Local Commentary

Editorial: News-Press Endorsements

In less than two weeks, election day will be upon us, and while in the City of Falls Church, contention exists involving only one ballot item – the referendum on whether the City’s municipal elections should be held in May or November – everything around the City is in a flurry and, in some cases, downright fanatical frenzy of electoral activity.

All Fairfax County Board of Supervisor and School Board seats at at stake in the election, and there are some hotly-contested state legislative races, too. For Democrats, maintaining their narrow 22-18 majority in the State Senate in Richmond is a top priority, and many of the biggest battles are underway pertaining to that downstate.

There are some major challenges around here, too, but while Republicans are dead serious about trying to take control of the State Senate and extend their majority in the House of Delegates, none of their candidates in this area are of the stature, or political maturity, to warrant their unseating incumbent Democrats. All that taken into account, the News-Press announces its following endorsements in nearby races:

Falls Church Referendum – Yes, to move local elections from May to November. More will be addressed about this next week.

State Senate District 35 (now covering Falls Church) – Incumbent Sen. Dick Saslaw.

State Senate District 31 (formerly covering Falls Church and represented effectively by retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple for two decades) – Arlington County Board member Barbara Favola.

State Senate District 30, also an open seat – Del. Adam Ebbin.

State Senate District 37 – Incumbent Sen. Dave Marsden.

State Senate District 39 – Incumbent Sen. George Barker

State Senate District 32 – Incumbent Sen. Janet Howell.

State House District 53 (covering Falls Church) – Incumbent Del. Jim Scott.

State House District 34 – Pamela Danner.

State House District 38 – Incumbent Del. Kaye Kory.

Fairfax County Board Chair – Incumbent Chair Sharon Bulova.

Fairfax County Mason District Supervisor – Incumbent Penny Gross.

Fairfax County Providence District Supervisor – Incumbent Linda Smyth.

Fairfax County Dranesville District Supervisor – Incumbent John Foust.

Fairfax County Mason District School Board – Incumbent Sandy Evans.

Fairfax County Dranesville District School Board – Incumbent Janie Strauss.

Fairfax County At-Large School Board – Incumbent Ilryong Moon, Ted Velkoff. Ryan McElveen.

Arlington County Commonwealth Attorney (covering Falls Church) – Theo Stamos.

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