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Loudoun supervisor Lori Waters won't seek re-election

Loudoun supervisor Lori Waters (R-Broad Run) confirmed reports Monday that she will not seek re-election in 2011. Waters plans to formally announce her decision at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, she said.

Waters, who lives in Lansdowne with her husband and two young children, said she arrived at her decision over the summer for family reasons.

"My husband and I took a vacation and we just had a heart-to-heart talk about what would be best for our family over these next four years," Waters said. "We decided that it would be best not to run for re-election. As far as I know, I'm the first female supervisor to have two children while serving ... I have two little ones at home and I only have so many hours in the day."

She will continue to work part-time with Imagine Schools, a national charter school advocacy organization based in Arlington, she said. She added she would not rule out a future run for office, when her children are older.

"I started in politics when I was a teenager," she said. "I've always been interested in politics. I'll just be going back to the activist side of things for a while."

Waters said she was most proud of the transportation initiatives that she helped to shape and pass during her two terms in office.

"My top one is probably the Loudoun County Parkway Interchange -- I took a big role in pushing that project forward to get voter approval, as well to negotiate for the interchange at the Ashburn Village Boulevard," she said. She added that she also was proud of the smaller improvements as well, "like a stop sign in a community where it makes a big difference."

Waters said she believed that the lasting legacy of the current board was its selection of Tim Hemstreet as county administrator.

"I think we made the best choice, and he has been wonderful to work with and I think he's going to bring the kind of changes to the county government that we were looking for," she said.

Waters, who was first elected to the board in 2003 at age 27, is one of two Republicans on the board, along with supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling.) She is one of three county supervisors who plan to leave the board at the end of the current term; the others are Susan Klimek Buckley (D-Sugarland Run) and Sally Kurtz (D-Catoctin). Chairman Scott York (I-At Large) and supervisors Delgaudio and Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge) have announced their intentions to run for re-election in 2011.

By Caitlin Gibson  | October 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Caitlin Gibson, Loudoun County  
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Imagine Schools, who employs Mrs. Waters, operates 72 public charter schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia. None yet in Virginia. I wonder if their decision to hire a county supervisor in Virginia was a strategic move to expand their territory? Under the guise of a "non-profit," this organization seems to be aggressively expanding all around the country. How does this relate to Waters' comment, "I've always been interested in politics. I'll just be going back to the activist side of things for a while"?

I would hope that Supervisor Waters will recuse herself from any future votes involving the funding of public education in Loudoun County. This would avoid the charges of impropriety which Republican Supervisors faced during the unchecked explosion of county building permits that Mrs. Waters and other former Republican supervisors facilitated earlier in her BOS career. Let her resume her "activism" AFTER she retires from the Board of Supervisors.

Posted by: LoudounPatriot | October 22, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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