Michael R. “Mike” Turner

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent

Background

Michael R. “Mike” Turner graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in science and from Chapman University with a master’s degree in business administration. He is a former command pilot and a Desert Storm veteran, and he has received the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Air Medal. Turner has previously worked as a nonprofit development officer and a military commentator and has run for the US House of Representatives in the VA-10 district. He was first elected onto the Board of Supervisors to represent the Ashburn District in 2019 and is the chair of the Board of Supervisors Transportation and Land Use Committee; additionally, he represents Loudoun on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and is on the Fiscal Impact Committee [1, 3, 5, 6].

Key Issues

Budget

Turner wants to pass the lowest possible personal tax rates needed to maintain important county services and fund Loudoun County Public Schools [8]. He wants to use tax revenue, corporate tax and revenue incentives, a better proffer system, and a completely revised Comprehensive Plan (one that includes a plan for making affordable housing available for the entire income spectrum and a plan to use transportation fitted for the growth of local communities) to support small and large businesses to help grow Loudoun County, as well as bettering the lives of citizens. Turner wants the budgeting process to be a continuous and collaborative year-long process between the Loudoun County Public Schools School Board and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He also wants to bring in the Loudoun business community when revising the Comprehensive Plan [6].

Education

Turner believes that Loudoun County Public Schools should be more funded [6].

Elections

Turner wants to maintain a high level of election integrity by upgrading the safety of the Loudoun Election Department staff, the Loudoun Board of Elections, and all citizens who volunteer during the election process. He wants to bring back Sunday voting [8].

Energy

Turner says that the 2009 Loudoun County Energy Strategy (CES) is a solid foundation for the county’s energy needs and wants to look into tax incentives and the use of federal grant funding to fully implement CES. He believes that rural Loudoun has numerous biofuel opportunities [6].

Environment

Turner wants to see more environmentally responsible land use and zoning decisions that support the local economy and sustainable economic development, protect rural areas, and offer a range of multimodal transportation options [8]. Furthermore, he supports the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and the Total Maximum Daily Load process and says that the way to achieve the goals of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act must have the least possible impact on current and future Loudoun County businesses [6].

Government

Turner wants to make sure all Loudoun County staff are paid competitive wages and have a voice regarding their compensation and work conditions [8].

Health Care

Turner wants to expand Medicaid [6].

Housing

Turner wants to expand the housing market for essential service workers and wants to make a better ADU plan; he also wants to increase and preserve Loudoun’s attainable housing stock [6, 8].

Infrastructure

Turner does not want to over-develop Old Ashburn, as well as preserving Loudoun’s green infrastructure and rural west [5].

Law Enforcement

Turner says the plan to put law enforcement under a new police department led by a police chief is more transparent and accountable [7].

Transportation

Turner advocates for multi-modal transportation, which includes upgrading and expanding bike and pedestrian trails, alternative roadways, long and short haul transit options, efficient and inexpensive safe bus systems, and light rail routes and supports the Silver Line development plan as a way to add more public transportation. He says that transportation decisions should be focused on clearing up big highways during rush hour [5, 6]. Finally, Turner wants to raise the wages of Loudoun County Transit workers [9].

Endorsements

John Bell, Virginia State Senator; Nova Area Labor Federation; Northern VA Building Industry Association; United Brotherhood of Carpenters; Baltimore Washington Construction & Public Employees Laborers PAC; Service Employees International Union; Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689; Phyllis J. Randall, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Jennifer Boysko, Virginia State Senator; Loudoun County Firefighters; Dulles Area Association of REALTORS; Baltimore-DC Building Trades Council; David Reid, Virginia State Delegate; Sheet Metal Workers Union No. 100; Southern States Police Benevolent Association; Loudoun Education Association; Loudoun County Democratic Committee; Washington DC Plumbers Local 5; Virginia for Everyone PAC; Run Everywhere Virginia PAC

Sources

1 Loudoun County
2 LinkedIn
3 WJLA
4 VPAP
5 Loudoun Now
6 Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
7 NPR
8 Blue Virginia
9 Facebook