Navy veteran Rich McMunn announced Thursday his candidacy for Ashburn District supervisor on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
McMunn hopes to succeed Supervisor Ralph Buona (R), who is not seeking reelection. Democrats Kiran Gunnam and Mike Turner are seeking their party's nomination.
“I’m running for supervisor because there is more work to be done,” McMunn said in a prepared statement. “I never thought I would run for office, but I’ve experienced the high tolls and the congested roads that Ashburn families face every single day. Solid plans to solve some of these issues have been put in place, but we need to ensure that they are properly implemented. The proposed Greenway alternative is a great example of a project that needs to be completed as quickly as possible.”
McMunn’s campaign priorities include fighting high tolls, reducing congestion, accelerating road projects that bypass the Greenway, investing in education, keeping taxes low, ensuring proper growth around the new Metro stations and enhancing green space in Ashburn.
The Republican candidate served in the Navy for two decades, focusing on the submarine force. Following his retirement, McMunn moved to Ashburn with his two daughters and wife Debbie. He works as a director for an IT company in Loudoun County.
“I have two young daughters in Loudoun County Public Schools,” McMunn said. “I want them to have every opportunity to succeed and grow in their education. And when they come home, I want to be able to enjoy the outdoors."
Buona first won office in 2011 by more than 20 points. In 2015, he won by 4 percentage points over Turner.