Posted: Friday, July 16 by Antonio Olivo, washingtonpost.com
With less than three months before the November elections for Fairfax County supervisors, two-term incumbent John Foust is facing a tough challenge in his Dranesville District, new campaign disclosure reports show.
Since January, Republican Jennifer Chronis has edged out Foust in total cash contributions in the wealthy district that includes McLean and Great Falls, $132,331 to $111,986, the reports show.
Chronis, running in her first-ever election, has nearly twice as much in her coffers as Foust, $92,427 to $53,709.
“Voters are upset that they’ve seen an average 17 percent increase in their property taxes over the last few years,” said Chronis, who is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. “We’re hearing that there is really a desire for new leadership and a fresh perspective in Fairfax County.”
Foust, who last November lost a bid for Congress, said he’s not worried about his chances for a third term.
“I think that, with 20 years of distinguished community service and eight years with an impressive track record on the Board of Supervisors, that’s what’s going to win this election,” he said. “I certainly know that I can raise more money than I have over the next coming months and I’ll raise as much as I need in order to get my record out to the voters.”
The Dranesville race is among several supervisoral elections in Fairfax County that are expected to be close, though some show candidates outpacing their opponents in donations.
In the Sully District race to replace retiring Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully,) Republican John Guevara leads Democrat Kathy Smith in funds raised.
Since May, Guevara has collected $21,147 in cash contributions, compared to Smith’s $7,425, reports show.
Smith, a long-time school board member representing the Sully District, still has twice as much money in her coffers after Guevara spent much of his money to win a hard-fought Republican nomination in April.
As of the start of the month, Smith had a balance of $25,000 compared to $13,360 for Guevara, their reports show.
In the Mount Vernon district — where Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) is also retiring — School Board member Dan Storck, a Democrat, has less cash than his Republican opponent, Jane Gandee.
Storck, who won the Democratic nomination last month, has raised $7,050 since May, and has a balance of $5,925.
Gandee, vice president of the board for the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce, collected $8,573 in cash contributions since May and has an ending balance of $20,787.
In the Braddock District, Republican incumbent John Cook (R-Braddock) raised $20,605 since May and has a total balance of $83,470, his report shows.
Democratic challenger Janet Oleszek, a former county school board member, gathered $4,024 since May and has a total balance of $4,854.