Mason District members of the Fairfax County Republican Committee are beginning to meet with potential candidates interested in considering a run against Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross. The Annandale blog has learned that one of them is David Feld. That would be surprising, as Feld backed Democratic candidates in the past and hosted a fundraiser last June to support Democrat Kaye Kory’s campaign for the House of Delegates.
Feld, of Lake Barcroft, is the president of GeesePeace, an organization that promotes the humane control of Canada Geese. He is a member of the Annandale Regional Planning Study Committee and is vice president of the Mason District Council.
Gross, a Democrat, has served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 1995. “She would be a tough opponent,” says Anthony Beddell, chair of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, but “could be defeated by a moderate” [i.e. not someone identified with the Tea Party]. And if voter turnout is low in the mid-term election next November, a Republican would have an advantage, he notes. “The only way to win is to build a solid grassroots campaign.”
Update, Feb. 16, 3 p.m.: Feld acknowledges he has “made inquiries” about running - “as a Democrat, independent, or Republican” - but hasn’t made a decision yet.