Wednesday, September 13, 2023 zxz
For Immediate Release:
Loudoun County, VA- September 12, 2023 − The Katz for Chair campaign expresses its disappointment in learning that Chair Phyllis Randall, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, has chosen to withdraw from the Coalition of Loudoun Town (COLT) Debate, scheduled for October 5th at 7pm in the lower-level community room at the Ida Lee Recreational Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
The decision to withdraw from this debate was communicated to our campaign by multiple debate organizers, as well as through an announcement made by Ms. Randall.
In her announcement, Chair Randall cited her dissatisfaction with a recent editorial titled “The Travel Tango,” published by LoudounNow on September 7th, which she felt did not represent her positively. Given that representatives from both LoudounNow and Loudoun Times-Mirror are slated to moderate the debate, Chair Randall expressed concerns that she might not receive equitable treatment, leading to her decision to withdraw.
Gary Katz, the Republican candidate in the Chair race, emphatically reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to fostering a robust electoral process. He remarked, “We remain grateful that the COLT debate, featuring the two remaining Chair candidates, myself and Independent Sam Kroiz, will proceed as planned. It would be fundamentally unfair for any candidate, including Phyllis Randall, to unilaterally determine the fate of this debate, a critical platform for voter engagement, and to rob citizens of the opportunity to make an informed decision in the voting booth.”
Katz further added, “Chair Randall has an opportunity to address valid concerns regarding the issues of fraud, waste, and abuse within her administration and respond to the questions that the community deserves answers to. By participating, she can demonstrate her dedication to accountability and transparency in serving our citizens.”
The Katz for Chair campaign reiterates its steadfast commitment to facilitating open and informed discourse in the run-up to the impending election. “We wholeheartedly encourage all constituents to remain engaged and well-informed about the pivotal matters facing Loudoun County. Our gratitude extends to COLT, the Loudoun Times-Mirror, and LoudounNow for their commitment to upholding this vital debate and ensuring that our citizens have access to essential information,” said Katz.