An unsuccessful candidate for the Board of Supervisors has asked a judge to order a recount of the Nov. 2 balloting in which he was defeated by nine votes.
Bruce E. Tulloch, the Republican nominee for the Broad Run seat, filed a petition Monday in Loudoun County Circuit Court asking for the recount. Tulloch came in second in a three-way race.
Election officials said Tulloch received 1,978 votes compared with 1,987 for Democrat--and now supervisor-elect--Charles A. Harris. Independent Timothy F. Powers came in third with 868 votes.
Tulloch issued a statement yesterday saying that his supporters are owed a recount. A hearing has not been scheduled in the case.
Activists Win Award for Library Suit
Two leaders of Mainstream Loudoun have won $5,000 each from the Playboy Foundation for their efforts in orchestrating the 1997 lawsuit against the Loudoun County Library Board of Trustees that declared the library's controversial Internet-access policy unconstitutional.
Elaine Williamson and Jeri McGiverin, founders of the civic group, received the annual "Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards" from the foundation last weekend in New York. The honor is given to local and nonprofit organizations that protect the rights of free speech, organizers said. The group's attorney nominated the women for the award.
"It's a very prestigious award, and we were so excited and very surprised when we heard we won," Williamson said. "It feels really good to be recognized for all our efforts."
The Library Board agreed in September to use funds budgeted for legal costs to pay more than $100,000 in lawyers' fees--five months after a federal judge decided in favor of Mainstream Loudoun and the American Civil Liberties Union, which joined the suit later. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie M. Brinkema ruled that the policy interfered with patrons' free-speech rights and turned librarians into arbiters of community standards.
The Internet policy required the use of software to block pornographic World Wide Web sites on library computers and allowed patrons to ask a librarian to turn off the filter if they believed that a legitimate site had been blocked.
Library trustees decided in April not to appeal the case. The new policy allows patrons to use filtered or unfiltered computer terminals at libraries and requires children to have a parent's written permission to use an unfiltered terminal. Patrons are required to sign an agreement that they will not use the computers to look at pornography.
Other recipients of this year's First Amendment awards include Nicholas Becker, now a University of Maryland student, who challenged the constitutionality of a student-led prayer at his high school graduation, and Donald Parker, founder of the Long Island Coalition Against Censorship and the Nassau chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
More Money From Millionaire
Leesburg's most mysterious benefactor struck again this week, giving the town $300,000 to use for police, fire and rescue services and to feed the hungry and the poor, Mayor James E. Clem said.
California millionaire Irwin Uran, who once lived in Leesburg at the Best Western Hotel, has given the town about $2 million over the last two years and prefers to keep a low profile. He called Clem a few weeks ago to tell him that he would be giving the town money near the holiday season.
As with past donations, Uran sent handwritten checks, Clem said. He designated $100,000 for the police, $50,000 for firefighting services, $50,000 for rescue services and $100,000 for programs to help those in need. Clem said the Town Council will decide in the coming weeks which groups will share the money for the poor.
Residents Oppose Planned Gas Station
Residents of the Cascades, Countryside and Lowes Island communities have organized a group called the Community Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) to fight a proposed commercial development by Colorado-based DeRose Cos. and Texaco Inc. at Algonkian and Cascades parkways. The proposed commercial site would house a Texaco gas station, an auto-service center, a tire store, car wash and convenience store.
CARD spokeswoman Megan Descutner said 2,600 residents have signed a petition opposing Texaco at that location. A second petition is being circulated requesting that the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control deny any applications for the sale of alcohol at that location. That petition has about 600 signatures so far.