Loudoun Independent Party?
There is quite a bit of consternation in political circles of all stripes in Loudoun County about a unified independent slate of supervisor candidates in 2007.Â Both traditional political parties are worried that this would create an unknown dynamic, and special interest groups are worried that such a development could make reaching their electoral goals more difficult and uncertain.
Conventional wisdom holds thatÂ independent bids are a huge uphill battle, but Loudoun County has two established Independent supervisors in Jim BurtonÂ of the Blue Ridge District and Chairman Scott York.Â Both started out in the Republican Party but left over growth issues.Â The Republican Party is in trouble electorally over growth issues, but the Democrats seem to want to continue to commit electoral suicide by nominating left of center candidates with an over emphasis on non-local issues.Â LCDC Chairman Thom Beres seems overly giddy in recent quotes, while Suzanne Volpe (where’s LCRC Chairman Paul Protic?) seems totally out of touch with reality in her public professions of a Republican sweep.
Several well qualified moderate candidates are currently struggling with where to run.Â While the LCRC operates as a closed private club, the LCDC is more welcoming.Â However, Loudoun County is generally conservative and the Dems are struggling to contain their own fringe elements.
Does Scott York have big enough coattails to lead an Independent slate?Â Will the LCRC and LCDC move to capture the center and these candidates, or will they continue to play hard to their bases leaving the majority middle unclaimed?