Fairfax County

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"Welcome to the big leagues Mr. Cook" Scott Surovell dismantles Cook on FCDC Blog

If WaPo thought the recent special election in Fairfax County for Braddock's seat on the Board of Supervisors would be a quiet way to put another endorsement in the R column, they were mistaken. Scott Surovell, Chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, dismantles the WaPo endorsement of Cook using Cook's own swearing in ceremony speech.


Cook Pulls Off The Sheep’s Clothing
By FCDC Chair on Mar 25, 2009

There Will Be No Paper Trail in VA's Largest Jurisdiction This Year - Unless We Act

Due to budget shortfalls, Fairfax County cannot afford paper ballots for their optical scan machines, and will only be using their electronic machines - the same kind of machine that crashed in the March 10th special election.

What's more, they will not be opening the Satellite Locations around the county as they did last November. Only the Government Center will be open for In-Person Absentee Voting.

Ilryong Moon Concedes in the Braddock Supervisor Race

Moon's statement

March 11, 2009

For Immediate Release:
I was certainly hoping for better numbers from the voting machines at Fairview Precinct today, but the numbers show otherwise. Even though I have a right to ask for a recount under state law and also challenge the election result due to irregularities with the voting machines used at Fairview precinct, I have decided not to do so. Given the state of our economy, the taxpayers' resources should be focused on providing services to Fairfax County's residents and Braddock District's residents need someone to represent them on the Board of Supervisors to start working on important issues such as budget and transportation as soon as possible. I do not want to cause any delay.

I am humbled by and grateful for all the support that I have received from many supporters and more than 6,000 votes cast in the special election on Tuesday. I would like to congratulate Mr. John Cook for waging a strong campaign and wish him well on the Board. I look forward to working with him on education issues as a school board member.

Ilryong Moon

Cook (R) wins Fairview by 19 votes, Braddock district by 89..

Liz Griffith for Fairfax County School Board

So here’s the deal – this Tuesday (3/10), voters in Fairfax County’s Braddock District can move the County Board forward by electing a Harvard-educated School Board veteran, Ilryong Moon , as the County Board’s first Asian-American Supervisor. If they are wise enough to do so, Braddock then gets a chance at a two-for-one special – Moon as their Supervisor, and Braddock’s Liz Griffith as his School Board replacement.

Her leadership among Democrats includes serving as a member of the FCDC Steering Committee and serving as one of the first leaders of the Brigades group of former Webb volunteers. But besides being a good Dem, she is also well suited to the School Board. Her experience includes a PhD in Political Science, four children who have attended Fairfax County Public Schools, and work as a high school teacher, former PTSA President and Program Director of a children’s summer arts camp. She is currently active on the School Board's Human Relations Advisory Committee, serving as chair of its Communication Subcommittee.

Liz went out on a limb for the Democrats 2 years ago, challenging an incumbent Republican on the School Board in her very first race – and coming only 153 votes shy of victory. She is well known among Democratic volunteers in Virginia for her enthusiastic and energetic work on the Webb and Obama campaigns. For Obama, she helped set up the volunteer leadership team in Fairfax County, worked Hampton Roads, and for her efforts was elected an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic Convention in Denver.

More Highlights from CPAC

(excellent CPAC coverage by Frank - promoted by code)
read Frank's other days of coverage:

"Are you really tired of liberal elitists defeating your values, diminishing your freedoms, and stealing your money?" [enthusiastic cheers from the crowd]

Taking a seat in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC for the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, this is what I heard from Lori Roman of RegularFolksUnited.com. She started her organization to "hold the liberal elitists accountable" for "doing things in your home town or home state." It's a democratic ("SMALL d," she emphasized) website where people can post their latest outrage, and take action. And they've "trained" talk radio hosts to go there for stories.

I see banter on my website... Sometimes people ask: Does it really matter? It does matter. It matters when we shut down the [Congressional] switchboard... Sometimes it feels like the liberal elitists are trampling over you every day... Remember, we are our only hope. We have to use every venue we can. There's more of us than them. We need to fight back!
Thanks to Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin, they're listening to Regular Folks... I said to myself, 'I want those bitter, gun-and-religion-clinging folks on my site.'

Stop HB1788 & Say NO MORE to Bob Hull

I just found out that my own Delegate, Bob Hull is backing HB1788 / SB1276. This bill will deny localities the ability to prohibit alternative on-site sewage systems that have been approved by the Virginia Department of Public Health and will further deny localities the ability to require maintenance of such systems.

Stop HB1788 to protect the health, safety, and public welfare.

Details can be found HERE

Global Warming Town Hall with Congressman Connolly, Chairwoman Bulova - February 18, 6:30

Warming Up: Why Northern Virginia Needs Congress to Address Global Warming

Come to hear from Northern Virginia’s newest member of Congress, Fairfax County’s own Congressman Gerry Connolly, about how Congress will address global warming.

What: Town Hall with Congressman Gerry Connolly, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova, and local business leaders in a question-and-answer town hall forum for Northern Virginia residents to hear directly about ongoing efforts and opportunities in to stop global warming.

Jim Webb for Sharon Bulova (Fairfax County)

This fundraiser/party was such a huge success, I could barely get close enough to take pictures and could barely hear what was said during the speechifying. But I had a blast. School Board member Kay Kory hosted a packed house for Jim Webb in support of Sharon Bulova for Chairman of the board. Candidates for Lt. Governor, Jody Wagner and Jon Bowerbank were there and candidate for Governor, Brian Moran came by after his Arlington event.

Connolly Makes a Good Start

Close to 700 people showed up for US Congressman Gerry Connolly's open house, including Senator Jim Webb, Congressman Jim Moran, and a host of other members of Congress. Congressman Connolly had the largest open house of all 435 members of congress. The House administration asked that his reception be moved to a House committee room from his office because of the crowd. A highly unusual request for a freshman. Congressman Connolly also spoke eloquently on the House floor this morning on the bill mandating equal pay for women. All in all a good start from another red to blue pick up in Virginia.

Does Herrity Actually Have a Chance?

Ah, Virginia, land of the never-ending elections. Just 3 months after the groundbreaking November vote that swept Obama into office with a big assist from the Commonwealth, Fairfax County will have a special election Feb. 3 to fill Gerry Connolly’s seat as Chairman of the County Board. The candidates will be Sharon Bulova, Democrat and Pat Herrity, Republican.

Conventional wisdom would certainly hold that this is not the time to be running as a Republican in Fairfax. On November 4th, Fairfax County voters delivered winning Democratic margins of 55% for Gerry Connolly, 68% for Mark Warner and 60% for Barack Obama – after years of growing Democratic strength.

And yet leading County Dems, fearful that the flock may be getting too complacent, are warning that Herrity might actually have a shot at it, because:

1) Repubs are desperate to claim a victory after getting their butts kicked so many times in a row, and will do whatever it takes to deliver the votes;
2) Herrity has the advantage of his father’s name – Chairman of the board from 1976-1988, and a name now plastered across the Fairfax County Parkway and a major government building.
3) It is bound to be a low turnout election, meaning that whoever turns out the votes can win it.

Special Election for Fairfax County Chair Set

February 3, 2009 is set as the date for Fairfax County’s Special Election for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

Thus far, Sharon Bulova (Braddock) is the only democratic candidate aspiring to the Chairmanship. As Vice-Chair of the Board, and Chair of the Board’s budget Committee, Bulova has pledged to address the county’s fiscal condition while “protecting the things we care about.”

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee has set December 20th for a firehouse primary should a Democratic challenger emerge.

The democratic nominee will run against Republican Pat Herrity, son of past Chair Jack Herrity. Pat is now serving his first term as Springfield District Supervisor.

Bulova, a very popular supervisor in an increasingly blue County, is the favorite. Nevertheless, name recognition could make Herrity a tough challenger for Bulova, especially in the southwest corner of the County.