Virginia Republicans won their battle with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, holding onto the state Senate on Election Day last week in the face of an all-out effort by the Democratic governor. But based on their showing in several key races in Northern Virginia, some Republicans say they may be losing the war.
Even though the party retained its strong majority in the General Assembly on Nov. 3, the party lost ground in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, the parts of the state with the most people that are still growing.
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.
Coming down to the wire before the Nov. 3 election, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Republican challenger Jennifer Chronis on Oct. 18 differentiated their views on taxes, transportation, economic development and leadership style.
Foust, a lawyer and former McLean Citizens Association (MCA) president who first was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2007, cited a laundry list of community accomplishments during his tenure, ranging from new athletic fields to road improvements.
Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Republican challenger Jennifer Chronis maintained niceties for a while at the Great Falls Citizens Association’s Sept. 29 debate, but soon leveled accusations questioning each other’s suitability for the county supervisor post.
With less than three months before the November elections for Fairfax County supervisors, two-term incumbent John Foust is facing a tough challenge in his Dranesville District, new campaign disclosure reports show.
Since January, Republican Jennifer Chronis has edged out Foust in total cash contributions in the wealthy district that includes McLean and Great Falls, $132,331 to $111,986, the reports show.
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.
Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and current IBM executive Jennifer Chronis is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) in the Nov. 3 election.
“I’ve demonstrated a lifetime commitment to public service,” said Chronis, a Great Falls resident. “I believe I have the right background and experience to make a difference.”