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by Karen Goff November 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm 0

Terry McAuliffe Speaks in Arlington/Photo by Arlnow.comFairfax County helped boost Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe to a narrow victory over Republican Ken Cuccinelli Tuesday in the race for Virginia’s governor.

Cuccinelli led McAuliffe as returns started coming in when the polls closed at 7 p.m.. However, after votes from Fairfax — which helped Virginia elect President Obama in 2008 and 2012 — were counted around 10 p.m. McAuliffe was projected the winner with 47.4 percent of the vote to Cuccinelli’s 46. Independent Robert Sarvis earned 6.6 percent of the vote, according to the Virginia Board of Elections. Cuccinelli conceded the race about 10:30 p.m.

In Fairfax, McAuliffe earned 58 percent of the votes, Cuccinelli, 36 percent and Sarvis, 5 percent.

Democrat Ralph Northam easily defeated E.W. Jackson (R) for Lt. Governor, but the race for Attorney General was too close to call as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Republican Mark Obenshain was leading Mark Herring (D) by less than a point. (50.2 to 49.5).

Longtime Virginia Del. Ken Plum of Reston ran uncontested and was re-elected to represent the 36th District in the Virginia House. Plum, who served from 1978-80 and constantly since 1982, is the longest-serving current Virginia delegate.

Democratic Sheriff candidate Stacey Kincaid defeated Bryan Wolfe and to become Fairfax County’s first woman sheriff. The Fairfax County Public Schools’ $250 million bond issue also easily passed. Several Reston schools are on the list for improvements with the money from the bond issue.

For complete results, visit the Virginia Board of Elections website.

by Karen Goff November 5, 2013 at 10:45 am 0

Reston Election DayRestonians steadily went to the polls Tuesday to elect a new Virginia governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Locally, Fairfax County Sheriff, state delegate and a FCPS bond issue were also on the ballot.

But it was the race for governor that drew many voters out to vote, they said. Turnout was about average for a non-Presidential year, poll workers said. As of 8:45 a.m., South Lakes High School had 479 voters. Reston Community Center Hunters Woods had 397 by 9 a.m., about 10 percent of the precinct. Voters at various polling spots reported little to no waiting.

At RCC Hunters Woods, there were a variety of opinions on the candidates.

“I voted for Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam and Mark Herring,” said David Burns of Reston, who says he usually votes the Democratic ticket.

Ellen Graves, a longtime Restonian who is active in many civic causes, including the Reston Association Board of Directors, had more to say on supporting the Democratic candidate.

“I want a governor who is not in my bedroom,” she said. “[McAullife] appreciates and recognizes women. He has a business background and understands what people are going through economically.”

Nearby, John Schwarzman of Reston worked the volunteer table for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

“I think he has a lot of integrity,” said Schwarzman. “I like what he has done for Virginia [as attorney general]. He was one of the first  to go after Obamacare, which I don’t like.

Ron Weber, a retired civil engineer who has worked at the city, state and federal level, said he is disappointed in both McAullife and Cuccinelli and was casting his vote for Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

“McAuliffe is just a bull[expletive],” he said. ” “Cuccinelli is too far to the right. I think a lot of people feel that way. I wish [Lieutenant Governor Bill] Bolling would have run. He was the right man.”

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. Check Reston Now on Wednesday to see how Reston voted.

by Karen Goff November 4, 2013 at 10:45 am 0

Election Day/file photoTuesday is Election Day, and Virginia voters will go to the polls to elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, sheriff and state delegate. Voters in Fairfax County will also vote Yes or No on a $250 million school bond issue.

With Terry McAuliffe leading in the polls, will voters return a Democrat to the Governors Mansion in Richmond? Or will Virginia Attorney Ken Cuccinelli head the commonwealth?

And what impact will Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who has been polling with about 10 percent, have on the outcome of the governor’s race?

In Reston, longtime Virginia Del. Ken Plum (D-36th) is running unopposed. In the nearby 86th District, newcomer Jennifer Boysko (D) is taking on incumbent Republican Tom Rust.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more Election Day details, visit the Virginia Board of Elections website.

Here is a quick guide to the candidates.

Governor

Terry R. McAuliffe (D)
Ken T. Cuccinelli II (R)
Robert C. Sarvis (L)

Lieutenant Governor

Ralph S. Northam  (D)
E.W. Jackson (R)

Attorney General

Mark R. Herring (D)
Mark D. Obenshain  (R)

Fairfax County Sheriff

Stacey Kincaid
Bryan Wolfe
Christopher DeCarlo
Robert Rivera

State Delegate

36th District

Ken Plum (D) – incumbent running unopposed

86th District 

Tom Rust (R) – incumbent
Jennifer Boysko (D)

 

by Karen Goff November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

South Lakes High School A big issue on the ballot for Fairfax County voters on Tuesday is a $250 million bond referendum to improve Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

The 2013 school bond referendum, which was proposed by the FCPS School Board last May, includes $42 million for new construction, $8.2 million for school expansion, and $276 million for school renovations.

More than $20 million of those improvement and expansion dollars will have an impact in Reston. Three schools set to benefit from the bond:  South Lakes High School ($1 million expansion); Terraset ES ($20 million renovation); and Herndon High School ($4 million renovation).

Complete list of planned bond issue spending on FCPS’ website.

Overall, more than $24 million is included for schools’ infrastructure management, including roof replacements, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, athletic infrastructure, security enhancements, asphalt paving, technology upgrades, and upgrades required by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), FCPS said in a news release.

The 2013 bond referendum also includes $10 million for site acquisition costs for a new high school in the southwest part of the county. In addition, unspent proceeds from prior bond issues have reduced costs for this bond by $109 million, FCPS said.

See what the bond issue will say before you hit the polls on FCPS’ website.

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