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INCUMBENTS PREVAIL IN 2015 FAIRFAX COUNTY LOCAL AND STATE ELECTIONS

By ANGELA WOOLSEY, Fairfax Times

In a night when Republicans stayed in control of Virginia’s state government, Fairfax County voters largely elected Democrats, many of them incumbents, on Nov. 3. Sharon Bulova was reelected as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, announcing that Republican challenger Arthur Purves had called her to concede the race about an hour before her 10:00 p.m. announcement.

VaNews November 5, 2015



DEMOCRATS WIN 2 OPEN SEATS ON FAIRFAX BOARD; ALL INCUMBENTS ARE REELECTED

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Voters in Virginia’s largest jurisdiction on Tuesday reelected all eight incumbents on the Board of Supervisors, including Chairman Sharon Bulova, and chose the Democratic candidates for open seats in the Sully and Mount Vernon districts. After bitter campaign disputes over the county budget, taxes, traffic and even a gun store in affluent McLean, the election provided a strong endorsement of the status quo in Fairfax County, a jurisdiction of 1.1 million residents and several large government contractors.

VaNews November 4, 2015



FAIRFAX COUNTY SUPERVISOR RACE HEATS UP OVER ‘TROLL’ REMARK ON TWITTER

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The general election for a new supervisor in Fairfax County’s Braddock District is eight months away, but already it has taken on a toxicity that signifies how close it may be. Shortly after Democrat Janet Oleszek attacked Republican Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) during her formal campaign announcement, the county Republican Party committee called her “a troll” on its Twitter feed.

VaNews March 27, 2015



FAIRFAX REPUBLICAN TO HOLD ‘FIREHOUSE’ ELECTIONS FOR SEVEN SUPERVISOR SEATS

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 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



GOVERNMENTS ACROSS VIRGINIA HOPE TO KILL LOCAL AID TO THE STATE PROGRAM

By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Connection Newspapers

In the darkest days of the global financial crisis, leaders in Richmond were willing to do almost anything to balance the budget. So they came up with a creative financing scheme known as Local Aid to the State program. Essentially, it turns the normal flow of money upside down. Instead of sending localities money for schools or social services, the state reaches into the pockets of local governments and extracts millions of dollars.

VaNews March 1, 2012



VA. OFFICIALS GRAPPLE WITH DECISION TO CLOSE INSTITUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The U.S. Justice Department’s recent legal settlement with Virginia over caring for people with severe disabilities has government leaders grappling with the prospect of shifting hundreds of people from large institutions to community-based settings. The settlement commits to the closure of the state’s five regional institutions for people with disabilities, including the Northern Virginia Training Center on Braddock Road in Fairfax County. That institution is scheduled to close by 2015.

VaNews February 11, 2012



INCUMBENTS FARE WELL IN MANY NORTHERN VA. RACES, BUT LOUDOUN IS AN EXCEPTION

By CAITLIN GIBSON, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Across much of Northern Virginia, Tuesday’s election reaffirmed the public’s support of incumbents in many local races — with the notable exception of Loudoun County, where residents bucked the trend and ousted several long-serving county officials.

VaNews November 10, 2011



FAIRFAX COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANDIDATES IN BRADDOCK DECRY ROBOCALL

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A conservative nonprofit late Monday acknowledged making robocalls in a Fairfax County Board of Supervisors race that urged voters to get out that day and vote for the Republican incumbent. but said the calls were simply a mistake and were not intended to confuse anyone.

VaNews November 8, 2011



INCUMBENT FAIRFAX COUNTY SUPERVISORS KEEPING THEIR GRIP ON SEATS

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Fairfax County voters appeared ready to give their current Board of Supervisors another four years as early returns pointed toward victory for all incumbents. In the tightest and most closely watched battle, Supervisor John C. Cook — a Republican who had won the swing Braddock District in a 2009 special election after more than 20 years of Democratic control — eked out a victory over Democratic challenger Janet S. Oleszek with all precincts counted, according to late unofficial results.

VaNews November 9, 2011



BRADDOCK DISTRICT CANDIDATES DEBATE SCHOOLS, ROADS AND SOLAR PANELS

By FREDRICK KUNKLE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Candidates for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Braddock District seat clashed Thursday night over school funding, highway maintenance, solar power and other issues in the eighth of 10 scheduled debates. Hosted by the Ravensworth Farm Civic Association, the forum covered familiar ground in the closely watched race but included a few lively exchanges among Supervisor John C. Cook (R), challenger Janet S. Oleszek (D) and independent candidate Carey C. Campbell.

VaNews October 29, 2011