Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

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Supervisor Cook's Race-Bating Inaugural

FCDC Chair Scott Surovell, has come out swinging against Virginia's newly inaugurated Supervisor, Republican John Cook.

Well, Cook has spoken. He spoke at his swearing in ceremony. You can watch it here. The sheepskin has come off of the wolf.

It’s amazing how easily The Washington Post Editorial Board was so thoroughly spun. This speech was dripping with the same Republican Snake Oil that we’ve been listening to for twenty years. It is full of “you can have your cake and eat it too” promises and nice sounding sloganeering with no actual REVENUE to back it up. It is exactly what the voters rejected on November 4, 2008.

Some Initial Thoughts About the Moon Race

(Scott Surovell is chair of Fairfax County Dem. Committee - this is an important read, re-posted from comments in the previous Braddock Special Election thread. -- code)

There were 2 machines in Fairview Precinct. One machine had a plausible vote total and showed a 6 vote margin for Moon. The second (broken) machine originally showed a public counter of 350 something. It also showed 723 votes cast for Cook, Moon, etc. with a margin for Cook.

The Code of Virginia requires "inoperative" machines to be analyzed consistent with "the manufacturer's instructions." The manufacturer declared Chapter 7 years ago and no longer exists. The manual provided to the County contained no instructions for machines that were reporting implausible tallies. The Electoral Board then called a company that has assumed service for the machines and asked some questions.

The machine opening tapes on the questionable machine showed that 7 votes were cast on the machine before it was opened - plus the public counter showed 0 votes cast (although there were 7 on the machine). (The County tested machines by casting 7 votes on each, but they were supposed to be zeroed out (the public counter showed 0, but the machine didn't zero out the votes)). The machines together totaled 1,073 votes cast - the poll book showed only 707 voters came through. This is why the Electoral Board chose to count the electronic ballot images. I'm not aware of DRE ballot images ever being utilized in any election in Virginia history.

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..

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair - Bulova Wins!

Polls have closed in Fairfax for the Board of Supervisors Chair special election today, Feb. 3, 2009.

This is an open thread / results thread. So stay tuned.

Update, 9:45 pm, Final

Bulova: 51,949 (48.2%)
Herrity: 50,732 (47.1%)

228 / 228 Precincts Reporting & Absentees - 107,713 Total Votes

Bulova Wins!
Editor's Note, 10:20 pm: After confirming that the results do include absentees, it appears that Sharon Bulova has won by 1,217 votes. Congratulations to Ms. Bulova!

Herrity Resorts to Misrepresentation in Reaction to Bulova’s Washington Post Endorsement

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Apparently, Pat Herrity was so disappointed when the Washington Post endorsed Sharon Bulova for Fairfax County chairman that he had to generate a distortion of Bulova's Washington Post endorsement by repeating his own quotes in his most recent mail piece.

The Washington Post wrote that "But Mr. Herrity contends that Ms. Bulova and her Democratic colleagues increased spending recklessly in recent years and didn't do enough to gird for the current crisis." Their ringing endorsement of Sharon Bulova concluded that "it's hard to fault her."

What does this desperate candidate do? He quotes his own quote and misrepresents it as the opinion of the Washington Post. Not only that, he repeats it twice. Herrity also conveniently fails to note the Post's reaction to his aspersions. Then he goes further, misrepresenting the Post by omission. He conveniently cuts out the Post's criticism of his lack of experience and ideological orientation. Herrity also carefully shortens a passage that praised Bulova's history of fiscal responsibility.

Sharon Bulova's steady leadership pushed Fairfax County into stellar growth. Her reserve fund—which Herrity opposedis the lifeline that today keeps Fairfax performing better than the rest of the nation in the current recession.

On the other hand, Herrity seems to confuse leadership with hypocrisy.

UPDATE: Enter Your Turnout Information In Comments: Elect Sharon Bulova Today!

Folks, we are down to the wire. The only thing standing between Chairman Sharon Bulova and Chairman Pat Herrity (gasp!) is YOU. That's right, you. If you are not calling, canvassing, or posting signs for Sharon Bulova this weekend, you are not standing in the way of disaster for Fairfax Coutny government. If you are reading this, you should ask yourself what you are personally doing between now and Tuesday to get another Democratic vote to the polls before 7 pm on February 3rd.

See below the flip for information on when and where to help.

Election and Volunteer Info For Fairfax County Special Election

I've had a number of people ask me about when the Special Election for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is going to take place and how you can get more involved in the campaign. With just a week left before the election, here is some of the information that I have received about the election which will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd countywide at your regular polling place. Also similar to regular Election Days here in Virginia, the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and you can get more information about polling places by following this link.

For those of you who are looking to get involved with Sharon Bulova's campaign before Election Day, the FCDC website says that there will be phone banks every day. There will also be canvassing this weekend and on election day (see the FCDC website for more information). According to the campaign, there are also ways to volunteer if none of the aforementioned times work for you.

If you have volunteers who are willing to phone bank this weekend regardless of where they are in the county always try to schedule them to go to the phone bank at 7600 Colshire Dr, 4th Floor, McLean, 22102, 12am – 5pm on Sat and Sun, 5pm – 9pm on Mon, and 9am – 7pm on Tues. There will be a predictive dialer (a computer that only has you talk to live people instead of waiting for dialing and ringing) and many phone lines available at this location and we should work to fill it as much as possible first to maximize or efforts.

For more information or to schedule volunteers contact Caroline Brooks at c.mck.brooks@gmail.com, 703‐503‐2009

more below the flip

Sharon Bulova Event in McLean (With Video)

At an event in McLean on Sunday, a substantial crowd of people filed into home of Supervisor John Foust to show their support for Sharon Bulova’s candidacy for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The excitement of the inauguration hadn’t worn off and one of the main topics of discussion was what people did on Inauguration Day and all the hope they had for the future. Despite the fact that we have a fantastic leader in the White House, people were also quick to point out that we still need to have strong leadership at the local level. Fortunately, we have a candidate in Sharon Bulova who has the ability to bring people together in order to pass meaningful legislation.

After she was introduced by Supervisor John Foust, Sharon Bulova started her speech by thanking everyone for coming out to the event. She then proceeded to talk about how Fairfax County has a highly respected school system and that it is extremely important for us to make sure this continues. What I really liked was that in bringing up this topic, she highlighted how the Board of Supervisors must be willing to work together with the School Board in order to come up with a way to maintain our superior schools during this economic downturn. This important to note because it illustrates how Sharon is looking for ways to not only reach across party lines, but also organizational lines in order to look after the best interests of Fairfax County residents.

more, including video, below the fold

Republican Dirty Tricks in Fairfax County

Bullies from the Herrity campaign have "sandwiched" Sharon Bulova's campaign signs at the intersection of Old Keene Mill Rd. and Rolling Rd. It's an old trick that obscures an opponent's signs without actually removing them. I saw some McCain supporters doing this last year, and we all know how those desperate actions paid off!

So if you're driving in Fairfax County, be vigilant and look out for sandwiching or signs that have been uprooted. Unlike the '08 elections, Sharon needs the name recognition and to raise awareness of the upcoming election. So signs are more important and effective in this campaign.

Inside Scoop TV Show Sunday 01/04 "Meet Sharon Bulova"

Inside Scoop Sunday
January 4th, 2009
"Candidate Showcase - Sharon Bulova"
6:30 to 7:30 PM EST

URL for a 60 second PSA that can be linked to or embedded in websites and blogs for the next 4 weeks (free copies on HQ DVD available upon request):

URL for the 58 Minute Show:

Bulova Open House, Button Party and Sign Blitz

The Sharon Bulova for Chairman of the Board (Fairfax Co.) campaign will be having an office open house this Saturday, January 3rd, 1-3 PM. We will also be making campaign buttons and will do a sign blitz after the event. Come visit, pick up yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons & help us celebrate the New Year. The button making party at the Sign of the Whale is moved up in time and location to this event:

Sharon Bulova HQ
5618 Ox Road, Suite C,
Fairfax Station, VA 22039