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.