A Sterling man last week issued a press release announcing plans to run against Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) in 2015, getting a jump on a the far-off race. Tony Barney sent the following message to local media outlets:
As you know, in the past 13 years, since the first election of Sterling Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, the Sterling District has been put in the spotlight in a very public, disrespectful and negative way. During this time, Delgaudio has used Sterling as a pawn for his own personal and political agendas. As the Executive Director of a hate group, his real day job, Delgaudio has repeatedly and publicly misrepresented Sterling as a "cesspool," overrun with illegal immigrant criminals and predatory homosexuals. The consequence of Delgaudio's actions has been to turn Sterling into the poor "orphan" of Loudoun County – a district that is disrespected by the rest of the county; a district that everyone feels sorry for; a district that is the laughing stock of the rest of the county, and even the rest of the country.
But Sterling is not a joke. Those of us who live in the Sterling District understand what a great community Sterling is, and what great promise and potential Sterling has for being even greater. However, I know that the Sterling District will not reach its full potential with Eugene Delgaudio, a supervisor who publicly has disrespected and trashed the very district he was elected to represent.
For some time, as a longtime resident of the Sterling District who has been actively involved in helping to make Sterling the great community that it is, I have thought about what I would do to further the interests of Sterling and its good people if I had the honor of representing the Sterling District. I have become more and more serious about this during the past year, but didn't want to divert the attention of Sterling or Loudoun County away from the recent election.
Now that the election is over, and in light of the many public and legal questions about the ethics of Supervisor Delgaudio, I have decided to put my thoughts and ideas into action, and run against Eugene Delgaudio to be the next Supervisor of the Sterling District. I will work to give the Sterling District, its people, businesses, schools and community services the respect, honor, and help they need. This will be my only priority and only agenda.