Democrats should pay careful attention to Kelly on the incoming Board of Supervisors. This woman has been right so often she looks more like a prophet than a politician. After her years of hard work for the students of Loudoun as a teacher, as a Councilwoman in the town of Leesburg and in the Democratic Party- taking on tough races where she put the doing the right thing over her own electoral success- Kelly has earned the respect of many political observers, and when tough decisions will be made over the next four years, the first question many Democrats should ask is "What does Kelly think we should do?". Finally then we might start to see the Loudoun County government show the potential everyone knows it has for the benefit of its own citizens. - Not Larry SabatoThe entire post is well worth a read as a background to the history of Democrats vs. Republicans here in Loudoun over the past decade.
The Loudoun County Democrats were in shambles and the county had grown so much that this district was twice the size of a normal House of Delegates district before redistricting. Who would step forward to carry the Democrats banner in this very important election, but with every demographic cutting against them?Kelly herself would probably shy away from the level of plaudits NLS awards her, but the basic message of tenacity and acheivement over long odds is accurate and well deserved. Leesburg is vey lucky to have her representing us on the Board of Supervisors in the coming term. And her story of persistence should give hope to areas struggling with similar overbearing Republican machines today.
A local teacher decided to step forward and become the Democratic candidate. Kelly Burk did not have a lot of political background besides her time as head of the Loudoun Education Association (LEA). She didn't have a lot of financial backing, and she didn't have a real political organization. But she knew the danger of this new Delegate and the type of politics he wanted to bring to Loudoun. - NLS