Ex-candidate targets local Democrats, Rep. Wolf

Posted: January 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

Shaun Broy

WINCHESTER — A local Democrat with lofty political aspirations has started the year with a bang.

Shaun Broy of Stephens City, who in 2011 ran unsuccessfully against incumbent state Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, has been a political whirlwind in the past week.

On Jan. 5, he announced through a press release that he would again challenge Vogel in 2015.

By Thursday, however, he sent out another release stating that he had changed his mind. Broy, 34, now plans to take on U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th, in 2014.

Between the Jan. 5 announcement and Thursday’s revelation, Broy initiated an assault on the Frederick County Democratic Committee.

Broy — who is self-employed as a logo designer and website developer — emailed a document to The Winchester Star that he sent to the Democratic Committee of Virginia asking it to reorganize the FCDC. The document as shown in the email sent by Broy includes 12 other people whose names are redacted.

Broy’s message to state Democrats lists eight complaints, including that the FCDC hasn’t adequately engaged members of the community, hasn’t been registering new voters and has seen a drop in the number of community members serving on the committee.

Broy — who said he was elected as committee vice-chairman in January of 2012 but resigned in March because he took a trip to Hawaii — argues that the FCDC needs to do better.

Branson Miller, who became committee chairman in the spring, declined to comment until a decision is reached by the Democratic Committee of Virginia.

Charlie Jackson, chair of the 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Broy unsuccessfully challenged the Winchester and Clarke County Democratic committees in 2011, claiming that the Democratic Party Plan prohibits members from publicly supporting a candidate opposed by a Democratic nominee.

Sheriffs from the jurisdictions had supported Vogel in the 2011 race.

Despite his ill-fated 2011 campaign — he received 23.19 percent of the vote — Broy thinks he has a good shot at securing the Democratic nomination to run against Wolf.

He envisions a scenario where two or three Democrats from the eastern part of the 10th Congressional District — which stretches from Frederick County to McLean — split votes in the Northern Virginia area while he carries a sizeable majority of votes in the Shenandoah Valley.

And with a general election strategy to emphasize his youth and a platform that includes women’s rights, legalizing medical marijuana, jobs and the environment, Broy thinks he can take down the 17-term Wolf.

Broy admits he will likely face questions about his past in his race to unseat Wolf.

During his 2011 state Senate bid, he was fined after missing campaign filing deadlines.

Broy said that two of the deadlines came in quick succession at the end of the campaign, and he was unprepared after his campaign treasurer had resigned.

— Contact Conor Gallagherat cgallagher@winchesterstar.com