Longtime Fairfax County Superviser Penelope A. Gross (D-Mason) fought off a spirited challenger in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while county school board member Dan Storck beat out three other candidates for the nomination to succeed retiring Supervisor Gerald L. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon).
With all results in, Gross, 71, secured 56 percent of the 5,095 votes cast, according to unofficial results. Her challenger, Jessica Swanson, 31, got 44 percent.
With just a few days until the Democratic primary elections in Fairfax County, Penelope A. Gross, a five-term supervisor, is facing a vigorous challenge from an opponent who questions Gross’s commitment to school funding and her ideas for redeveloping the traffic-clogged Seven Corners area.
Amid ongoing controversy over redevelopment efforts in Fairfax County’s Mason District, a second candidate announced her bid Monday to unseat veteran supervisor Penelope A. Gross.
Mollie Loeffler, a former chair of the Mason District Council of Community Associations, used as a backdrop for her announcement the site of a former Seven Corners elementary school that local residents want returned to the county school system.
Amid community frustration over redevelopment efforts and the need for more schools in Fairfax County’s Mason District, a neighborhood activist announced Tuesday that she will take on longtime County Supervisor Penelope Gross in the June Democratic primary election.
“I just think we’ve missed a lot of opportunities to get things right in the Mason District,” said Jessica Swanson, 31, a former vice president of the Ravenwood Park homeowners association.
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.
Northern Virginia officials said Tuesday that Verizon has to do more than apologize for the failure of 911 emergency service centers during June's derecho storm. The company needs to do -- or spend -- whatever is necessary to ensure that it doesn't happen again, they said.
"It doesn't help just to say, 'I'm sorry,' " said Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross, D-Mason. "You have to make the investment, put some money into it."