Jeanette Hough, who had been endorsed by the Republican Party, resigned from her position as an at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board as of June 1 [“Hough resigns from her at-large seat on Fairfax County School Board,” May 31, Metro]. Had she waited about a week to resign, the vacancy would have been filled at the time of our general election in November. Rather than choosing to save the county more than $250,000 for a special election, she chose not to wait. This seemingly partisan decision was probably made with the hope of a very low turnout of voters. The move is typical of many Republicans who will do anything to lower turnouts in elections, whether it be curtailing absentee voting, claiming falsely that there is fraud at the polls or this very expensive resignation gimmick to cause a third countywide election in the same year.
Robert T. Mansker, Falls Church