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"D" Is for Democrat and Dollars

Steve Fehr

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors lost two wealthy Republicans in November but is gaining one pretty well-off Democrat.

John W. Foust (D-Dranesville), who will attend his first board meeting on Monday, holds between $620,000 and more than $2 million in stocks and mutual funds, according to his statement of financial interests on file with the county. (Members are not required to be specific and can report assets within wide brackets) That's in addition to at least $500,000 in annual income from his Vienna law practice, and from his wife, Dr. Marilyn Jerome, an ob-gyn in Northwest D.C. It places him, at least according to what can be gleaned from the barebones disclosure forms, on a par with Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence), as among the most well-to-do board members. Smyth and her husband, lawyer Nigel S. Smyth, hold stocks and mutual funds worth between $730,000 and more than $1.6 million.

Foust unseated Republican Joan M. DuBois, who last year reported up to $1.4 million in stocks, mutual funds and IRAs with her husband, Joseph DuBois, a senior official at OSHA.

Elaine McConnell, who held the board's Springfield seat for six terms until her retirement last month, owned, among other things, a 240-acre ranch in Page County and four preschools, three in Fairfax County and one in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Her successor, Pat S. Herrity (R), makes more than $10,000 annually as chief administrative and financial officer for Arrowhead Global Solutions, a telecom and satellite services firm. His wife Nancy works for Delex Systems Inc., an IT contractor. They reported between $120,000 and $600,000 inequity and bond funds.

Jeff McKay (D-Lee), has no outside employment (he and other board members will make $75,000 a year) and holds between $20,000 and $100,000 in mutual funds. His wife, Crystal, is a marketing analyst with Arrowpoint Corp., an Alexandria management consulting firm.

By Steve Fehr  |  January 4, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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