Loudoun Looks at Settling Lawsuits
Steve Calos, the former executive director of Common Cause in Virginia, said the circumstances surrounding the Dawson case present the appearance of a conflict of interest.
"People would look askance at the relationship in general and feel there may be a quid pro quo or something of the sort," Calos said.
Snow said he sees no conflict. "I haven't talked to her or any of the Dawsons about anything that's a legal issue," Snow said.
Dawson said she worked for Snow because she is a staunch Republican, not because she hoped to benefit.
"I didn't even know all of this was coming, so I had nothing to do with it," said Dawson, who said she has spoken to Snow since the election, but not about her case. "I was out of the loop."
Loudoun's fierce land debate has touched on everything from school boundaries, traffic snarls and rising real estate assessments to affordable housing, property rights and the Washington region's continued expansion.
The county's population has soared from 86,000 in 1990 to about 235,000 today.
A lawyer representing the litigation steering committee handling the legal challenges to the county rules declined to discuss possible settlements.
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Supervisor Stephen J. Snow says of those who passed the restrictions: "I don't believe they did a service to the citizens of Loudoun County."
(Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post)
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