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Posted at 7:02 PM ET, 01/14/2011

Second candidate files for Fairfax supervisors race

By Fredrick Kunkle

The gauntlet was thrown down over some very good beer.

Before announcing his candidacy for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Marc A. Greidinger thought he should invite over his neighbor and soon-to-be rival, Supervisor John C. Cook, to tell him the news over a drink.

Greidinger, a Democrat, quaffed a German beer -- the Aylinger Celebrator Doppelbock -- while telling Cook that he would be gunning for Cook's seat on the 10-member board. Cook, a Republican, downed a Dogfish Head Midas Touch.

Both live in the same precinct in the Braddock District, which switched from Democrat to Republican last time around. Their meeting this week was the start to a campaign that both said should be clean, if not downright chivalrous.

"He's always been a gentleman to me," Greidinger, 47, a private attorney specializing in labor and civil rights law, said Friday.

But Greidinger suggested that the campaign will be feisty, saying that Cook, 47, is out of step with the district on spending priorities and the environment. Greidinger also said he would do a better job handling constituents' needs, owing to Cook's duties as the founding partner of a law firm.

For his part, Cook has been a vocal, if polite, dissenter on the Democratic-led board. On Thursday, he criticized Chairman Sharon S. Bulova's (D) State of the County address for failing to address the funding of critical transportation needs, especially in Tysons Corner, and for assuming that the county's taxpayers will have to pay about $150 more in taxes to hold the county's projected shortfall at $50 million.

Greidinger, who filed Jan. 11, is the second candidate to file papers indicating his interest in running for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, said Gary Scott, deputy registrar of the county Office of Elections.

Dennis D. Husch, 64, a former Republican councilman and vice mayor in the town of Herndon, filed in December to run against Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust, 59, a Democrat elected in November 2007.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | January 14, 2011; 7:02 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fredrick Kunkle  
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Wow these guys (Greidinger and Cook) have *really* good taste in beer. I'm a Democrat, but I'd "vote" Dogfish Head over an import any day.

Posted by: antonioeliasiv | January 16, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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