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Filler-Corn sworn in as delegate, one day after narrow win in Fairfax

Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn was sworn as a delegate Wednesday, a day after squeaking by with less than half a percent margin in a special election in central Fairfax County.

Led by fellow Fairfax County Democrats to the ceremonial mace below the speaker's podium, Filler-Corn, 45, recited the oath of office six minutes after the daily session began.

Filler-Corn, who is a lobbyist, defeated Republican lobbyist Kerry D. Bolognese by 37 votes out of more than 11,000 cast in a race with an unusually high turnout for a special election. Filler-Corn received 5,758 votes to Bolognese's 5,721. She fills the seat vacated by Sen. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax), who won a special election in mid-January against a Republican former School Board member.

--Fredrick Kunkle

By Fredrick Kunkle  |  March 3, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
Categories:  !General Assembly , 2010 legislative session , Fairfax County , Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates  
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"Filler-Corn, who is a lobbyist, defeated Republican lobbyist..."

what a joke our govt has become.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Bolognese will now realize that he is not wanted in the Virginia Senate or House of Delegates.

Posted by: mortified469 | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The voters preferred corn to baloney.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The Republican didn't demand a recount?! She probably had 50 votes in the trunk of her car "in case of emergency."

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 3, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The numbers are clear: there is no clear winner. We should be gracious and respectful in victory and defeat, knowing that those conditions are separated by only 37 of 11,000 votes.

Posted by: flanagansclan | March 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the voters had a hard time choosing between two great candidates. Who doesn't look up to their local lobbyist as a leader in the community?

Posted by: BurtReynolds | March 3, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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