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Former Herndon Mayor Joins Race for Del. Jennifer Boysko’s Seat

by Catherine Douglas Moran December 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm 5 Comments

(Updated at 3:54 p.m.) Former Herndon Mayor Mike O’Reilly announced on Friday (Dec. 14) that he will vie for the Virginia House of Delegates seat representing the 86th District, which includes Herndon.

Del. Jennifer Boysko, who currently holds the seat, plans to run for the State Senate seat to replace Congresswoman-elect Jennifer Wexton in the special election on Jan. 8.

“I am running for the House of Delegates to fight for more affordable healthcare, more funding for education and transportation in Northern Virginia, protection of women’s rights, protection from gun violence and to protect the environment,” O’Reilly said in a press release.

O’Reilly was elected Mayor of Herndon in 2004. As mayor, he helped reduce the tax rate, opened a new police station, opened the Senior Center at Herndon Harbor House and completed a rewrite of Herndon’s zoning ordinance.

He is currently a lawyer and the owner and principal of the O’Reilly Law Firm at 761 Monroe Street in Herndon and a member of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

O’Reilly, who has lived in Herndon for more than 35 years, is married and has four children.

O’Reilly served five years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, where he negotiated the design, financing and construction of the first phase for the Silver Line project and the procurement and contract award for the second phase.

He chaired for ten years the Governing Board of the Fairfax Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and also chaired the Board for Arts Herndon.

He faces three other Democratic candidates — Chad ThompsonKofi Annan and Ibraheem Samirah — for the spot at the Jan. 12 primary.

Photo via Michael O’Reilly

  • LaureenMT

    Nowhere does this article state whether he is running as a Democrat or a Republican.

    • Reston Now

      Hello Laureen,
      He is running as a Democrat. The article was recently updated to include that.

    • Mike M

      Well, in this area people think in terms of a single party. But there are clues:
      1) “I am running for the House of Delegates to fight for more affordable healthcare, more funding for education and transportation in Northern Virginia, protection of women’s rights, protection from gun violence and to protect the environment,”

      Typical Dem propaganda.

      2) Also, this guy was associated with some real “sanctuary city” activity a few years back and got knocked out of office. So, Dem.

  • Jon May

    Well, if it were a race based on attention to detail I guess it comes down to being a race between O’Reilly and Samirah since neither of the other two candidates can correctly spell the jurisdiction they would represent. Going to Thompson’s website Loudoun is misspelled, and Annan can’t always seem to get the correct spelling of Herndon.

  • JoeInReston

    (slightly altered for brevity) “I am running for the House of Delegates to fight for more funding for transportation in Northern Virginia”

    I would like to see candidates asked to provide more detail on their transportation plans.

    – What do believe the role of a Virginia House of Delegate in transportation is?
    – Which avenues of more funding will you pursue?
    – If you can’t get the votes in the state to finance more transportation for NoVa, what other options would you pursue?
    – Whats your opinion on expanding the use of hot lanes?
    – Whats your opinion on annual increasing of tolls to fund Metro expansion? If you are not in favor, how do you propose to fund the SilverLine expansion?
    – What would you think of hiking tolls on the Greenway so that Loudoun residents pay their fair share?
    – What commuting options do you envision for commuters heading east?

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