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Sharon Bulova Defends Her Record in Chairman's Race

Chairman says she helped county weather recession

On the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 1988, incumbent candidate for chairman Sharon Bulova is familiar with running for office. But she also loves actual running.

“She can totally outrun me,” says Gretchen Bulova, Chairman Bulova’s daughter-in-law. She says Bulova jogs between five and ten miles each morning before going to work, where, Chairman Bulova says, she works as hard as she runs.

“I think that I’ve done a good job navigating through a very difficult period of time,” she said.

Bulova, the Democratic candidate, is defending her record against opponents like Republican Spike Williams, Independent and Green Party candidate Glenda Gail Parker. Bulova says she has lead the county through the recession and lukewarm recovery since her election to chairman in 2009.

“The nation has been rocked by a very serious recession, and Fairfax County has emerged, I think, in a way where our quality of life is intact,” she said.

Bulova Fairfax County for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process that is expected to increase traffic around Fort Belvoir and Alexandria’s Mark Center.

While Williams claims that she has failed to lead on the issue, Bulova says she worked with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D) on finding additional transportation funding. Bulova also points to leading to Fort Belvoir as a sign that she’s helped soften BRAC’s impact.

Much of the future Bulova sees for the county is transportation-related. Bulova aims, if re-elected, to use “smart growth” strategies to Tyson’s Corner development less reliant on cars.

She also says she’s looking forward to seeing the Dulles Metro rail project finished, while keeping toll road fees low for drivers.

Business groups with their own interests in the Metro project have donated large sums to Bulova. Her campaign fund, which held more than $210,000 at the end of June, received $35,000 from a developer with property along the proposed line, as of the last reporting period.

Bulova says she isn’t swayed by such donations because the Dulles line has been planned for so long, and adds that she’s happy to have the support of businesses.

Bulova relieves stress by hosting large dinners for her family, according to Gretchen Bulova, the wife of Bulova’s son , Virginia Delegate David Bulova.

“They’re almost mini-holiday dinners,” she said.

While Bulova has lived in Fairfax County since 1966 and been a county supervisor for more than 20 years, she says being chairman is a whole other level of work.

“I’m peddling faster,” she said.

WIll Radle August 17, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Bulova has done her best. Clearly, she will not advocate for fair treatment of Fairfax County taxpayers and students.
Will Radle August 17, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Bulova has done her best. Clearly, she will not advocate for fair treatment of Fairfax County taxpayers and students.
George Colgrove August 17, 2011 at 07:33 PM
"Bulova says she has helped prepare Fairfax County for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process that is expected to increase traffic around Fort Belvoir and Alexandria’s Mark Center." Traffic is already backing up and we have yet to get a 1000 of these federal workers in the building! If this is an example of her success - she needs to be voted out.
RJ August 18, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I blame the feds, FFX Taxpayer should not pay for the Feds mistake.
Will Radle August 18, 2011 at 03:37 PM
DTR one-way toll rates in 2012: $2.25, 2013: $4.64, 2018: $6.95. How exactly is she "keeping toll road fees low for drivers"?
S. Williams August 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM
BRAC was stupid because some Feds (probably higher rank than the workers) did not take into account the excess traffic burden on unprepared roads for which the Feds would not supply money. They should have looked elsewhere in DoD for places to cut. I thini the 'subway' to Dulles is also wasteful. They should have arranged for express buses (to & from West Falls Church station) to use the airport-only, non-toll lanes, spending a few hundred thousand dollars to build ramps. When I worked at.Reston I rode the 5B to W.F.C. & had a relatively easy ride home. But not to work in the a.m.! I hope I NEVER have to go to Tysons Corner again.
Liz Maloney McCoy August 18, 2011 at 06:11 PM
I would just like to clarify the above comments are NOT from Spike Williams or the campaign or reflect the views of Spike Williams or his campaign. -Liz McCoy Political Director, Spike Williams for Chairman
Beth Lawton (Editor) August 18, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Liz, We do very strongly encourage our readers to use their real names in comments to ensure there aren't confusions like these or falsely attributed statements. Unfortunately, it's difficult for us to verify identities. Thanks for clarifying the above comments for our readers. Beth Lawton, Regional Editor
Will Radle August 18, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Politicians have known about BRAC since May 2005. No excuses. If elected chairman, I will work to create timely solutions.
RJ August 19, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Humm since Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority control the DTR why not ask them.
RJ August 19, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Like how, explain.
Jeff Frye September 26, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I have lived in Burke Center for over 15 years. We moved here for the the well planned community experience (trails, tree covered common areas, responsible development, active community leaders etc.) during that time Mrs. Bulova has championed the Keiyser Permante building, Target, Walmart and the VRE parking Garage without improving the surrounding infastructure which has resulted in a horrfic traffic situation for the residents of Burke and an overall decline in the quality of life for her constituents. We have also seen many of the smaller businesses leave Bukre Electronic, Burke Sporting Goods, The Ink Stop, Burke Florists and many more. If thatrepresents Mrs. Bulovia smart growth policies the BRAC and the Tysons development will cause enormous pain and consternation for the citizens of Fairfax County but I'm sure the large developers that contribute to Mrs. Bulova's campain will be very happy. Just as she is happy to take their money and represent their wants and needs.
Will Radle October 08, 2011 at 12:04 AM
Recently, I asked Dr. Gerry Gordon, leader of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, his opinion on what attracts families and employers to Fairfax County. His answer: jobs, education and quality of life services. The incumbent has been cutting education and quality of life services that attract employers to our community. I advised the creation of 42 needed firefighter jobs to bring Fairfax County up to public safety standards; she did nothing. We remain our nation's only large locality not meeting this standard. We are accountable as an integral part of our national capital region. Our Board has no excuse for failing to meet standards when we send men and women into harm's way to protect our community. See my speech http://www.youtube.com/willradle1 She is not an effective advocate and has shown a disturbing lack of commonsense in dealing with the waste-to-energy plant, Dulles rail and BRAC. Despite her record, she implies Fairfax County would crumble without her. Thousands of volunteers throughout Fairfax County quietly make the difference in our community every day. With over 20 years experience serving on state, regional and local public committees as well as nonprofit boards, my focus remains working with people across political and ideological lines to create effective, sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting our community. As chairman, I will advocate for our community and deliver transparent, accountable government and commonsense.
Matt November 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM
good article, however in the 4th paragraph I believe you meant to say "led" not "lead".
Will Radle November 04, 2011 at 08:30 PM
RJ, hold me accountable for what I can directly do in local government and for the effectiveness of my advocacy through our GA and congressional delegations. She made a promise of "low tolls for drivers", and provided no means to deliver. I made the same commitment and showed how I will keep it. Only 1 candidate is advocating for accountable government and providing measurable objectives. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1

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