New candidates have entered the Fairfax County, Providence, and Hunter Mill Board of Supervisors races since we last wrote about them. Here's a rundown of who else has tossed their hat into the ring.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors race
Alicia Plerhoples, Georgetown Law Professor
Democrat Alicia Plerhoples is a lawyer and law professor at Georgetown who was actually running for an at-large seat on the Fairfax County School Board earlier this year but decided to change her campaign to focus on the Board of Supervisors. Plerhoples is the only woman in the Board of Supervisors race and the only person of color.
Her campaign website states that she is heavily focused on affordable housing. She writes, “As a child, I experienced housing instability and food insecurity, just as many hardworking families do today in Fairfax County” and that she is committed to “investing in affordable and workforce housing, universal preschool, and economic growth that addresses the existential threat of climate change.”
This is Plerhoples’ first campaign for county-wide office. She is currently part of the McLean Community Center board, serves as PTA president, is member of the local NAACP, and is on the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Human Resources Advisory Committee.
She writes on her campaign site that her experience as an attorney includes aspects of urbanist issues, including land use, small businesses, real estate development, and social services. She also signed a letter last October, along with more than 2,500 other law professors, urging the US Senate to not confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
Plerhoples was recently on the Reston Impact show to talk to host John Lovaas about numerous topics, including why she decided to change her campaign focus.
“I looked around and I looked at this slate of candidates and I didn’t see anybody I would vote for,” she said. ”I didn’t see them talking about the issues I care about most, affordability of Fairfax County, affordable housing, early childhood education, and economic growth that addresses climate change.”
Plerhoples recently earned the endorsement of Phyllis Randall, Chair (at-large) of the Loudoun County Board.
ENDORSEMENT ALERT: We are excited to announce the endorsement of Alicia’s campaign for Chairman by Phyllis Randall, Chair At Large of Loudoun County! Imagine the regional approach we could execute together! @PRandallcares pic.twitter.com/p9dQNnCeYi— Alicia Plerhoples (@aplerhoples) April 2, 2019
How is everyone else shaping up in the Fairfax County BOS race?
Jeff McKay recently won a county-wide straw poll and has several high profile endorsements, such as Sharon Bulova, current Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and Representative Gerry Connolly of the 11th District, who also used to be Chairman.
Ryan McElveen is running a lively campaign, judging by his Twitter account. He recently debuted the hashtag #NoHairForChair, and put his likeness on stickers and t-shirts.
Providence Board of Supervisors Race
Linh Hoang is the newcomer to the race for the seat in Providence District. He’ll be the fifth democrat running for the nomination in June’s primary. Linh was born in Vietnam and moved to the USA as a child.
Highlighting his work with various political and charitable causes in the area, Linh cites a need for more public transportation, walkable communities, and bike lanes within the district and the county at large.
Hunter Mill Board of Supervisors Race
Two new candidates have entered the Hunter Mill race since our initial recap.
First up is Walter Alcorn. A former county planning commissioner Alcorn is highlighting his experience working for the county as a reason to vote for him.
But on planning, Alcorn advocates for keeping current density levels in Reston’s village centers where they are to prevent “high density” and calls for a discussion how many people should eventually live in Reston a la a population cap. But his website also calls for more opportunities where “driving a car is an option but not a requirement.”
Alcorn also enjoys big endorsements from retiring Board Chair Sharon Bulova and Congressman Gerry Conolly.
The other candidate is Maggie Parker. She's currently an executive with Comstock, a major developer in Reston that's currently building around the area’s metro stations. This is notable in a race that might feature many candidates all skeptical of development happening within the district.
Parker also highlights her involvement with the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes highway widening across the region including plans for an outer beltway.
In March, we sent a questionnaire to all four candidates. We look forward to sharing their responses with you soon.