The question of Ron Speakman’s residency has been around since he announced that he was running for Sheriff of Loudoun county.
I’ve done a bit of searching for the elusive answer to that question after I receiving this invitation to Ron’s latest event. On he invitation he invites us to his home,
in Leesburg, 14664 James Monroe Hwy Leesburg, VA 20176. Looking at that address I found the house had recently been on the market, here. Plugging that address in the Loudoun tax records, I found that Ron and his wife bought the home on March 28, 2011. Strangely, their address on the Loudoun property is not this house but 10341 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, VA. That address is a commercial property that Ron’s wife is selling. They are using that address as their mailing address. Why not use the house, if they are living in it?
Having heard rumors that Ron has lived in Potomac, Maryland for years, I checked and found a house that Ron and his wife bought there in 1997. The address is 7400 Masters Drive
and according to the property records it is their primary residence. Ron listed that as his address when making campaign contributions in 1999 and 2000. That doesn’t quite match up to Ron’s claims that he has lived in Loudoun County for 26 years.
The law says that candidates for sheriff must live in the county for one year prior to the election. How does Ron get around that pesky detail if he’s lived in Maryland for the last 14 years, and only bought the house in Leesburg on March 28th?
I found two other addresses in Loudoun for Ron. One is
25 First Street, Leesburg. It’s an office building that the Speakmans purchased in 2005. It is not a residence so clearly he doesn’t live there. The second address is a residence, 214 Mason Lane SE, Leesburg, VA. The owner of that house, Scott Warner, a friend of Ron’s, added Ron as an owner October 5, 2010, using a quit claim with no money exchanged. That might be the address that Ron used when he filed to run for sheriff, thinking that he could claim that he lived there and cover that pesky law that requires him to live in Loudoun.
My question, do we want a Sheriff, the chief law enforcement officer of the county, finding ways to skirt the law? When is ‘technically legal” illegal? Do we want someone who lies when he claims that he’s lived in this county for the last 26 years? If Ron and his wife are moving into the newly purchased home on James Monroe highway (Rt 15 in Lucketts/Leesburg), where are they moving FROM? The little house with his buddy in Leesburg? The house in Potomac? The latter seems unlikely since that house has not been sold nor is it listed for sale.
My take on all of this? Ron lived in Loudoun, in the 1990’s, and perhaps even before the 1990’s. He moved to Potomac Maryland in 1997. Last year he decided to run for sheriff and used his friend’s house as an address to file. He still lives in Potomac with his family. If he should win the race for sheriff, he will move into the newly purchased house on Rt 15 in Lucketts, or perhaps elsewhere in Loudoun. I get that. I get that he didn’t want to distrup his family when the job was far from guaranteed. But the law is the law. The job of the top law enforcement officer has certain requirements. One of those requirements is that he must live in Loudoun county for at least a year prior to the election. Only a year! Not exactly a long time. I wish he’d told the truth from the beginning. I don’t like it when republicans lie to me. It doesn’t sit well with me. Do not tell me that you’ve lived here for 26 years when you’ve lived in another state since 1997. Just tell the truth. Voters might understand that you don’t want to uproot your family before you get the job. Or they might think that you are not qualified for the job because you don’t meet the residency requirement and it is the law.
Is it ok for a candidate for sheriff to lie to voters, and not follow the law? Is it important that a candidate for sheriff live in the state in the 14 years prior to running? How much has Loudoun changed during the past 14 years while Mr. Speakmen has lived in another state? I report, you decide.