Core Values of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee

Democrats believe that the lives and concerns we share with our fellow Americans must be the cornerstone of democratically-elected governmental institutions at the local, state and national levels. These institutions, at their best, can be instrumental in sustaining and promoting opportunity, equality, freedom, and justice for all. Accordingly, Democrats share and actively protect these core values:

Democracy:
We believe that the people participating with equal voices in public decision-making are the fundamental source of legitimate government authority in a democracy.

Freedom:
We believe the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means freedom from arbitrary government or economic power, and from unjust barriers to each person’s ability to live a productive, fulfilling life.

Equality:
We believe that every human being deserves to be treated equally, with dignity and respect regardless of national origin, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, skin color, ethnicity, immigration or economic status.

Public Good:
We believe it is the responsibility of government at all levels to efficiently protect and promote the public good as determined by the people working through our democratic political institutions, and ensure that the economy creates enough jobs that provide a living wage for all.

Justice:
We believe government at all levels has an obligation to design and administer laws that apply equally to all, with concern for those at the margins of society.

Citizenship:
We believe an active, informed citizenry, supported by strong public schools, and informed by a free and responsible press, is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Government officials have an obligation to promote civic education and expand participation in public decision-making.

Natural Environment:
We believe the land, air, water, and other resources of the natural environment are the very conditions for the lives we share in common. We are the stewards of those resources for future generations.

Democratic Party of Virginia Unanimously Passes Resolutions in Support of 100% Clean Energy, Green New Deal, $15/Hour Minimum Wage

BlueVirginia, September 21st, 2019 – Great stuff; just three days after Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chair Susan Swecker announced that the party would no longer be taking campaign contributions from Dominion Energy or Appalachian Power, DPVA today unanimously passed resolutions endorsing the “Green New Deal Virginia” and a “net-zero carbon emissions” clean energy economy for Virginia by 2050. In addition, the DPVA unanimously passed a resolution in support of a $15/hour minimum wage for Virginians. Read the Article >>

Stray Bullet Incident

Contact: Lissa Savaglio
Chair Loudoun County Democratic Committee
Chair@Loudoundemocrats.org
571-278-7159

Stray Bullet Incident

Hamilton, VA, September 10, 2019 – Due to insufficient county ordinances, unfortunately, Loudoun County is yet again dealing with another stray bullet incident as a result of reckless shooting of guns in our neighborhoods. We, at the Loudoun County Democratic Committee, are thankful that the woman who was struck by a bullet yesterday only sustained minor injuries and wish her a speedy recovery. It is a miracle that the numerous stray bullet incidents that have occurred in Loudoun County have only resulted in minor injuries and property damage. The county can no longer wait to address the negligent shortcomings in our county shooting ordinances. If we fail to make the needed changes, we are inviting a tragedy.

The Republican members of the Board of Supervisors have consistently blocked simple changes to our ordinances that would have made us safer. They have blocked the following changes:
● Increasing the no-shoot zone around homes; and
● Increasing the no-shoot zone around roads; and
● Requiring owners of backyard shooting ranges to install safety berms or other impermeable barriers; and
● Extending the no-shooting area in the county west of the Suburban Policy Area.

The current ordinances pretend that Loudoun is a county that is as rural as it was 30 years ago. That is simply not the case as our population has grown from about 87,000 in 1990 to well over 400,000 today. We have changed as a county, and our ordinances need to change as well. “The time has come for Republican members of the Board of Supervisors to live up to their responsibility to work in a bipartisan manner with Chair Randall and Supervisors Umstattd and Saines to pass real protections for Loudoun residents,” said LCDC Chairwoman Lissa Savaglio.

In the last year, we have had multiple instances of stray shootings of occupied homes, including one that occurred during a baby shower last October. Yet as recently as February 2019, the Republican-led Board of Supervisors denied updating ordinances to match surrounding areas in Virginia because “it would be too expensive for homeowners,” even as law enforcement has been unable to charge anyone because the ordinances are inappropriate.

It is abundantly clear why the GOP refuses to update out-of-date ordinances; they care more about what the NRA wants than what will make Loudoun residents safer. Why do they follow the NRA’s lead? Perhaps it has something to do with the $215,000 the NRA has given to VA GOP leadership in 2019 alone.

Today we call on all elected officials in Loudoun County to work together to update our local ordinances and better protect our children, families, and community.