Amundsen to Retire, Surovell to Run
Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) announced today she was retiring after ten years in the House. Amundson, who has her own communications firm, said she was stepping down at the end of her term this year for financial reasons.
"For most of these years, I have been able to put together enough freelance and consulting work to allow me to continue in public office," she wrote in a letter to constituents. "All that changed with the recession. Among the cutbacks that many businesses have made are the consulting services that made up the bulk of my income. Campaigning is a full time job. So I have made the difficult decision not to run for reelection to the House of Delegates."
Running for her eastern Fairfax County seat will be Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chairman Scott A. Surovell. Surovell, who is no stranger to this blog, said he will resign from his chairmanship tonight. "I think there's a lot going on in Richmond that I'd like to get fixed," said the longtime Mount Vernon resident.
Amundson's retirement was greeted enthusiastically by Fairfax Republicans, who hope that Surovell's late entry into the race will help their candidate, James McConville, in the Democratic leaning district (in her last contested race in 2003, she beat Republican Gregory Scoma and Green Party candidate Glenda Parker with 58 percent of the vote).
"We all saw it as an uphill fight, no doubt," GOP Chairman Anthony Bedell said. But Amundson's retirement offers McConville, head of the Fort Hunt Youth Association, "a golden opportunity," Bedell said.
Parker is also in the race again this year.
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