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    Former Loudoun Democrats chairman who left party launches bid for supervisor

    Mike Turner chaired the Loudoun County Democratic Committee in 2010 and 2011 before leaving the committee in 2013. Courtesy Photo
    A former chairman of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee who left the local party following a contentious political nomination wants back in, and he hopes to earn the Democratic nomination for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.

    Mike Turner, who chaired the LCDC in 2010 and 2011, plans to run for the Ashburn District seat as a Democrat, but he presumably has some work to do to make amends with Democratic officials following his public departure from the committee.

    The Ashburn seat is currently held by Republican Ralph Buona, who is facing a GOP primary challenge from Joe Scallione.

    Turner left the LCDC in 2013 following the Democrats' nomination of Elizabeth Miller as the candidate for the 32nd District of the House of Delegates. At that time, Turner said the LCDC is only as good as the people it elects to leadership positions.

    When the LCDC nominated Miller, the committee "fell way, way below my personal standards of integrity,” Turner said.

    Turner wasn't the only member to leave the committee following Miller's nomination. Several Loudoun Democrats viewed the Miller nomination with skepticism because her husband, former Loudoun Supervisor Stevens Miller, has had a fractious history with the LCDC.

    Stevens Miller, a Democrat who was elected Dulles supervisor in 2007, endorsed Republican Ken Reid over Democrat Kelly Burk for the Leesburg district seat in the 2011 supervisors' election. That same year both Millers supported independent candidate Cliff Keirce in the supervisors race over incumbent Democrat Andrea McGimsey. LCDC bylaws prevent members from endorsing candidates outside the party, according to Stevens Miller, which is why he and his wife resigned from the party committee in 2011.

    Turner, a retired Air Force colonel and nonprofit executive, notes on his website he's running "to achieve sustainable community solutions that benefit the greatest number of people." He lists education, transportation, development and imagination as his key focuses.


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