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Police Group Announces Endorsements, Which Don’t Include Sheriff’s Candidates

© Leesburg Today - 09/25/2015

The Loudoun County Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association announced endorsements for 2015 political races Thursday, but a key contest was missing.

That was the battle for the office of sheriff. The law enforcement membership group said it won't support any candidate in that race, which pits Republican incumbent Mike Chapman against independent Stephen O. Simpson, a former sheriff himself, and Democrat Brian P. Allman.

""The Loudoun Chapter of the VAPBA has decided to not endorse any candidate for the office of sheriff,"" PBA spokesman Tim Reichert said in an email. ""We plan to address this 'non-endorsement' in a press release in the next few days outlining the reasons why.""

The organization did identify its preferred candidates for commonwealth's attorney and Board of Supervisors, however.

The Loudoun PBA is backing incumbent Republican James E. Plowman for commonwealth's attorney over Democrat Bob Ohneiser.

And in the supervisor races, the PBA supports the following candidates:

• Chairman: Democrat Phyllis Randall

• Algonkian District: Republican incumbent Suzanne M. Volpe

• Ashburn District: Democrat Mike Turner

• Blue Ridge District: Republican Tony Buffington

• Broad Run District: Republican Ron Meyer

• Catoctin District: Republican incumbent Geary M. Higgins

• Dulles District: Republican incumbent Matthew F. Letourneau

• Leesburg District: Republican Will Estrada

• Sterling District: Democrat Koran T. Saines

The hopefuls were chosen after a political screening Sept. 19, the PBA said in its announcement.

""These candidates' knowledge and experience on issues that are important to law enforcement professionals make them deserving recipients of our endorsement,"" Loudoun County PBA Chapter President Sean Dikeman said in a prepared statement. ""The Loudoun County Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association is proud to put our support behind these candidates and asks that the citizens of Virginia do the same. A vote for these candidates is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve.""

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