2019 Loudoun State of the County | Phyllis Randall

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D) praises her fellow supervisors and county staff at her State of the County address on May 22.

Republicans of Loudoun County are petitioning to recall and remove Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) from her position for speaking at the downtown Leesburg march held to memorialize George Floyd and protest his suffocation and murder by police in Minneapolis. The march was organized to demand justice and peace and to end systematic racism.

Randall was elected chair at-large to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in November 2015 and re-elected in November 2019. Her election was historic, as she became the first woman of color in Virginia history to be an elected chair of a county Board of Supervisors.

The march referenced above was totally peaceful and gave me a sense of hope and calm amid the COVID-19 pandemic and senseless murder we all witnessed on TV.

Phyllis Randall was there as a black citizen marching with more than 1,000 locals in harmony to protest police violence in the U.S. Anyone who knows the racist history of Virginia needs to recognize the courage of all black participants to march in the street unarmed. We were all moved by the turnout and solidarity of the mostly white marchers, young and old, saying, “We want to support equal justice under the law.” Freedom of speech is guaranteed to all citizens, as is the right to peaceful assembly and protest. Phyllis Randall and other black local citizens spoke to the crowd spontaneously at the courthouse steps. Randall has two sons and worries about their safety. She had every right to speak.

Gail Pean

Leesburg

 

(21) comments

jke

Randall says you are better off Red than dead. Bring the Marxism you'll love it!

jke

She has a right to speak as a private citizen but then uses the dais from a BoS meeting as the picture for the article? Shame on the worst chair ever!

amerigirl

It's a stock pic. Do you really think a letter to the editor has a picture?

Accountability

Quote from Gail that LTM probably cut out just so they could copy/paste another opinion piece by a fan favorite.

"The Young Republicans need to examine their racist motives to remove our elected favorite public official. Their actions reflect a modern-day lynching."

June 16 Loudoun Now

amerigirl

Well I guess that's her opinion, what does the fan favorite mean? The article you took the quote from was a letter she wrote referencing an article that Loudoun Now wrote about the Young Repubs. Your point?

Accountability

LTM wants to cut the divisive rhetoric, then publishes divisive rhetoric. Surely they can set a higher standard as a subsidiary of Odgen that wants to deliver quality content. Why publish someone who is trying to appropriate the pain of lynchings for their political preferences?

FYI, the quote was from a letter, not an article. Big difference. Reading your comment history I'm also 100% ready for a rebuttal to argue about something.

amerigirl

Sounds like you should have written a letter to the editor instead. You have to know that the letters reflect the writer’s views not the media, right? OK, the article in Loudoun Now was a letter she wrote to them, isn’t that what I said? An opinion piece is an article. An article is almost everything, excluding ads, PSA’s that is printed. Most letters to the editor are biased and they have printed them from all kinds of people with differing opinions.

BobOhneiserEsq

Ms. Randall has EVERY right to speak and the BOS has every right to act EXCEPT the SHERIFF is independently responsible for the safety of Loudoun. Does anyone remember the BOS especially the Chair wanting the Sheriff to do the bidding of the politically charged/ party attentive BOS? Can we now imagine what "COULD" have happened in Leesburg if the Sheriff was ordered to stand down while looters had advance approval to make a statement "THEY" believed was covered by the First amendment? Perhaps it is time for the majority of Loudoun registered voters to consider how serious their lack of participation could affect Loudoun. Next time get off your couches, stop watching CNN etc and vote!!!!!!!! :-)

amerigirl

What are you referring to?

Voltaire

Bob--there are several problems with your comment. One, there was ZERO looting in Leesburg. So I am not sure where you are coming from there. Two, I think that you need to understand how law enforcement works. As my family is in law enforcement, I will explain. Leesburg is an incorporated town within the County of Loudoun. Leesburg Police is the primary agency responsible for policing the town. That is why there were Leesburg Police officers present at the demonstration. If the protestors started looting/rioting, then the Leesburg Police would have responded first. If they did not have sufficient manpower, then they could/would request assistance, from the Loudoun County Sheriff and the Virginia State Police as needed. Also, if there had been rioting, then the law enforcement agencies would have set up a Multi-Agency Command Center and I would guess that the Leesburg Police, as the prime agency, would command the center. In matters of law enforcement, the Sheriff/Chief of Police has jurisdiction here and don't have to heed the instructions from the BOS Chairperson as she does not have jurisdiction.

RoundHillGuy

All of those people who showed up to protest to re-open their businesses...it's their right to protest too, but they were called flat earther, trump supporters and commenters said they hope they all get covid, but BLM protesters are justified? spare me your hypocrisy. Where were all the TIK TOK nurses telling BLM protesters that their grandparents will die if you protest? Where were they standing , arms folded in defiance of the BLM protests? Double standard much?

amerigirl

It's more like revolving hypocrisy. First you then you complain when it is against you. You are so full of conspiracy theories and don't have much facts or truth to your posts. Maybe you should fact check.

RoundHillGuy

Clower, Piven strategy- Accuse your opponent of wild conspiratorial thinking to discredit them. Nice try. try harder.

amerigirl

This is about Loudoun county protest. I don’t really think of you as an opponent but when you are talking about someone having the right to speak in Loudoun. I don’t think anyone here was called a flat earther or hoped anyone ever got covid. Do you really expect this small Loudoun protest to have TIK TOK up in arms? Or nurses? What people showed up to reopen their businesses? Did they have their own protest, get a permit? Gee, why would I think you have some wild conspiratorial thinking going on?

amerigirl

Republicans are petitioning to recall and remove lots of people, fairly elected officials, because they are sore losers.Republicans held an actual training on how to recall people, Kate Brown, Oregon, 10 democrats in Colorado , 3 in Nevada, etc. At least out West, Republicans are now using the recall as a tool to seek better results than they’ve achieved during the regular campaign season. That’s the reason Republican Brian Sandoval, the governor of Nevada who was term-limited out of office this January, opposed the recall attempts in his state, telling the Nevada Independent that the effort could set a "dangerous precedent.". They have something against the majority of people being the electors and do whatever they can to get power, like closing voter locations, gerrymandering, not enough machines in highly democratic areas. If you can't win on merit, than steal the election.

Voltaire

AG--it is not only Republicans who are petitioning to recall and remove people. The Democrats in Wisconsin are quite adept at doing this practice. They tried it with state senators and with the Governor.

Accountability

Just Google Gail Pean, look at her twitter, and you'll see she's involved/promoting numerous petitions against Republicans.

Amerigirl - you see that right?

amerigirl

You're talking about an individual vs a political party. Big difference. Republicans don't like losing and won't accept it so they try to change the peoples vote. They do it as a group. It's happening in multiple states

Accountability

You're right Amerigirl, it's just Gail, nobody else. Sorry for being incorrect.

amerigirl

Volt, you know that they played really dirty in Wisconsin. They even amended the state constitution to make it more difficult to toss an official from office. They also had a recall for 3 dem senators. If my memory serves me, I believe those recall efforts were more on the part of the unions than the dems and that they were the ones petitioning. But look at usnews, “As Republican political power has declined in some Western states, the GOP sees recall elections as a way to regain seats and influence.” “Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results. One GOP strategist in Colorado has put a name to it — "recall season." In 2018 1 in California, and 2 Democratic lawmakers in Nevada, in Oregon, Republicans are pursuing a recall of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, Colorado recall campaigns are targeting Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, 2 Democratic state House members and 2 Democrats in the state Senate. Recall committees have been formed for other lawmakers, and the GOP's top-ranking officials have encouraged the efforts. Rep. Ken Buck, newly elected as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, told supporters earlier this year, "We need to teach them how to spell R-E-C-A-L-L."

Voltaire

AG--You have a good memory. As my family in WI tell me, the people up there try to recall the Governor, no matter what party, every year. Same with the legislature. Now, they are trying that with Governor Tony Evers (D). True, that with Governor Walker, the public employee unions wanted him gone because he was fascinated with shafting state workers their benefits (including pension and health insurance coverage). The Democrats though chimed in those efforts. As for the politics of recall, it is classic Politics 101--find a lawful process and manipulate it to suit your needs to the max. Disgusting and sad but true.

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