At a campaign kick-off event held on Saturday, March 28, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) announced that he will run for a third term to represent the Dranesville District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Foust was elected to the Board in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
The event was held at the home of Supervisor Foust and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Jerome and was attended by over 100 supporters including several state and local elected officials.
In his remarks, Foust said he intended to “run on my record as a civic leader with many years of community service and as a Supervisor who has demonstrated that he listens to his constituents, advocates effectively for them, and delivers results.” He said, “I believe a fundamental responsibility of any elected official is to provide outstanding services to his or her constituents, and I am proud of the reputation my staff and I have earned for the excellent services we provide.”
Foust said during his first two terms, “I delivered projects that improved public safety, helped reduce congestion, mitigated the impact of major transportation projects on established neighborhoods, and generally improved the quality of life for Dranesville residents.”
Foust listed several projects that he helped deliver including Phase I of the Dulles Rail project, expansion of full-day kindergarten to all elementary schools in the county, the new fire station in Great Falls, a new gymnasium at Spring Hill RECenter, utility undergrounding in downtown McLean, several new synthetic turf fields including the stadium fields at Herndon, Langley and McLean high schools, accessibility improvements to the historic Great Falls Grange, a major renovation and expansion at the Dolley Madison library, sound walls along the HOT Lanes and Dulles Rail projects, and dozens of trail and sidewalk improvements to make it easier and safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to access schools and the new Metro stations.
Foust also pointed to the work he is doing to diversify the tax base and improve the county’s economy after the challenges caused by the Great Recession and significant cuts to spending on federal contracts. He said, “As Chairman of the Economic Advisory Commission, I led the effort to develop a strategic plan for the economic success of Fairfax County. I am now working with the county and its partners on implementation of that plan to achieve diversification of our economy and development of the workforce needed to compete in the knowledge based economy of the 21st century.”
If re-elected, Foust said he would work to continue to strengthen, diversify and grow the local economy, further the progress he has made on advancing the Route 7 widening project, ensure Phase II of the Dulles Rail project is completed, work with Maryland and the federal government to improve capacity on the American Legion bridge, and ensure that the county continues to invest in a quality education system.
Foust is the Democratic candidate. The election is Nov. 3, 2015. More information regarding his campaign is available at www.FoustforSupervisor.com.