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In Va. Governor's Race, Spotlight on Taxes Again

Board Chairman Sean T. Connaughton (R), who is running for lieutenant governor, is pleased to highlight this accomplishment.

"I don't think everyone else has that kind of commitment to providing tax relief," he said.

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Either way, it is too early to tell whether the anti-tax appeals will motivate state voters in the Nov. 8 election as they did in 1997, when Gilmore's pledge to cut the state's car tax was credited with his victory.

Anti-tax appeals do not guarantee political success.

In the 2003 races for the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, four candidates campaigned on a promise to limit homeowners' tax bills to a 5 percent annual increase.

Every one of them lost.

Afterward, some anti-tax leaders described voters in Fairfax County as less sensitive to tax increases than voters elsewhere.

But to the winners in those contests, including Board of County Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D), the vote underscored their view that voters will pay for government services they believe are worthwhile and reject indiscriminate tax-cutters at the polls.

"All of them drank the Kool-Aid, and all of them fell down together," Connolly said. "It truly was a referendum on which approach to take, and people didn't want to see their services cut."


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