John Fox Sullivan wins reelection as mayor of ‘little’ Washington

John Fox Sullivan, shown here at a pre-speech State of the Union reception held at the Library of Congress in 2012, won re-election as mayor of Washington, Va. (Photo by Rebecca D'Angelo/For the Washington Post)
John Fox Sullivan, shown here at a pre-speech State of the Union reception held at the Library of Congress in 2012, won reelection as mayor of Washington, Va. (Rebecca D’Angelo/For the Washington Post)

Four more years! Four more years! On Tuesday, John Fox Sullivan, Atlantic Media’s publisher-at-large, won reelection as mayor of Washington, Va., the hamlet best known for being the home of the Inn at Little Washington.

Sullivan, who spent decades covering politics but these days spends far more time in “little” Washington than he does in the bigger one, had margins any candidate would envy, getting 28 of the 29 votes cast.

He says the biggest challenge of his job as Hizzoner of the 135-citizen town has been encouraging its economic growth while maintaining its quaint small-town charm. An easier task? Helping pals from the city score coveted reservations at the Inn, owned by his close friend Patrick O’Connell (who won another term to the town council in the Tuesday election, too). “That seems to be one of my major jobs,” Sullivan adds.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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