Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dale Polen Myers is heading into the general election hobbled by a debt of about $22,000, according to campaign financial reports filed Thursday. Her main opponent, Sterling Supervisor Scott K. York, has about $1,300 in his war chest.
York defeated Myers in the Republican primary in May by nearly 3 to 1. Myers then announced that she would run in the November general election against York as an independent, alleging that the primary was swayed by a large number of Democrats who turned out to support York.
The campaign reports provide the first clear picture of how much money was poured into the primary election for board chairman: nearly $200,000, which local political observers said may be a Loudoun record for the primary race for board chairman.
York reported spending a total of about $85,000. Myers spent about $109,000, including her remaining debts.
Myers said last week that her campaign would not be hindered by the debt, which she said would be paid off easily. She said she planned to start campaigning for the general election about Labor Day.
"I'm going to have fund-raisers and pay it off," Myers said. "I have talked to a lot of people, and I have a lot of broad-based support."
York said he is happy with his fund-raising position going into the general election
"To say the least, we feel fairly comfortable where we are right now," York said. He said of Myers: "Her message didn't sell during the primary. I think it's going to be very, very tough for her."
York ran on a slow-growth platform, saying Loudoun, the third fastest-growing county in the country, needs to take several steps to slow development. He said it was unfair to make current residents cover the costs of new schools and other services for the swelling population.
Myers said that the county was managing growth fairly well and that she would try to recruit more technology companies to Loudoun as a way to cover costs associated with new residents.
The financial reports filed last week list donations and expenditures from May 27 to June 30, as well as cumulative totals. During that period, York reporting raising about $6,500 and Myers about $3,300.
James G. "Jim" Kelly, who also is running as an independent for board chairman, reported raising no money during that period.
Myers attacked York last week for one of his donations--$500 from John Rocca, who owns Brother Signal Co., of Leesburg, which installs traffic signals and signs. York pledged not to take money from development interests, and Myers said that donation violated his pledge.
"Most people would classify him as a developer," Myers said. "Here's someone who goes out and puts the stop lights up for developers in these communities. If we weren't having the development, they wouldn't be putting the stoplights up in the communities."
She said the donation was an example of York "saying one thing and doing another."
York said he did not break his pledge.
"If Mrs. Myers would listen, which is her big problem, what I said is that I was not accepting money from developers and those that are representing developers before the board, and the Realtors," York said. "So I have no problem."
Rocca said he does not consider himself a developer and that he supports slowing Loudoun's growth.