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Amundsen to Retire, Surovell to Run

Sandhya Somashekhar

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.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  June 24, 2009; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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I can't think of anyone smarter or with a better knowledge of the issues than Scott Surovell. As a Mount Vernon resident, I can't wait to give Scott whatever support he needs to continue the tradition of high quality representation for Mount Vernon in Richmond.

Posted by: rockchalk | June 24, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow. This was a surprise to me in a sense, but in another sense, given the ridiculously low 18K a year that delegates get, I'm not surprised.

Kris, we are going to miss you. You've served us well. You were steeped in the prgamatic politics of Richmond and were always part of the machinations there, but the thing I admired the most about you is that you never lost your sense of empathy for others, your sense of serving others.

We need more empathetic delegates and senators in Virignia. Thank you Kris!

At the same time, I too am overly energized by the idea of Scott Surovell running to be our next delegate. In all my years of political activism, I've never known someone as smart, competent, nice, and sharp as Scott...seriously. He is a lifelong Mt. Vernonite, and he knows the community inside and out, and he'll make an incredible public servant for the people of the 44th--of that, I'm certain.

Just when I thought I could take a breather in our persistent election work, now that's just not going to happen.


Posted by: DouginMountVernon | June 24, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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