Incumbent Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) will enter November’s general election with an endorsement from the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters.
The organization, which has never before endorsed a candidate in a local election, said Randall was a “rare and much-deserved case.”
“Chairwoman Randall has always had an open door for Loudoun’s firefighters to listen to their concerns and has consistently showed her support from the dais and in the public eye,” VPFF President Robert Bragg III said in a prepared statement. “She is an unwavering ally of Loudoun County and Virginia’s firefighters. We wish her luck on her campaign.”
Chartered in 1955, the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters, or VPFF, represents more than 8,000 professional firefighters and paramedics across the commonwealth.
Bragg went on to praise Randall for enhancing the hazardous duty supplement multiplier for public safety employees retirement plans. She was also recognized for helping to restore employer contributions, pushing for a county pay and compensation study to make Loudoun more competitive in northern Virginia and spearheading a policy change to support cancer presumption for firefighters.
Randall tweeted, "Such an honor to earn the endorsement of [the Virginia Professional Firefighters]! I’m beyond excited because this is a very rare distinction for a local candidate to receive. My commitment to our First Responders is unwavering and my gratitude to their service is unending."
Randall is facing attorney John Whitbeck, the Republican nominee, and attorney Robert Ohneiser, who is running as an independent, in the Nov. 5 election. All registered voters in Loudoun County can cast a ballot in the chairman of the Board of Supervisors race.
Editor's note: The Times-Mirror does not report on all political candidate endorsements. Endorsement stories will typically be written when the endorsement was either unexpected or came from an individual or organization that has traditionally been viewed as non-partisan or bipartisan.