Shawn Williams resigns as Loudoun County supervisor following Sunday-morning arrest

Broad Run Supervisor Shawn Williams

Ron Meyer, the Republican hoping to succeed now former Supervisor Shawn Williams on Loudoun's Board of Supervisors, will ask the board to not consider appointing him as Williams' replacement.

Williams resigned as the board's Broad Run District representative Sunday after an early-morning arrest for unlawful entry and simple assault in an alleged incident involving a neighbor.

Meyer is the Republican nominee set to appear on the ballot in November. He will face Democrat Al Nevarez.

"Ultimately, I want our campaign's ideas -- especially to build a Greenway alternative -- to be on an untainted ballot this Nov. 3," Meyer said in a statement. "While I believe we could have gotten started on this initiative, I am confident that whomever the board chooses will work with us in these last few pivotal months to begin making progress on realigning Shellhorn Road."

Williams apologizes, issues statement

Also Monday morning, Williams issued a statement apologizing to friends, family, colleagues and constituents.

Williams said it has become "painfully clear" he needs help with his alcohol abuse.

"Yesterday I resigned my position as the Broad Run District representative on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. I want to apologize to my family, colleagues, neighbors, friends and constituents for this disappointment. My understanding is that a succession plan is currently being worked out that will ensure the Broad Run District has good representation on the Board of Supervisors through the end of the year.

On Saturday night after a long neighborhood party, I confronted my good friend and neighbor after he gave me what I know was intended as friendly advice. I want to specifically apologize to him and his family for my actions. This poor decision highlights a personal shortcoming that can no longer be denied or compartmentalized. It has become painfully clear I need help with my alcohol abuse and I am getting professional help. Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers at this time."

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