Letourneau to Seek Third Term on Loudoun Board

Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) has announced he will seek a third term on the county Board of Supervisors.

Letourneau is one of the four second-term supervisors on the board, and was talked about as a potential candidate for state senate in November. But Letourneau said he wants to keep doing the work of the county board, pointing particularly to transportation and infrastructure.

“When I first ran in 2011, I set forward the whole platform of things I wanted to accomplish, and some of those things now are done,” Letourneau said. He pointed to the construction and expansion of the Dulles South Recreation Center and road projects like Northstar Boulevard and widening Rt. 606. And he looked ahead to Metro’s arrival in Loudoun, expected in 2020.

“I think that we have some goals, but the devil is in the details,” Letourneau said. That includes how local transit will connect to the Metro stops in Loudoun, and how the county government will guide development around those stations.

When he first joined the board in 2012, Loudoun, like most local Virginia governments, did not build roads, nominally a responsibility of the state. That board decided to make major investments in transportation and economic development, a strategy he said has been consistent through the current board’s term.

“The idea that local government would be building local roads was a radical idea in 2011, and it’s not now,” Letourneau said. “It’s become the norm. …The average person out there doesn’t care who builds it, they just want it done.”

On the Board of Supervisors, he chairs the Finance, Government Operation and Economic Development Committee. He has also been one of the most active supervisors in Loudoun’s presence regionally. This month, Letourneau was the first member of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to be elected chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

He also became first Loudoun supervisor to serve on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors, which oversees Metrorail, as an alternate director. And in 2018, he served as chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments board of directors, the first Loudoun supervisor to do so since 1983.

The press release announcing his run points out he won his last election by the largest margin of any contested race. He said while it will be a tough year if the race becomes about national issues.

“But I think local government is a lot different,” Letourneau said. “This is the level of government that’s closest to people. I think they have a pretty good sense of who’s representing them and the job that they’re doing.”

Letourneau, at times, has angered parts of his own party, including in December voting to study the county’s gun regulations.

“I think the way that I’ve tried to approach the job is not on a partisan basis,” Letourneau said. “I think a lot of my constituents probably don’t even know what party I am. Certainly I have a certain philosophy, as does everybody, but I think that really, fortunately, at this point people know me. I have a record to run on.”

In the press release, Letourneau said “there is so much more work to be done.”

“We have several major transportation projects in Dulles South that I want to ensure break ground, such as Arcola Boulevard and Northstar Boulevard.  When Metro’s Silver Line trains begin running, we must be ready to take full advantage with adequate infrastructure, public transit, and economic development strategies.  The Envision Loudoun process will drive important decisions about zoning and land use that must be implemented in the next Board’s term, and there are many other issues that I will discuss during the course of the campaign.”

Letourneau will launch his 2019 campaign with a kick-off event Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. at the Dulles South Senior Center in South Riding. The event is free and open to the public.

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One thought on “Letourneau to Seek Third Term on Loudoun Board

  • 2019-01-15 at 8:43 am
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    This BOS and Letourneau deserve to be commended for things like economic development and expanding the role of datacenters in the tax base. As I recall, those datacenters bring in over $200M/yr in windfall taxes.

    But rather than provide responsible stewardship of taxpayer resources, Matt has been a tax and spend supervisor. He regularly pads the county budget by $100M/yr and then spends the “surprise surplus” on end-of-year goodies that waste taxpayer money. Simply padding the budget by $100M causes taxpayers to lose $5M+ per year simply because it is sitting in low-interest accounts rather than building investment income in taxpayer 401k’s. And bureaucratic bodies have the gall to give the county awards for such financial mismanagement (county has an additional $180M as a cushion/rainy day fund so it could/should budget its yearly numbers accurately).

    And because Matt has friends who work in LCPS (including best buddy Jeff Morse and his teacher spouse), he supports maasive salary increases (10-15%) for LCPS despite it already being harder to land a teaching gig at LCPS than to be admitted to UVA (6 times as many applicants as job openings).

    Basically, Matt treats your tax $ as a personal slush fund for allies and friends. If only a responsible candidate would primary Matt and conserve taxpayers’ hard-earned property.

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