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Candidates For Fairfax Board Waste No Time

Amy Gardner

The provisional ballots still aren't counted in yesterday's special election for Fairfax County board chairman, but already a new gaggle of candidates are launching campaigns to replace Democrat Sharon S. Bulova in the board's Braddock District seat.

According to unofficial results, Bulova narrowly defeated Republican Pat S. Herrity to replace Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, who is now in Congress. Herrity has not yet conceded, however, and county election officials are still canvassing the results. Rokey Suleman, the general registrar, said he does not expect the results to change dramatically, meaning Bulova is likely to be certified the winner with no option of a recount for Herrity.

In the meantime, state Democrats are celebrating Bulova's victory as a sign of momentum heading into the fall elections for governor and the House of Delegates. And local leaders are positioning themselves to replace Bulova.

Jan Hedetniemi, a local Democrat and head of the Oak Hill citizens association, will kick off her campaign tonight at the Oak Hill mansion in Annandale. School board member Ilryong Moon, also a Democrat, is expected to announce plans to run, as is John Cook, a local Republican and head of the Kings Park neighborhood association.

The Democratic primary for the Braddock District seat will be held at the Kings Park
Library on Burke Lake Road on Feb. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 10 from 3 to 9 p.m.

The general election is set for Tuesday, March 10.

By Amy Gardner  |  February 4, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
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Comments

How is this momentum!?!?
In fact there were a number of house of delegates districts that are held by Democrats, but voted Republican (the 34th, 35th, and 67th).
Yes, I know Buloca won, but it might help to look beyond the surface of a victory (a 1 point victory mind you)

Posted by: steveincville | February 4, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Herrity has conceded now.

Posted by: duckz | February 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

We won in an election with less than 18% turnout. None of the core constituencies like youth or minorities really turned out. Herrity littered the county with signs and sent paid canvassers and we still won. Just wait till the general election and the wrath of a heavily Democratic Northern Virginia will return in full force.

Posted by: FairfaxIsBlue | February 4, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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