Loudoun police association announces endorsements—but staying out of sheriff’s race

The Loudoun County Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association on Thursday released its endorsements for local offices with one key race missing: sheriff.The association endorsed candidates that represented in their answers why their experience and values make them qualified to represent the commonwealth’s voters.The endorsed candidates, it said, demonstrated “that they are committed to making strong, effective law enforcement and the safety of the community a priority in their campaign.”

Republican incumbent Mike Chapman, Democrat Brian Allman and Steven Simpson, an independent and former Loudoun sheriff, are vying for the sheriff’s seat.

Sean Dikeman, the association’s Loudoun County Chapter president, said in a press release today that the association’s screening committee decided not to endorse a candidate in the race “because both candidates scored very close on the screening grade sheets and neither stood out as the clear choice for endorsement.”

Allman, in an email today, said Dikeman requested an interview with the candidate to which he declined.

“I not only refused, but I was not interested in their endorsement for I am beholden to no one. I refuse to accept political donations too,” Allman said. (See Democratic candidate tees off on Loudoun police association)

The following candidates were recipients of endorsement:

Board of Supervisors – Chairperson: Phyllis J. Randall (D)

Board of Supervisors – Algonkian
Suzanne Volpe (R)

Board of Supervisors – Ashburn
Mike Turner (D)

Board of Supervisors – Blue Ridge
Tony Buffington (R)

Board of Supervisors – Broad Run
Ronald “Ron” Meyer Jr. (R)

Board of Supervisors – Catoctin
Geary Higgins (R)

Board of Supervisors – Dulles
Matthew Letourneau (R)

Board of Supervisors – Leesburg
William “Will” Estrada (R)

Board of Supervisors – Sterling
Koran Saines (D)

Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney
James “Jim” Plowman (R)

“These candidates’ knowledge and experience on issues that are important to law enforcement professionals make them deserving recipients of our endorsement. The Loudoun County Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association is proud to put our support behind these candidates and asks that the citizens of Virginia do the same. A vote for these candidates is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens they serve,” said Loudoun County Chapter President Sean Dikeman said in a statement.

 

Friday, Sep. 25, 2015 by Crystal Owens

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