Former Loudoun County Supervisor Mick Staton will replace Rich McMunn as the Republican candidate for Ashburn District seat on the Board of Supervisors.
The Loudoun County Republican Committee made the announcement Monday after McMunn indicated he would relocating to pursue employment opportunities.
Staton hopes to succeed two-term Supervisor Ralph Buona (R), who is not seeking re-election. Retired Air Force Col. Mike Turner is running for the seat as the Democratic nominee.
“I was pleased to support Rich’s candidacy,” Staton said in a prepared statement. “I am sorry that he has ended his campaign, but I am honored to have been asked to serve again. I have been an Ashburn resident for 10 years and my prior experience as a Loudoun supervisor will serve the district well.”
Staton said his top priorities entering the race are keeping taxes low, bringing more jobs to Loudoun County and protecting the existing communities of Ashburn, according to Republican committee officials.
Staton was elected to represent the old Sugarland Run District in 2003. Four years later, he lost to Democrat Susan Buckley by 19 percentage points.
McMunn said, “While it would have been a great honor to serve on the Board of Supervisors, my family and I have decided to pursue an incredible employment opportunity that has arisen outside Virginia. We are extremely fortunate that former supervisor Mick Staton has stepped up to replace me as the nominee and he has my full support and endorsement. Mick will make a great Supervisor for the people of Ashburn.”
The Loudoun County Republican Committee will officially take up the matter during its July 22 meeting.
Every seat on the Loudoun Board of Supervisors is up for a vote in this November's election.