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Fairfax board chair Bulova gets a challenger

A Republican has emerged to challenge Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) for the county's top elected post in 2011.

Marianne L. Horinko, a small-business owner who served as assistant administrator and acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during President George W. Bush's first term, filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections last week to form a campaign committee -- Friends of Marianne Horinko 2011.

Horinko is well-known to area Republicans; she ran in the Republican primary to fill the 37th District seat in the Virginia Senate vacated by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, eventually losing in a firehouse primary to Steve Hunt, a former Fairfax County School Board member. The seat eventually went to state Sen. Dave W. Marsden (D-Fairfax).

Since 2008, Horinko has become more active in Fairfax politics, joining the local Republican committee, the county's Chamber of Commerce and donating at least $27,000 to GOP candidates, according to the nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project.

Horinko, 49, of Chantilly, runs an environmental consulting firm in Washington called The Horinko Group. She could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

But Anthony Bedell, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, said Horinko's decision to enter the race nearly 18 months before the Nov. 8, 2011, election sends a "strong message." No other Republicans have entered the race but Bedell said it was "too early to tell if someone else might file."

Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield), who earlier this month lost a primary battle for Congress in Virginia's 11th District to Oakton businessman Keith Fimian, has ruled out another run for chairman and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a former chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, told Virginia Politics this month that he hadn't "made a decision to enter any race. A good enough reason not to run is to avoid Washington Post reporters."

Davis also enjoys a lucrative second career as the director of federal government affairs at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Bulova, 62, said in an interview Tuesday she intends to seek re-election for what would be her second full term. When informed of Horinko's entrance into the race by Virginia Politics Tuesday, Bulvova replied that she "didn't know who she is but I will Google her later."

Bulova succeeded U.S. Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly (D-Va.) in February 2009 following a special election against Herrity.

By Derek Kravitz  |  June 22, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Leftists are killing Fairfax. Gerry "the crooked skunk" Connelly started the slide, Bulova has doubled down on communism. Take the county back, Republicans..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 23, 2010 4:05 AM | Report abuse

When informed of Horinko's entrance into the race by Virginia Politics Tuesday, Bulvova replied that she "didn't know who she is but I will Google her later."

Based on statements like that by Chairman Bulova, it looks like Gerry Connolly's arrogance is rubbing off on her. That is too bad.
If I were her advisor, I would say keep as far away from Connolly as possible, so when Fimian wins by a landslide, you are not linked with a one term congressman, who also has helped run Fairfax's budget in to the ground. To even suggest Tom Davis run again for Chairman is plain sophistry. Been there, done that, big step down. Now his wife, former state Sen. Devolites, that would be another matter. I am sure though, the Fairfax County GOP will find plenty of weak moderate candidates to challenge Bulova, unless it learned its lesson after not endorsing conservative Keith Fimian!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | June 28, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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