Chapman rolled up 54 percent of the 49,000 votes cast, particularly impressive in a race with three candidates, including a four-term incumbent (who won 36 percent) and the biggest spender in the race, former shooting victim and groin photo enthusiast Ron Speakman, who tallied 10 percent.
In Fairfax, a late charge by former sheriff’s lieutenant Bill Cooper was not enough to topple Democrat Stan Barry, who posted a 54-46 victory. Cooper and the Fairfax Republicans mounted an attack on Barry’s entry into the county retirement system in late September, and it simply may not have had the time to create enough unrest or confusion to unseat the three-term incumbent. Or people may just like Barry, who by all accounts has managed the jail and the sheriff’s office well through tough fiscal times.
In the only contested prosecutor’s race in NoVa Tuesday, also in Loudoun, Republican Jim Plowman defeated Democrat Jennifer Wexton, 52 to 48 percent, to win a third term as commonwealth’s attorney.