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Fairfax supervisors divided on body cameras, approve policing changes

By ANTONIO OLIVO AND JUSTIN JOUVENAL, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Fairfax County supervisors voted Tuesday to approve changes in how police are trained and how they respond to volatile situations, with lawmakers deeply divided over how soon officers in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction should be required to wear body cameras. In two separate votes, the board agreed to recommendations from a police advisory commission formed last year after the fatal police shooting of unarmed Springfield resident John Geer.

VaNews June 22, 2016

Fairfax Republican to hold ‘firehouse’ elections for seven supervisor seats

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Fairfax County Republicans will nominate candidates for seven of the county’s 10 supervisor seats through a series of “firehouse canvass” elections, rather than a state-funded primary, a party official said Tuesday. The Republican nominees for the other three seats, including chairman of the board of supervisors, will be chosen in the June 9 primary.

VaNews February 25, 2015