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'It's good to see people engaged' in Burke

Christopher Dean Hopkins

The parking lot was bustling with a steady flow of mid-morning voters at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, where election officials reported the same robust turnout that other nearby precincts had seen throughout the morning -- nearly 600 voters had cast their ballots in the school cafeteria by 10:45 a.m., officials said.

Volunteers handing out sample ballots outside commented on the heavy voter traffic.

"I hope it continues," said one volunteer as he handed a green Democratic sample ballot to an arriving voter. "It's good to see people engaged."

Burke resident Ross Nelson said that he voted for Republican Keith Fimian because he would like to see "a little more balance" in national politics. He's concerned about spending, he added.

"I'd like to see more responsibility. If not lower taxes, at least not higher," he said.

Joe St. Germaine, of Burke, said that he supported Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly over Fimian.

"Gerry's a professional," St. Germaine said. "His general voting record is in line with my social philosophy."

St. Germaine said he also supported Connolly because he wanted the current Democratic administration to continue unobstructed.

"I hear a lot of talk from the other side about getting rid of the health-care bill, which is of great concern to me," he said. The passage of Obama's landmark health-care reform package is not something he wants undone, St. Germaine said.

"How can anybody say that there has been no change?" he said. "The health-care reform, that's an enormous change ... he's been in office two years!"

Burke resident Ashley Nguyen, 24, also voted for Connolly in order to support the Democratic party overall.

Nguyen said she is pro-choice, an issue that keeps her voting along Democratic party lines.

"The Democrats could be doing better," she said, "but I guess any administration could be doing better."

By Caitlin Gibson  | November 2, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Caitlin Gibson, Election 2010, Fairfax County, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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