Whitbeck on Pay Raises: Teachers before Politicians

Leesburg, VA-Today, in an appearance on the John Fredericks Show, John Whitbeck, candidate for Chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, discussed his opposition to the 62% pay raise for supervisors set to take effect next year. Chair Phyllis Randall, Whitbeck’s opponent, led the effort to increase salaries.

“I want to be very clear: I oppose pay raises for our Board of Supervisors. In 2020, Chair Phyllis Randall would see a 62% pay raise, while our teachers will see only a 2.2% increase. I think every voter should be concerned about this.”

Whitbeck, who has three daughters in Loudoun public schools, has been a strong supporter of public education and was the first to propose the expansion of the School Resource Officer program.

“As the son of an educator, I strongly believe that our teachers should come before politicians.”

The 62% pay raise will mean the Chair of the Board in Loudoun will make over $30,000 more annually than Prince William’s Chair despite that county’s larger population. Most supervisors hold another full-time position outside their role on the board.

“I think we need to get back to the true meaning of public service. For me, serving as Loudoun’s Chair is about improving the quality of life for our families – not about partisanship and pay raises.”

 

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