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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



ON NORMALLY POLITE FAIRFAX BOARD, HEATED ARGUMENTS OVER TAX RATE MANEUVERS

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

he meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors had ended. But several members were still arguing on the dais, even as board Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) urged them to leave. Moments earlier, Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) had accused her two newest colleagues of political grandstanding.

VaNews March 4, 2016



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 - 3 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 CANDIDATE SLAMMED FOR FOCUSING ON SALARY OF OPPONENT’S SPOUSE

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The politically powerful chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has accused a Republican board candidate of sexist behavior after the candidate twice mentioned the economic status of his Democratic opponent during a political forum. John Guevara (R) is locked in a competitive race for the Sully District seat with Kathy Smith (D), a school board member who stopped working as a teacher in the 1980s to raise her children full time. Smith’s husband is chief financial officer for the Farm Credit ­Administration.

VaNews September 3, 2015



HARD FEELINGS OVER SCHOOL BOUNDARIES PROMPT AN ALLEGED ASSAULT IN VIRGINIA

By LYNH BUI, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

After knocking on thousands of doors through the course of five political campaigns, the longtime Fairfax County School Board member and aspiring county supervisor has her pitch down pat: “Hi, I’m Kathy Smith. I’m running for the Board of Supervisors in November.” But before she could give the woman doing yardwork on Misty Creek Lane the rest of her spiel Saturday afternoon, Smith said, the woman attacked her.

VaNews July 13, 2015



REPUBLICANS VIE TO REPLACE RETIRING SUPERVISOR IN FAIRFAX’S SULLY DISTRICT

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

Twenty-four years have passed since Republican Michael R. Frey became supervisor of the newly created Sully District in western Fairfax County. Now, Frey is retiring, and the once-rural area, which has become a hub for businesses and immigration, must launch a new political era. The first step comes Saturday at Westfield High School in Chantilly. Three Republican candidates will compete for the nomination in a firehouse canvass that is expected to draw about 2,000 voters from a population of 130,000 residents.

VaNews April 23, 2015



FAIRFAX SCHOOL BOARD’S KATHY SMITH TO RUN FOR SULLY DISTRICT SUPERVISOR SEAT

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

Fairfax County school board member Kathy Smith declared her candidacy Thursday for the Sully District supervisor seat being vacated by long-time incumbent Michael Frey, who announced earlier this week that he will not be seeking re-election in November. “Education has always been my top priority in running for office and that is why I have always declined running for higher office in the past,” Smith, (D-Sully) said in a statement emailed to media outlets.

VaNews January 23, 2015



VETERAN FAIRFAX SUPERVISOR MICHAEL FREY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

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

Fairfax County supervisor Michael Frey said Tuesday he will not seek a seventh term in November, a surprise announcement by the Sully District’s first and only supervisor that could change the political dynamics of the county board. After 24 years in office that began when his district was created in 1990, “it just seemed like time,” said Frey, 58, who is one of three Republicans on the 10-member county board.

VaNews January 21, 2015