2024-06-18 7:54 AM

Connelly, Snyder, Oliver, Sze Win Seats on F.C. City Council

JUBILATION ABOUNDED at Clare and Don’s Beach Shack in Falls Church tonight, celebrating the victory of Marybeth Connelly (center) in today’s F.C. City Council election. Connelly, running for public office for the first time, was the highest vote getter of any of the five candidates in the election. (Photo: News-Press)

The results in from the City of Falls Church’s three wards, four candidates out of five won seats on the F.C. City Council tonight. In the order of total votes received, Marybeth Connelly, David Snyder, Karen Oliver and Dan Sze were winners, and Robert LaJeunesse failed to capture a seat. In the other contested matter on the local F.C. ballot, a referendum to approve the sale of the Falls Church water system to Fairfax County was approved by an overwhelming margin, with 87.4 percent voting “yes.”

BACK FOR ANOTHER four years, Dan Sze (left) was elected to the Falls Church City Council today, and is shown here with former Council member colleague Hal Lippman in a reflective moment during the victory party at the Sfizi Restaurant in F.C. tonight. Also there was Delegate-elect Marcus Simon, who left early to squeeze his way into the McAuliffe victory party out in Tysons Corner tonight. (Photo: News-Press)

A surprise was that Connelly received the highest vote total, at 3,515 votes (results still unofficial), supplanting Snyder who has historically won that position since first running in 1994. Connelly, Oliver and LaJeunesse were all running for public office for the first time, while Snyder won his sixth term on the Council and Sze returns to the Council after one term from 2006-2010, not seeking re-election in 2010.

Unofficial voter turnout was 54.6 percent of registered voters in the City, up by five percentage points from the last gubernatorial election in 2009.

The statewide Democratic slate of McAuliffe for governor, Northam for lieutenant governor and Herring for attorney general also carried Falls Church’s three wards by wide margins. Running for the first time to replace Del. Jim Scott as the delegate from the 53rd district of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, Marcus Simon also won handily in the City.


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