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Mount Vernon: Candidates Seek Primary Victory

At forums, four candidates seek to differentiate themselves.

Mount Vernon residents have not experienced such intense political competition to choose a Democratic nominee for an elected local office in a generation.

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Lord and Lady Fairfax at Large

Bulova names Kate Hanley and Lt. Col. John P. McAnaw as Lady and Lord Fairfax at large.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova named Katherine K. Hanley, former board chairman, as this year’s At-Large Lady Fairfax.

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Sully’s Lord and Lady Fairfax

Jerrold L. Foltz and Bonnie L. Hobbs are Lord and Lady Fairfax from Sully District.

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. announced the 2015 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

The Fight for the 45th

Democratic primary candidates vying to replace Delegate Krupicka lay out campaign priorities.

As with most candidates in a primary, the Democrats campaigning to replace Robert Krupicka as delegate for Virginia’s 45th District which includes parts of Alexandria, Arlington and Mount Vernon, don’t vary greatly in their positions on political issues. Where these candidates do vary is their experience and priorities.

Cyber Security Bills Signed in Arlington

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law two cyber security bills (SB1307 and SB919) patroned by Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) on May 6 in Arlington. McAuliffe and Wexton were joined by Sen. George Barker, Del. Tom Rust and members of the recently formed Virginia Cyber Commission.

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Transportation Forum Discusses Options and Obstacles

High Level forum discusses regional transit options and obstacles.

Local, state and federal elected and appointed officials, business leaders, researchers and directors and staff from transportation and economic development agencies gathered on Friday morning, May 8, at the Greensboro Conference Center in he heart of Tysons.

Alexandria: City Council Passes Budget

After two months of City Council work sessions and public hearings, the council voted to approve the budget with little of the debate that had defined previous meetings.

Landrum To Lead Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) named Stephanie Landrum as president and CEO of the organization on Thursday, April 30. Landrum had been serving as acting president and CEO since former President and CEO Val Hawkins stepped down in March. Landrum has worked at AEDP for 10 years and previously served as the organization’s vice president.

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Republican Jane Gandee Enters Mount Vernon Supervisor Race

Focuses on ensuring pro-business climate.

A hundred supporters were on hand April 23 as Mason Neck resident Jane Gandee announced her campaign to replace Gerry Hyland (D) as Mount Vernon representative to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The event took place at the Mount Vernon Government Center.

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Alexandria: Long-Term Budget Plan Lacks Numbers

Long Range Educational Facilities Plan faces scrutiny for budget omissions.

The Long Range Educational Facilities Plan includes extensive information on new enrollment projections for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and a list of proposed changes, additions, and new schools to fight current and projected overcrowding in the school system. What current drafts of the Long Range Educational Facilities Plan don’t include is the price tag.

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Potomac: County Council Honors Local Small Businesses

Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner recognized small businesses in Montgomery County earlier this week.

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A-SPAN is a Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management Finalist

“You are always serving food; tonight I’m feeding you.” Anna Kaminski, volunteer specialist and VISTA volunteer at A-SPAN, offers cheese puffs at Willow Restaurant to Gene and Jean Cross at the A-SPAN quarterly event to thank the volunteers for their support and enthusiasm in reaching out to the street homeless and newly housed.

Alexandria: Mistrial and Missed Trial

Just down the hall from each other, there were major developments in two Alexandria murder trials on April 23.

Alexandria: Mayoral Standoff

First debate in race for mayor focuses on failing infrastructure.

Differences between incumbent Mayor William Euille, current Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg, and former Mayor Kerry Donley emerged during a debate as the three took turns directing blame for Alexandria’s current problems on each of the other two during the first mayoral debate. The debate, held in Douglas MacArthur Elementary School on April 23, primarily focused around issues of parking and city infrastructure.The shifting blame became most apparent during the candidates’ discussions on BRAC-133.

Alexandria: Add/Delete Budget Drama

Council members spar over last minute additions.

A preliminary discussion of the City Council’s Add/Deletes from the budget led to a heated exchange between council members during their April 28 meeting.

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