Loudoun County supervisors decided in July to depart from the custom of two bond questions -- one for schools and one for other projects -- and instead ask voters about each of nine planned construction projects.
Parents and some public officials worried publicly that the change might doom projects in some areas of the county.
Those fears proved unfounded Tuesday, when voters overwhelmingly approved all nine, authorizing the county to take on $188 million in debt to build a fire-rescue station and five schools and to renovate three schools.
All nine projects drew at least 60 percent approval. The most controversial of the measures -- $63.5 million to build a second high school in western Loudoun -- passed with 67 percent in favor.
"I think what the people of Loudoun County said is what they've been saying for years: We are one county," said Schools Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III. "The children are our children, no matter where they live, and we want to have excellent school facilities for all of Loudoun's children."
Supervisor Lori L. Waters (R-Broad Run), who called for the separate bond questions, agreed.
"I'm not surprised that all of them passed," she said. "Education is a very high priority for voters in Loudoun County."
School bond measures have now passed in Loudoun for 14 consecutive years.
The county has built 38 schools since Hatrick became superintendent in 1991. It has also renovated 15 of the 30 schools that were open when he took over.
"They serve a good purpose, and the children who attend them are entitled to the same amenities as those in our new schools," Hatrick said.
Opposition came almost exclusively from the northern and western parts of the county. Middleburg and St. Louis precincts voted against six of the nine projects -- approving only those west of Leesburg -- and Philomont, Between the Hills and Aldie precincts voted down five.
Waters said she hoped the school system would choose a site other than the proposed Fields Farm in Purcellville to build the western Loudoun school.
"We want to make sure that it's in the right spot, that it won't have future financial consequences for the county -- whether it's transportation or utility costs -- that will come back to haunt us," she said.
In other races on Tuesday's ballot in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, Democrat C. Chuck Caputo captured a Republican stronghold, while two GOP incumbents easily won reelection in contested races.
Caputo collected 56 percent of the vote in the 67th District. Chris S. Craddock (R) took 41 percent, and Libertarian Chuck J. Eby had 3 percent.
The 67th District is primarily in Fairfax County, and it was the only Fairfax district that President Bush won last year, but it includes one Loudoun precinct, Little River, and Caputo beat Craddock there by 2 percentage points.
"I was not an unknown person running in that precinct," said Caputo, whose daughter, Kathy Worek, lives in the Little River precinct. "I've known that area for nine years. I have a strong sense of the needs of the South Riding community."
In the traditionally Republican 13th District, Del. Robert G. "Bob" Marshall (R) beat Bruce E. Roemmelt (D), 56 percent to 44 percent. Roemmelt edged Marshall in Loudoun, but Marshall routed his opponent in Prince William County.
Analysts predicted that the vote would depend on whether transportation or social issues were more important to voters. Marshall, a vocal opponent of abortion, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research, attributed his win to both issues.
Voters "are annoyed about traffic. They trusted that I would do something about it and I did. I also got minority and couple votes because of same-sex marriage," Marshall said Wednesday.
In the 88th District, which includes part of Fauquier County, Del. Mark L. Cole (R) beat C.A. "Chuck" Feldbush (D) by 25 percentage points.
"You've got to take care of your constituency through the year," Cole said.
Four other Republican delegates won reelection unopposed: C.L. "Clay" Athey Jr. in the 18th District, L. Scott Lingamfelter in the 31st District, Joe T. May in the 33rd District and Thomas Davis Rust in the 86th District.
In Fauquier, School Board member Raymond E. "Duke" Bland, who was appointed to an unexpired term in January, was elected unopposed to fill out the two years remaining.
Staff writer Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.