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Clarke Stepping Aside for New Loudoun VC

The Blue Ridge supervisor said she’d prefer to see the position rotate among her colleagues.

Supervisor Janet Clarke, the current vice chairman of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, announced during Wednesday’s board meeting that she would not seek a second term as vice chair.

Recent boards have elected the same vice chairman for all four years. But Clarke (R-Blue Ridge), who has served on the Purcellville Town Council, said Tuesday that she prefers the practice adopted by many town councils where such positions are rotated.

“I’d recommend that you, my colleagues, decide on the person you’d like to fill this position for next year,” she said. “I choose not to serve as the vice chair of this board of supervisors after Dec. 31, 2012.”

The vice chairman is elected by the supervisors, and he or she leads the board and performs other duties in the chairman’s absence. Susan Klimek Buckley – a Democrat who represented Sugarland Run, which became part of the Algokian District after redistricting – served all four years as vice chairman of the immediate past board. Bruce Tulloch (R), who represented the no longer existing Potomac District, also served all four years.

Throughout all those terms, Supervisor Scott K. York (R-At Large) has been chairman, although he served as an Independent on the past two boards. But during the four years Tulloch served, it became known as the Tulloch board.

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