobody believes you are nonpartisan.

I’m also not sure where you get the idea that you have a “right” to meet and question the candidates.  It might be a good “opportunity” for some, but there is no right.

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