Democrat Smyth Beats Challenger; Herrity Victorious

By Sandhya Somashekhar
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth, who deflected criticism over her support of high-density development around transit stations, appeared to clinch a second term yesterday as part of a flurry of primary elections across Northern Virginia.

Also in Fairfax, Republican Pat S. Herrity triumphed over Stan L. Reid, becoming the GOP nominee to replace retiring Supervisor Elaine N. McConnell (R) in the Springfield District. Herrity is the son of John F. "Jack" Herrity, a longtime Board of Supervisors chairman who died last year. He will face Democrat Mike McClanahan in November.

Smyth, a Democrat who represents the Providence District, prevailed over Charles W. Hall, a former journalist who led a grass-roots campaign of residents opposed to high-density projects in the district. No challenger has filed against Smyth in the Nov. 6 election.

Smyth and Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D), an important political ally, have defended their promotion of transit-oriented development as a way to combat traffic congestion and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Smyth said her victory showed that the electorate by and large supported her policy decisions over the past four years.

"A lot of it was a matter of all the work that I've been doing for the last four years," Smyth said last night.

In another closely watched Northern Virginia race, Republican voters overwhelmingly chose lawyer Jill Holtzman Vogel over restaurateur Mark D. Tate in the 27th Senate District. Holtzman Vogel, Democrat Karen Schultz and independent Donald Marro will face off this fall to replace retiring state Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester) in a district that includes part of Loudoun County.

Holtzman Vogel said last night that her general election campaign will begin immediately. "There will be no breaks," she said. "This is a real race. I have a worthy opponent, and we're going to work very hard to maintain the momentum we have in this race."

Tate, who lost in a primary to Potts four years ago, foundered in the wake of allegations of misconduct. He was indicted three weeks ago on two counts of election fraud and nine counts of perjury in connection with his campaign finance reports. He is scheduled to appear in court June 25.

Voters chose Democratic nominees in three other legislative races in the region. George L. Barker prevailed over Gregory J. Galligan and will take on Republican Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien Jr. this fall in the 39th District, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties.

In the 34th House District, in western Fairfax, where Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr. (R) is retiring, R.C. "Rip" Sullivan lost to Margaret G. Vanderhye, who goes on to face Republican Dave Hunt.

And in the 40th House District, in western Fairfax, Rex A. Simmons handily prevailed over Morris A. Meyer IV and in the fall will confront Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax).

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