Another Sheriff’s Race Post

By Lloyd the Idiot

Last night’s Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting featured speeches by the three candidates for the Republican nomination for sheriff.  Though I’m not endorsing anyone at this point, Mike Chapman clearly stood out.  He presented well – polished and professional with a solid message about the need for changing law enforcement practices to address changes in the county.  The other candidates?  Well, not so much.  I was struck especially by the remark by one candidate emphasizing his pro-life beliefs.  That’s fine, but I don’t see what it has to do with the selection of a sheriff.

 Chapman would be a strong challenger to Sheriff Simpson who, having held the position for 15 years and successfully run as an independent last time,  is well entrenched.


Comments

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Looks like Chris Jones is setting himself up to run as a Dem again:

    http://www.leesburg2day.com/articles/2010/11/23/news/9407jones112110.txt

  • Debbie Rose says:

    I would agree that Mike Chapman gave the best presentation. He was the only one to identify the problem of increasing crime in Loudoun and give specific things he would do to improve the department. I don’t want to hear platitudes, I want specifics. I’m not endorsing anyone yet, but I like what I hear from Mr. Chapman so far.

  • G. Stone says:

    Others will be entering this contest. Stay tuned.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    I am in a wait and see mode when it comes to the current crop of R candidates, more hats being thrown in is indeed interesting. Mike Chapman gave a good speech last night and the others were adequate in introducing themselves. More to heard from all.

    FWIW Chris Jones has a compelling resume. I need to read up on his his first attempt at running against Simpson, a lot has happened since 2003.

  • BlackOut says:

    Chris Jones would be outstanding!!

    Lloyd, for that one candidate that mentioned pro-life, a lot of the returning re-tread local Republicans will most definitely respond positively to that comment. And somehow find it relevant to a local Sheriff position.

  • TruthseekerVA says:

    LI, I could be wrong but I am pretty sure Officer Jones is not running but is moving from the area.

  • Carla Wiley says:

    Chris Jones is NOT getting ready to run again…it would be nice…but it’s not happening.

  • LloydTheIdiot says:

    BO, I agree. The social conservatives were the ones that secured Ahleman’s nomination in ’07, so no doubt he’s taking a page from that playbook.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Truthseeker, please see LI’s link above – Jones is running.

    I don’t know anything about Jones but what I have read, have no idea what his issues are or what he campaigned on last time.

  • G. Stone says:

    BO, I agree. The social conservatives are the ones that secured Ahleman’s nomination in ‘07, so no doubt he’s taking a page from that playbook.

    A partial truth. Ahleman got broad support from those interested in the Illegal migration issue. The Sheriff found himself on the wrong side of the issue, he was out flanked making a major political mistake. Had it not been for mistakes made by Greg Ahlemen in the general election, and the fact that he was running in a field of 3 he would have lost.He was saved by a plurality.

  • Lloyd the Idiot says:

    As I recall the convention, though, there was serious support from (and pandering to) the religious right.

  • BlackOut says:

    Stoner, adding to what you said, Ahlemann was extremely unqualified. He was a fabricated candidate at least 15 years ahead of his time.

  • BlackOut says:

    Lloyd, that is how I recalled it. Especially with his father’s influence.

  • G. Stone says:

    “Stoner, adding to what you said, Ahlemann was extremely unqualified. He was a fabricated candidate at least 15 years ahead of his time.”

    He was a candidate who beat an incumbent in a primary. There is no one reason Greg Ahleman won. It was a number of things, politics has many moving parts. First and foremost it was Sheriff Simpson’s failure to win. Had he run an energized campaign, not taken his opposition lightly and embraced the immigration issue he would have won. He was outflanked and got beat by a political rookie who whether qualified or not, won the primary.

  • BlackOut says:

    Stoner, it’s depressing that our County picks the Sheriff based on politics.

    Thankfully, the dynamics, what ever there were, kept that neophyte away from being the top cop. He had no clue as to what it means to be a leader. Nice guy, probably good company but not ready for prime time. Even a three hour blast from a hot hair dryer behind his ears wouldn’t have helped. Daddy elevated him and that’s about as far as he could go. Can you say, next time get some job experience?

  • Darbi says:

    I am shocked that anyone would say a beauracrat from a failed government agency (DEA) and an individual that has no leadership experience would be a viable candidate for lead law enforcement position in Loudoun County. It is highly unlikely he EVER made an arrest working for the DEA, and his name has never even appeared on an indictment. Furthermore, Mr. Chapman was merely a DEA spokesperson not an active field agent. Prior to being their spokesperson, he was the embassy attache in Seoul, Korea. Hardly any true leadership experience in law enforcement.

  • Loudoun Lover says:

    Darbi,

    Disagree! Chapman had a lot of experience in leading. He was 2nd in command in Thailand (one of the U.S. largest embassy) and was in charge of operations across the entire S.E. asian area. In San Francisco he was in charge of the entire region. In his younger years at DEA and in Florida Vice squad he was a patrol man, doing foot rounds and has spent a lot of year “busting down doors” on the badguys.

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