MORE: Scott York flip-flops again, will seek fifth term as independent
Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) will seek a fifth term in 2015, this time as an independent.
York announced his campaign Tuesday afternoon via email. He joins Republican nominee Charlie King, Democrat Phyllis Randall and independent Tom Bellanca in the race.
In a prepared statement, York said: “The field of candidates is simply not qualified to lead the county in the capacity of chair. I have taken a great deal of time to look at them. Allowing any of the current candidates to act in the capacity of chair would be irresponsible to the citizens of Loudoun. Not one of them has even been or sought to be a district supervisor for their community and the chairmanship is simply not one which should be a training position."
York's statement is wrong. Randall ran for a supervisor seat in 2007, and Bellanca sought the chairmanship in 2011.
York's independent campaign completes a double flip-flop. In 2014, he told the Times-Mirror he was seeking re-election. Then in January this year, the chairman announced he would step down at the conclusion of this term.
After serving one term as a Republican supervisor for Sterling from 1996 until 1999, York was elected chairman as an independent in 1999, 2003 and 2007 before returning to the GOP in 2011, according to the Virginia Public Access Project
York's decision is sharply at odds with what he told executives at the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and Virginia News Group less than a month ago.
As recently as mid-May, York told Chamber of Commerce President Tony Howard and Virginia News Group Publisher Peter Arundel he would not seek another term.
“I will not be putting my hat back in the ring,” York said in a Facebook message to Arundel, who publishes the Loudoun Times-Mirror.
The chairman's message with Arundel came in the lead-up to a ceremony, sponsored by the Times-Mirror and local Chamber of Commerce, honoring York with the annual Citizen of the Year Award. Management at both the Times-Mirror and local Chamber of Commerce agreed the Citizen of the Year honor would not be bestowed on a politician seeking re-election to avoid conflicts of interest.
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