In a night when Republicans stayed in control of Virginia’s state government, Fairfax County voters largely elected Democrats, many of them incumbents, on Nov. 3.
Sharon Bulova was reelected as Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, announcing that Republican challenger Arthur Purves had called her to concede the race about an hour before her 10:00 p.m. announcement.
Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid were among the incumbents who kept their positions despite being in contentious races. Foust beat IBM executive Jennifer Chronis by fewer than 3,000 votes, while Kincaid pulled away from opponent Bryan Wolfe with 58 percent of the vote, according to the most recent returns from the Fairfax County Office of Elections.
In the House of Delegate’s 86th District, Democratic newcomer Jennifer B. Boysco won Republican Tom Rust’s former delegate seat with a nearly 55 percent majority.
“It looks like we have victories in all the right places,” Bulova told a crowd of supporters at a Fairfax Democrats results party at the Waterford in Fair Oaks in Fairfax. She added that she was glad to see a Democratic majority on the Board of Supervisors.
In addition to Bulova and Foust, the new Board of Supervisors will include Republican incumbent John Cook for the Braddock District and Springfield District incumbent Patrick Herrity. Kathy Smith narrowly beat John P. Guevara for the Sully District seat, which was vacated after six-terms by Republican Michael Frey, and Democrat Daniel Storck will replace Gerald Hyland as Mount Vernon District Supervisor, winning over Jane Gandee by under 3,000 votes. Lee District Supervisor Jeffrey McKay and Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth both return after running unopposed.
Republicans won clerk of court as incumbent John T. Frey edged out challengers Bettina Lawton and Marisa R. Wissar. They also got a victory on the Fairfax County school board at-large with newcomer Jeanette Hough pushing out Ted Velkoff, who had been a member of the board since 2012.
Democrats Ilryong Moon and Ryan McElveen were reelected to the school board at-large. Moon, McElveen and Hough all garnered more than 80,000 votes.
Despite facing controversy over the death of Fairfax County jail inmate Natasha McKenna, Kincaid said that she was proud of how the sheriff’s office race went, calling it “clean.” When asked if she was ever nervous, she gave a definitive “no” but added that she doesn’t take anything for granted.
“I think voters understand what it is that we’re trying to do and the initiatives that are very important to the race, which are health reform, inmate reentry, staff training,” Kincaid said. “I want to thank [my supporters] for their confidence and their continued support. It’s a privilege to serve them.”
All election results are unofficial until certified by the State Board of Elections.