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.
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.
Virginia’s largest county is grappling with a problem that has become familiar to suburban communities across the country:
How to redefine itself amid aging neighborhoods, sweeping demographic changes and a sluggish economy that has sparked debates over raising taxes or significantly cutting into residents’ quality of life.
Fairfax County Executive Edward J. Long tried to block the appointment of a longtime community activist to a newly formed police commission out of concern that he would push to establish a permanent civilian review board, internal county e-mails show.
Long sought to convince Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the board of supervisors, not to place Nicholas Beltrante on the commission, which was created in response to controversy surrounding the 2013 fatal shooting of John Geer, an unarmed man.
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.
This year, Fairfax County residents can expect to see more building in older parts of the county, greater investments made in the growing school system and transportation improvements designed to alleviate some of Northern Virginia’s worst traffic congestion.
But, amid a lethargic economy that has contributed to a projected $100 million budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year, reaching those and other goals will be challenging, Sharon Bulova, chairman of the county board of supervisors, said Wednesday in her annual state of the county address.
This year, Fairfax County will see a new Silver Line train begin operating in Tysons, a $250 million mall redevelopment opening in Springfield and state-funded road improvements countywide, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova said in an annual state of the county speech Wednesday.
But with a projected budget shortfall of $25 million and the county’s vaunted school system hurting for money, those successes will be tempered by hard choices that could make 2014 challenging, she acknowledged.