An article in Thursday's Metro section incorrectly listed two former political candidates as independents. Franklin S. Holland Jr. lost a June 9 primary to run as the Democratic nominee for the Dranesville District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Joyce Sutcliffe lost the Republican primary to run for 32nd District of the Virginia Senate. (Published 7/18/87)
Fairfax County Board Chairman John F. Herrity, in a tight contest for reelection to a fourth term, has spent more than four times as much money as challenger Audrey Moore, with nearly four months before votes are cast in what promises to be the most expensive local race in Virginia history.
In documents filed yesterday with the Fairfax County Electoral Board, Herrity's campaign reported it has spent about $111,000, including $22,000 for early radio advertising. The Republican incumbent has raised about $145,000.
Campaign officials for Moore -- a four-term Democratic supervisor from the Annandale District -- reported they have spent about $27,000 of the $65,000 raised thus far, according to the disclosure statements.
The documents, required under state law for all Virginia candidates, reflected broad differences in the contributions Herrity and Moore are attracting in a contest that is widely viewed as a referendum on the rapid growth that has transformed Fairfax in recent years.
Moore, a consistent advocate of slower growth, has received money from 1,106 contributors -- about 150 more than Herrity -- although he has raised $80,000 more than she has.
Moore has said she is running a grass-roots campaign, depending on large numbers of small donations to counter the support that Herrity, an ardent supporter of Fairfax's mostly successful efforts to bolster its tax base through business growth, will win from wealthy contributors.
Tom Herrity, the incumbent's son and campaign manager, said Herrity's lead in contributions is "characteristic of a healthy campaign."
This year's race for the chairmanship, which already has outstripped the spending in previous races, is proving expensive because of the intensity of the race and the expectation that both candidates will want to advertise on Washington television stations, an unprecedented tactic in Fairfax campaigns.
Though Herrity has far outpaced Moore in money raised, in yesterday's forms she had about $3,000 more in her war chest.
Moore's campaign officials and other county Democrats said Herrity's spending this early in the campaign is winning him little support among an electorate that so far is paying little attention to the Nov. 3 elections. By waiting until after Labor Day to begin campaign mailings and advertising, these supporters said, Moore should find her smaller fund will be as effective as Herrity's.
The chairman's race also includes two independents. Jim Morris of Herndon has spent about $32,000, which he has paid for entirely through loans, according to the disclosure documents. Robert T. Robarge of Centreville has neither raised nor spent any money, his financial forms stated.
In other major Northern Virginia contests, disclosure documents stated: Democratic Sen. Clive L. DuVal 2d has raised about $56,000 and spent about $26,000 in his reelection bid in the 32nd District. Republican challenger Bobbie Kilberg, a lawyer and former White House aide, has raised about $69,000 and spent about $56,000. Independent Joyce Sutcliffe has raised about $11,000 and spent about $12,000. Republican Nancy K. Falck, seeking reelection to the Dranesville District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, has raised about $37,000 and spent about $25,000. Democratic challenger Lilla Richards has raised about $21,000 and spent about $12,000. Independent Bob Thoburn has spent about $390 of a $500 loan. Independent Franklin S. Holland Jr. has raised and spent about $490. Prince William County Supervisor Tony Guiffre, a Gainesville District Republican, has raised about $3,500 and spent about $4,600. Democratic challenger Robert L. Cole has raised about $3,800 and spent about $3,400. Staff writer Pierre Thomas contributed to this report.