|Front row, left to right: Sharon Bulova, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Justin Fairfax, and Penny Gross.|
Dozens of local Democrats gathered at the Camelot home of Justin Fairfax Feb. 23 for Mason Supervisor Penny Gross’ annual Champagne and Chocolate fundraiser.
“We’re here to celebrate Penny and replenish her campaign kitty,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. “She will be in a strong position next year.”
Gross hailed Mason District as a “vibrant, dynamic, diverse location” with “lots of investment,” but some challenges, too, including providing for the needy.
She cited some highlights of her term, including the first urban-style school in Fairfax County (the Bailey’s Elementary School annex to open in September), Mason Crest Elementary School (opened in 2012), the new building for Glasgow Middle School (2008), the renovation of Woodrow Wilson Library now under way, and the new Bailey’s Crossroads Fire Station under construction. Gross said her pet project is the arts and wants to make sure “we accomplish something” to promote the arts.
Among the politicians at the event were Rep. Gerry Connolly, Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Mason school board member Sandy Evans, former BoS Chair Katherine Hanley, and several candidates vying for Rep. Jim Moran’s seat, including Del. Alfonso Lopez, state Sen. Adam Ebbin, Del. Mark Sickles, and Don Beyer.
Bulova lauded Connelly, who chaired the BoS before he was elected to Congress, for helping the county secure a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan for the Dulles Metrorail project.