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Democrat withdraws from 10th District race

Richard Bolger, an attorney seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, announced Friday that he is suspending his campaign and throwing his support behind Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust.

“At this point, it has become clear to me that John Foust is our strongest choice with the best chance of helping our party win this seat and change the direction of Congress,” he said in a released statement.

Bolger said he will continue to be active in the community.

David Wroblewski, a former Marine Corps captain from Winchester, and Sam Kubba, an architect from Leesburg, are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Democrats in the 10th District plan to use a convention to select the nominee.

Foust raised more than $200,000 by the end of December — the most recent campaign finance reports available — after launching his campaign Dec. 11. This is about twice what Bolger was able to raise, despite starting his campaign earlier.

Kubba raised about $400 during that period. Wroblewski has not filed a campaign finance disclosure to date, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The 10th District seat, held by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) for more than three decades, is now considered a toss-up because Wolf is not seeking reelection this fall.

Water taste may be affected by spring water treatment procedures

Fairfax Water is advising customers that it has started flushing the water system by opening fire hydrants in a portion of its service area. The process will continue through June.

During this flushing period, Fairfax Water uses a different type of water treatment that may affect the taste of the water. Most of the year, the water is treated with chloramines, also known as combined chlorine. During the spring flushing, uncombined or “free” chlorine is added, which reacts with the sediments suspended during flushing.

Customers may also notice sediment or temporary discoloration of the water, which is not harmful and should clear up quickly, according to Fairfax Water.

The utility advises customers that keeping an open container of water in the refrigerator allows chlorine to dissipate and can improve taste.

The former Falls Church water service area, served by the Washington Aqueduct, will be flushed from now through April 30. Flushing in the rest of the system will take place between April 1 and June 30.

Fairfax Water employees opening fire hydrants will be driving marked vehicles and dressed in Fairfax Water uniforms. Anyone with questions about the work taking place in their area can call 703-698-5613.

Public invited to comment on Baron Cameron Park master plan

The Fairfax County Park Authority is soliciting public comment on draft master plan revision for Baron Cameron Park. Proposed changes include upgrading the athletic fields, relocating the dog park, expanding parking, adding restrooms and a picnic area and creating a trail network through the park that connects with other area trails.

The Park Authority is also continuing its discussions with the Reston Association about possibly building a new recreation center at the park.

Park Authority representatives will present the draft master plan revision at a public comment meeting March 27 at 7 p.m. at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School, 11375 Center Harbor Road, in Reston. Residents can continue to submit comments on the proposal for 30 days following the meeting.

To sign up to speak at the meeting, contact the Public Information Office at 703-324-8662 or Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Speakers can also sign up at the meeting.

To provide written comments on the draft master plan revision or to submit questions on the plan, email Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov. Comments may also be mailed to: Jay Rauschenbach, project manager, Fairfax County Park Authority, Planning and Development Division, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 406, Fairfax, VA 22035.