Steve Simpson’s LCRC Experience Once Again Ends In Heartache

Steve Simpson
Former Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson reportedly re-joined the LCRC a few months ago.

Although he recently rejoined the Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC), former Sheriff Steve Simpson says he is considering running for his old office – and because the LCRC nominee is current Sheriff Mike Chapman, Simpson will need to run either as a Democrat or Independent.

Until 2007, Simpson was the Republican sheriff of Loudoun County. He lost the GOP nomination that year, and successfully ran for office again as an Independent.

Simpson attended the April Republican candidates’ debate as a supporter of Eric Noble, and also participated in last week’s LCRC convention. In order to vote at the convention, Simpson had to sign a pledge to support the Republican ticket in the fall.

The LCRC pledge, however, is regarded as dubious by many observers, and Simpson’s recent statement certainly confirms it.

As reported today at The Bull Elephant, Simpson says he is being encouraged by members of both parties. Simpson says “many” LCRC convention participants were unhappy that Eric Noble lost the contest to Mike Chapman, and “have contacted me asking me to run.”

Someone uninformed about the inherent holiness of the Republican Party might think this is about nothing more than a raw quest for power. But the LCRC has had a love-hate relationship with the Independent side of the fence and there would be ample precedent for LCRC members to encourage such a candidate.

In 2007, a large segment of the committee turned their back on the Republican nominee for sheriff, Greg Ahlemann, in order to support Simpson’s Independent campaign. Simpson had been defeated by Ahlemann for the GOP nomination at the June, 2007 LCRC convention, and the next morning reneged on the Republican “pledge” and announced he would run as an Independent.

Because of Simpson’s history as an Independent, it seems likely that is the route he would take.

Author: FirewallNOVA Right

While my goal is simply to report the truth, the truth tends to have a rightward slant.

11 thoughts on “Steve Simpson’s LCRC Experience Once Again Ends In Heartache”

  1. Simpson says he is being encouraged by members of both parties.

    Can’t imagine why Democrats would do that. They had no candidate in the last election but Simpson certainly did not have their support then.

  2. Oh Simpson is likely just being cheeky when he says that, Charlie. Definitely I was, by even including the reference.

    Simpson’s campaign would probably be sustained in large measure by LCRC members who once again toss their nominee under the bus.

  3. Really? Seriously? Steve Simpson again?

    While I hate to do it, I am going to vote for Brian Allman and it’s only because he wants the formation of a new police department. Chapman and Simpson and even Noble don’t want that! The recent poll in Leesburg Today showed that the majority of citizens say it’s long overdue. We simply can’t take this every 4 years!

  4. The Sheriff doesn’t determine whether or not we have a police department, the Board of Supervisors does.

    And IF the Board of Supervisors establishes a county police force under our current form of government, then the potential for even more intense politicization is much much worse.

    We use a form of county government adopted for Virginia when it lost the Civil War, created under the Reconstruction Constitution of 1868.

    The “Traditional Form” was fine and dandy well over 100 years ago, in a primarily agrarian society, for genuine part time legislators.

    Loudoun is the ONLY county of its size and level of development still using it–it is a historical vestige we should dispense with before switching our law enforcement, because under this vestige, all power rests with the Board of Supervisors, which means a police department with a chief under their direct control can swing with the pendulum politics, and the chief is accountable NOT to the voters, but to the BoS.

    Only one county in Virginia employs the Traditional Form AND has a PD, and it is much smaller than Loudoun in both area and population.

    Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and so on, who have PDs, also have adopted more modern forms of county government, in which various positions have STATUTORY rights and duties that protect/compel them in the performance of their duties, as opposed to top-down politics.

    The whole “oh we need a PD” thing has gone on as long as I’ve lived here (most often after a recent pendulum swing to the dark side, when someone in the majority on the BoS says “we need a police department under our direct control…”. Nope. Nopenopenope, not for either side), and it puts the cart before the horse.

    We need to update our form of government–then we can talk police.

    Just IMO, but very very firmly IMO! 🙂

  5. I have lived under both venues many times. I prefer a Sheriff’s Department for various personal reasons. Just thinking, if we have these type “issues” with our commonwealth attorney and our current sheriff, can you imagine what would happen with a police chief in the same position? There would be a total political lock in government and, again, the citizens would end up suffering. This current herd of supervisors turn my stomach as it is. Imagine if they were liberal Dems with a PD. At that point you cancel Christmas and move out……very quickly.
    As far as Simpson goes; he deserves the LCRC and they him. It appears that county politics are destined for those that can’t make it in the real world workforce. It just isn’t about serving the public anymore.

  6. ACT, that is the part of the equation the police promoters don’t seem to have thought through – it would be just as politicized yet under the Board rather than the sheriff’s office. How could that be an improvement?

    (I think Barbara’s point about needing to update our form of government points to the same issue, however I know that when there have been “issues” with police chief decisions in areas like VA Beach, which I assume has the newer form of government, people still have complaints with police policy and feel they have nowhere to turn. Here, at least, the sheriff has to take heat every four years.)

    And if I were ever to run for office, “Cancel Christmas and move away” would be on all of my campaign literature, right under a picture of my opponent’s face.

    1. I think a very big part is being overlooked when speaking about politics in law enforcement, and it is beyond the BoS overseeing a Chief, it is about the lack of protections for everyone and how deputies are contract workers who are invited back every 4 years. How about the hyper political influence of doing the job for specific people or groups for votes, or during specific times of a year and better yet late in the 3rd year to get votes. The devil is in the details and people need to look past the fog of self promotion. I suggest those that are interested seek out information and background on all the awards and recognition and see how little is actually being done. Don’t be fooled by what one person promotes, talk to people outside of one camp. Get a different perspective.

      When people speak of not wanting the Chief influenced or directed by BoS members that is a short sighted view. Accountability would work with voters if there were large turnouts, or people actually paid attention to what is being said by candidates for Sheriff. Protections and accountability are needed. Also it may surprise some that if the county did go to a PD that there would be ownership on the part of the Bos and it would have benefits and accountability on the board members too. Too many upsides to a PD than to stay the way it is and the size of the county population as well as the Sheriff’s Office.

  7. Guys, I think the key is the “statutory rights and duties” part that comes attached to various positions in forms beyond the traditional.

    A county administrator or police chief is then a THIS specific position, with THESE specific responsibilities, THESE specific duties, theirs and theirs alone under state code, instead of at-will employee of the BoS.

    Big difference, and if people are going to get crazy for a PD, the form we’re under is the wrong way to go with that.

    Again, just IMO

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