Fairfax County supervisor McKay formally launches reelection campaign Saturday
By Fredrick Kunkle,
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member Jeff McKay (D-Lee) will formally launch his campaign for a second term with a fundraiser Saturday afternoon.
McKay, 35, who served as the chief of staff for former supervisor T. Dana Kauffman until Kauffman retired, said his innovative approach to governance has helped lead the county and his district accomplish significant achievements despite one of the worst recessions in generations. These achievements include approving a budget that protected needed services and programs while reducing expenses and largely shielding taxpayers from paying more, McKay said.
“For the past 3 1/2 years, I’ve been putting square pegs in round holes so that the average person in Lee District wouldn’t even know they’re in the middle of the downturn we’re in,” McKay said.
McKay also said he was proud of his work in re-planning and re-zoning Springfield Mall, helping to find the means to renovate the Richard Byrd Library, and working to establish an aquatic park in Lee District Park to serve able-bodied children and children with disabilities. The aquatic park was put together with funds approved by voters for the Fairfax County Parks Authority, private donations and proceeds from the Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund. The fund was created in the name of a 6-year-old developmentally disabled boy who drowned because the swimming facility was not equipped to deal with children with special needs, McKay said. “It’s small, but I’m proud of it,” he said.
All nine members representing the county’s magisterial districts are up for election, as is the county chair.
So far, no one has stepped forward to run against McKay, and the deadline to file has been moved back to allow for redistricting, so there is plenty of time for someone to step forward.
The field of announced candidates against sitting board members now includes Michael J. “Spike Williams, a Republican from Herndon who said Thursday that he will oppose chairman Sharon S. Bulova (D). Marc Greidinger, a lawyer in the Braddock District, said he plans to seek the seat held by Supervisor John Cook (R). Dennis D. Husch, 64, a former Republican councilman and vice mayor in the town of Herndon, has said he will run against Dranesville District Supervisor John W. Foust, 59, a Democrat elected in November 2007.