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No love from his friends: Chairman York’s fellow supervisors supporting King

Chairman Scott York (R) sits in his office in the county government center. Times-Mirror File Photo
County Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) is the only member of Loudoun's all-Republican Board of Supervisors outwardly supporting Chairman Scott York's bid for a fifth term.

Williams, a first-term Republican not seeking re-election, told the Times-Mirror he's supporting York over GOP nominee Charlie King in an email last week.

York, who is currently serving as a Republican, will appear on the November ballot as an independent.

The Loudoun County Republican Committee nominated King as its chairman candidate in early May, a time when York was thought to be retiring. Shortly before the June 9 deadline to register an independent candidacy, York flip-flopped for a second time and decided he would seek re-election.

The chairman's last-minute campaign has sparked cries of betrayal and arrogance within the GOP, leading critics to tag him nothing more than a political opportunist.

In addition to King, Williams is opposing GOP incumbent Eugene Delgaudio's quest for a fifth term.

“This year the party has nominated two candidates in the chairman and in the Sterling District that I cannot in good conscious support as being honest and capable representatives for Loudoun County,” Williams said. “Asides from these exceptions I will be supporting the Republican slate of nominees. I know straying will bring some criticism but for me doing what is in the best interest of the community takes priority.”

A former vice chairman of the board, Williams was formerly a candidate for chairman himself before details of prior arrests for drunken driving and domestic abuse surfaced in February.

Statements from York's other colleagues supporting King have set up a curious political dynamic as office-seekers rev up for campaign season.

The Republican supervisors – with the exception of Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) – say they're supporting King, though some are more enthusiastic than others. Buona would not say which chairman candidate he's supporting, though a picture on King's Facebook page shows Buona and King campaigning together.

Supervisors Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) said simply that they're Republicans, and in line with the party pledge, they support the Republican candidates.

Supervisor Janet Clarke (R-Blue Ridge) went further, saying she believes it's time for new leadership in the county and criticizing York for flipping back-and-forth on his candidacy.

“I think it's important for people to stand by their word,” Clarke said June 5. “I had supported Charlie from the get go, as a good Republican, as a good candidate … I still feel that Charlie is the right man for the job.”

Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg), who isn't seeking re-election, said he will be helping King with his campaign, as well.

Chairman York has dismissed the criticisms from the GOP as “silliness on the part of Eugene Delgaudio's attorney,” referring to King.

King served as Delgaudio's attorney in a special grand jury case investigating the Sterling supervisor, as well as during the failed effort to recall him from office.

The chairman's race is currently a four-way contest, with King, York, Democrat Phyllis Randall and independent Tom Bellanca in the running.

York's campaign is taking a centrist-approach, courting Loudoun residents with or without strong affiliations to a political party. Well-known businessman Michael O'Connor, who often supports Democratic candidates for office, is hosting York's campaign kick-off June 24.


Unwarranted you say, you have a short term memory problem bub. You have referred to York, Eugene and me as different parts of anatomy, so I guess I call you a liar!
Trying to validate your abnormal proclivities by finding fault with normal behavior is so typical of a bottom feeder. Because there are fewer of us wiser, older white males the world has turned into quagmire of pestilence and violence. Wouldn’t you fags love to turn a Delgaudio, some sort of brownie button for you and the gagging gays. I wonder how much you and your immediate family have burdened the taxpayers while you suck on the government teat? Quit playing the kid card it is as worn out as the gay card, bunch of sorry a$$7$. You are correct about York but for the wrong reasons as usual.
Delgaudio, “a master of constituent service” nuff said!

Did someone forget to tell York that Take Me Out To The Ballgame might not be the best music theme choice for his campaign?

Would Ralph Buona have run as a independent if he had lost. It appears he reneged on his pledge to support our candidate for the Chair. That may not be a flip flop but it certainty is a flop. Not supporting Charlie king is a slap in the face and his place as the republican nominee should be re-visited. If Shawn Williams does not like a person that moves them up a notch in my book. A savage critical of others is overstepping their limits again, hope not to see you again, Shawn!

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