Moon Wins Firehouse Primary in Fairfax County
Fairfax County School Board member Ilryong Moon defeated community activist Janyce N. Hedetniemi and the Rev. Ronald F. Christian in a "firehouse" primary yesterday and today for the Democratic nomination for the county's Braddock District supervisor seat.
Moon now faces Republican John Cook, 45, a lawyer and community activist, and Carey C. Campbell, an independent who ran unsuccessfully in the chairman's race, in a special election scheduled for March 10. The three are vying to replace Democrat Sharon S. Bulova, who narrowly defeated Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) to become chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Bulova replaced Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, now in Congress.
Scott A. Surovell, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, reported that Moon earned 1,528 votes, Hedetniemi earned 1,073 votes and Christian earned 92 votes in the firehouse primary. The fate of an additional eight uncounted votes was uncertain, but they won't change the outcome, Surovell said.
Officially called an unassembled caucus, the firehouse primary is a party-sponsored event at which Democrats may voice their support for a candidate over multiple days, rather than all at once as is customary in a caucus.
Moon, 51, a lawyer who has spent 10 years on the School Board and four years on the Planning Commission, was perhaps the best known of the three Democratic candidates. All three vowed to continue championing the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and the urban redevelopment of Tysons Corner. All pledged to be as responsive about potholes as they are to the needs of the 169,000-student school district.
Surovell said he was heartened by the turnout at the caucus, which he said put to rest concerns after Bulova's narrow victory last week that county Democrats had grown complacent after a string of electoral victories.
"Who says Democrats aren't energized?" he said. "We're plenty energized."
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