VaNews for 2011 Fairfax County Supervisor (Braddock) - Regular General and 2011 Fairfax County Supervisor (Braddock) - Regular Primary



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



FAIRFAX BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BRADDOCK DISTRICT RACE HEATS UP

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

Election season rhetoric got a little hotter this week in the race for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Braddock District seat when the Democratic challenger’s campaign accused Supervisor John C. Cook (R) of gambling with the safety of county firefighters.

VaNews October 7, 2011



FAIRFAX SUPERVISOR COOKS GETS BOOST FROM MCDONNELL

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

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, swooping into Fairfax County on Friday to cut the ribbon at Northrop Grumman’s new corporate headquarters, was also scheduled to headline a $500-a-head fundraiser for Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock), Cook’s campaign said. The governor’s quick political visit, wedged between other duties, underscored the importance of the bellwether Braddock District race for Republicans, who now hold three seats on the 10-member Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

VaNews September 26, 2011



FAIRFAX COUNTY’S BRADDOCK DISTRICT CANDIDATES HOLD FIRST DEBATE

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

Candidates for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor’s Braddock District seat met in the first of 10 planned debates Wednesday night, offering competing views on matters involving all of Northern Virginia’s biggest jurisdiction and neighborhood minutiae. More than 100 people overflowed a meeting room at the Braddock District office to observe the 90-minute contest between Republican Supervisor John C. Cook, Democratic challenger Janet S. Olezsek and Carey C. Campbell, an independent. The candidates agreed on the need to continue building a new Metro line to Dulles International Airport, sparred over public employee pensions, and sketched differing philosophies of government while trying not to seem too partisan.

VaNews September 16, 2011



FAIRFAX’S BRADDOCK CANDIDATES AGREE ON FIRST 2 OF 10 DEBATES

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

The two main-party candidates in the race for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ seat in the key Braddock District have agreed to hold 10 debates beginning Sept. 14, their campaigns said Monday. In a joint news release, Supervisor John C. Cook, the Republican incumbent, and Democratic challenger Janet S. Oleszek, a former school board member, said they came to agreement on the number of forums — which they believe could set a record for a magisterial district election — and on arrangements for the first two debates in September. Carey C. Campbell, a former vice president of the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations who is running for Braddock District supervisor as an independent, will also participate in the September debates, the campaigns said.

VaNews August 30, 2011



IN FAIRFAX, COOK, OLESZEK CAMPS AGREE TO DEBATES

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

Soon after former Fairfax County School Board member Janet S. Oleszek clinched victory in the Democratic Party primary to run for the Board of Supervisors’ Braddock District seat, Republican incumbent John C. Cook offered an open hand of welcome, more or less. The GOP county chairman delivered a few slaps. Cook, in a written statement issued Wednesday, said he called Oleszek to congratulate her on her victory and also proposed a series of neighborhood debates around the district. What Cook has in mind is 10 forums — one a week — and he said he could begin as soon as this weekend. His statement also contained a note or two of criticism, wondering whether Oleszek has performed any public service in the community since leading the PTA 10 years ago before her service on the school board. He also challenged Oleszek for specifics on fixing transportation problems.

VaNews August 26, 2011



FAIRFAX ELECTION OFFICIALS RECOUNTING VOTE IN BRADDOCK PRIMARY

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

The Fairfax County primary to pick a Democratic challenger for the Board of Supervisors’ seat in the Braddock District turned into a nail-biter on Tuesday. There was such a narrow margin of victory that election officials will recount the vote Wednesday morning before declaring a victory, according to candidates and election officials. After polls closed Tuesday night, Janet S. Oleszek, a former school board member, held a 42-vote lead over first-time candidate Christopher J. Wade. Oleszek once lost a legislative battle to then-Sen. Ken Cuccinelli by a razor’s edge For a time — with just two precincts left to count – the lead was in Wade’s hands. With all 27 precincts reporting, however, Oleszek had 50.54 percent of the vote, compared with Wade’s 49.45 percent. There was one provisional ballot cast.

VaNews August 25, 2011