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Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins to Retire After Term Ends

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 22, 2019 at 11:55 am 14 Comments

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said today (Jan. 22) that she will not seek re-election this year.

The announcement came shortly after 11:30 a.m. during the Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Her planned retirement adds to list of supervisors who have also said they are leaving.

Hudgins, who is nearing the end of her fifth term, was first elected to the board in 1999.

Her colleagues on the board took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to share the news and praise her work.

Chairman Sharon Bulova, who announced her plans to retire in December, tweeted that Hudgins “will be sincerely missed when she retires from the Board at the end of 2019.”

Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity posted — and then deleted — a tweet saying, “At today’s Board meeting, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins has announced that she will not seek re-election. It was a pleasure serving with her and I wish her the best on her future endeavors.” A few minutes later, he wrote, “At today’s Board meeting, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins has announced that she will not seek re-election.”

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who was the chairman before Bulova, tweeted that Hudgins has been a “tireless advocate for the Hunter Mill District,” pointing to her work on affordable housing.

Two Democratic candidates have already joined the race for her seat, Reston Now previously reported.

Shyamali Hauth, a United States Air Force veteran and community advocate, has her campaign focused on transportation, affordable housing, construction practices, budgets, security and education systems. Parker Messick, a recent graduate of Roanoke College, is running on a platform to “stop big development.”

The election for the county’s Board of Supervisors will take place on Nov. 5.

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  • Mike M

    Damage done. Rewards to follow.

  • cRAzy

    All the more reason to delay or kill her lame duck drive to increase Reston PRC density, and she alone is pushing it forward. Why should her successor be stuck with a horrendous and irrevocable zoning decision to increase Reston’s PRC density from 13 to 15 persons per acre? STOP THE PRC DENSITY INCREASE NOW!

    Be at the Planning Commission meeting tomorrow evening, January 23, 7PM, at the Fairfax County Government Center in your YELLOW shirt to represent Restonians in their opposition to this increase that will kill Reston as a planned community.

  • 30yearsinreston

    I wont believe she is gone till we see her out the door
    The results of her disgraceful tenure will be a reminder for ever

  • 30yearsinreston

    Too bad she cant leave earlier
    Today would not be too soon

    She wont be missed except by her cronies

  • Conservative Senior

    Now she can work full time for the developers!

    • 30yearsinreston

      Her track record shows she already has been

  • Bert W

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Cathy.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Good riddance

  • Reston Resident

    Dear Cathy H,

    Thank you for doing more than every other human being on the planet to destroy this once vibrant community. I’m sure you were paid well.

  • Why do you bother?

    HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!

    Ding dong, etc.

  • Greg

    Good riddance. The damage you’ve done, and the Reston and Metro messes on your watch, disgust us.

  • KP’s Army

    I wish kathy had the guts to dish it out with the Restin natives for another decade she wqs such a good vote catcher and always on time with the developers. we will miss her sorely. godess bless

  • Chkitout1

    I think this is a good move for Cathy. I don’t agree with one thing that the Democrats are doing to ruin Reston, however; it is unfair to lay all the blame for this on Cathy. Cathy wasn’t calling the shots, it was the Democrat Fairfax Board of Supervisors who decided to sell Reston out to the developers.

    • Greg

      You need a refresher on how things are done in these parts. Hudgins owns all of it. Her arrogance toward her constituents (especially those of us who pay taxes) alone is damning evidence.


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