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GOP's Spike Williams Says County Needs Chairman with Business Experience

Candidate says Fairfax County's tax money is being misspent

How do you get a name like “Spike” without doing something that makes you ineligible to vote, much less run for office? For Michael “Spike” Williams, Republican candidate for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, his nickname was just about finding work.

In 1992, Williams applied to work at a bar in Fairfax. The manager told him he better not be named “Mike,” because there were already eight other “Mike”’s working there.  

“Well, what about Spike?” Williams said, and was hired. He later met his wife at the bar, and since she never knew him as by any other name, the name stuck.

With his bartending day long behind him, Williams now works as both a project manager at Orange Business Services, a French telecommunications company; and as a realtor at Williams Realty, which he runs with his wife. This business experience is central to his campaign for the chairman’s seat.

“Spike’s a businessman,” said John T. Frey, the Republican Clerk of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. “He’s had to make payroll.”

Williams says he’d bring the long-term strategic vision to county government that his opponent, incumbent Democrat , lacks. According to Williams, Bulova only focuses on getting through each year, while he would look further ahead for the county.

“We’ve been a great county and we’ve improved our quality of life here year after year but I think what we’re seeing is a diminishing return,” Williams said.

Williams criticizes what he sees as a county budget bloated by years of Democratic control. 

“The Democratic-controlled Board of Supervisors just has this basic idea that they can solve everyone’s problem through government,” Williams said.

Raised by a single mother who received government assistance, Williams says he understands that some government aid is helpful. 

But he criticizes a county affordable housing program meant to provide affordable housing for county employees like teachers and firefighters who could not normally pay enough to live in the county. Williams says the policy has stopped serving the people it was intended to.

“[Supervisors] warp it into something that becomes an entitlement program,” he said.

Williams against Bulova, who had more than $170,000 more than Williams at the end of June. But Williams says he doesn’t plan on competing with Bulova on campaign donations.

When he’s not campaigning, Williams spends time with his wife Julie, 13-year-old daughter Nora, and their pet dog, a bichon frise. Williams also helped his wife raise two stepsons.

“My boys are grown, so it’s me and two girls here for the most part, so I’m kind of outnumbered on dog selection,” Williams said. “No Dobermans or anything.”

Linda Bartlett August 19, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Sharon Bulova's entire professional experience consists of spending other people's money at the direction of Gerry Connolly with the idea that it is unending and ever growing. As we are seeing daily those presumptions are false and that is why it is imperative for the future of Fairfax County and in some measure the viability of the Commonwealth for Ms Bulova to be replaced with someone who has real world experience. The Washington Post had an article the other day about the 1,500 or so homeless in the county. Are these people a priority for Bulova? No! She's to busy constructing "luxury-subsidized housing" to bother with the folks who really need assistance. And, to busy recruiting Republicans to run against her nemesis Supervisor John Cook and thereby splitting her own party. Spike Williams is a ray of hope and deserves the vote to keep Fairfax County one of the best in the nation.
Sally Spangler August 19, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Spike - look again. Not only County money and State money is wasted and literally thrown away - the USA is where it is for the same reason. Just because each entity sees lots of tax money in the entity's coffers, doesn't mean it can be wasted on stupid things To upgrade a school does not need glass exterior walls to look pretty from the street. The State does not need throwing money down a rat hole so that some special person/organization opportunes the state for "gimme shiny things" USA does not need upgrades in congressional pay, when they already have as much as the richest people do. They ARE OUR SERVANTS! NOT OUR BOSSES! Poor babies, special vacations with many "buddies" along, tax payer funded. Extra weeks off to go "home" to show off their life styles! NUTS!
george atkinson August 19, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Bulova has been there forever. It is time for a fresh face for our county’s leadership. Spike is a successful businessman so he has my vote.
Gib Meadlin August 20, 2011 at 02:24 AM
Ms. Bulova needs to retire, she has been served our county long enough. Make way for fresh ideas, fresh horses. I will vote for Mr. Williams, though I must admit his nickname is off-putting.
Sally Spangler August 20, 2011 at 03:23 AM
Working since 1992 as a barman for openers isn't much experience. His work since then? So what has he learned that is useful in Fairfax County? A business man such as Mr. Munoz is all that much either. What is his education, besides getting his hands dirty. Fairfax County is much more than that. We need a supervisor with knowledge of handling people and how a government works. I don't see that in his experience background. I would hope he knows the difference between having all that tax money and knowing how to spend wisely . So far our taxes go up while we are told they were not this year! What a GREAT BIG LIE! Mine went up in two areas - bug control and storm water runoff by over two hundred dollars. Not for police, schools, road maintenance (yeah State maintenance) Wonder if the supervisors got a pay raise - cost of living? Where is my deduction from real estate and personal property so that I may maintain my home better. Spike may be as tough as nails - but to whom for what reason?
Mike August 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Did you actually read the article Sally? It said he got a job in 1992 but has since gone on to work as a project manager for a telecommunications company and is in real estate. As one government official said in the article, he has experience running a business and meeting a payroll. Wouldn't you want someone in office who knows about creating jobs in the private sector rather than a career politician accepting appointment after appointment in state commissions?
Will Radle August 23, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Every business and nonprofit leader with whom I speak knows the value of measurable objectives. Spike offers no accountability.
Mike August 23, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Please expand on your accusation Mr. Radle. Why does he have no accountability?
Mike August 23, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Maybe you should read his literature Mr. Radle. Mr. Williams is concerned with the fiscal health of the county so restoring sound fiscal policy is his first priority. So now that I have named an issue that is of the utmost importance to county residents, it seems Mr. Williams is accountable and I demand a retraction from you.
Will Radle August 23, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Mike, it's not an accusation; it's a fact. Name one thing Spike will do if elected Chairman. He has yet to name one measurable objective. Whereas, everyone knows, for example, 5 days after the election I will be in Bath County advocating for fair treatment of Fairfax County taxpayers and students at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Counties.
Mike August 24, 2011 at 01:00 AM
You measure it by keeping the triple A bond rating as well as tightening the fiscal strings. Any budget sheet will tell you what was done and how it was affected by policies. So again, I demand a retraction Mr. Radle.
Will Radle August 24, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Fairfax County is 1 of only 22 counties in the nation with “triple A” bond ratings from all 3 rating agencies. How will we measure Spike's performance? How would he change the "Ten Principles of Sound Financial Management"?
Will Radle August 24, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Your answer is to further cut education and the quality of life services that attract employers to our community? Spike and Sharon can race to the bottom.
Will Radle August 24, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Mike, my plan lowers real estate tax rates to 93 cents for residential and lowers commerical and industrial rates by 21.2 percent. Where does Spike take us?
Mike August 24, 2011 at 01:21 AM
I am afraid Mr. Radle that you aren't worthy of my further commentary because you have no honor or integrity in admitting your false point. Have fun straddling the low single digits if you get that much in the election.
Will Radle August 24, 2011 at 01:23 AM
It's been good talking with you Mike Williams!
Mike August 24, 2011 at 01:32 AM
That is good Mr. Radle, speculate who I might be because there are only millions of Mikes in the world. Do you really think Spike has the time to carry on with your superfluous comments? Neurotic doesn't fit well on candidates. Ask Perot.
Will Radle August 24, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I thought we were finished at 9:21. I am sitting here watching election results and responding to constituents. What are you doing Mike?

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