Kurtz To Vacate Seat at End of Term

Kurtz To Vacate Seat at End of Term

The Catoctin District's seat on the Board of Supervisors will be up for grabs in the November 2007 election, since two-term supervisor, Sally Kurtz, will not be running.

Kurtz indirectly announced her plans not to run again during the Sept. 19 Board of Supervisors meeting while talking about the ripple effects each board has.

"I will be the past soon," she said, before adding that she would not be seeking re-election.

Kurtz, is the only Democrat serving on the Republican-dominated Board of Supervisors. Two supervisors, Jim Burton (Blue Ridge) and Chairman Scott York (At large), serve as Independents. In recent months, as the board has made decisions on the zoning of Loudoun's rural west and proposed development in the Dulles South area, Kurtz has stood strongly in support of the county's rural economy and downzoning, often joined only by Burton and York, but she said the recent direction of the board is not the reason for her decision.

"I have known since the beginning that this would be my last term," she said. "This is not a reaction to anything that has been going on."

Kurtz was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003. She serves on the board's human services, public safety and transportation/land use committees. Kurtz was the owner of the Water Ways Nursery, a native perennial and water plant nursery located near Lovettsville, but said the demands of being a county supervisor took her away from her position there.

"It really is a lot to take on," she said.