|Penny Gross speaks to supporters at her campaign office.|
“I intend to win; I intend to win big,” Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross told supporters at the opening of her re-election campaign headquarters April 22. Dozens of local residents came to Gross’ campaign office, located in the former Healthway store on John Marr Drive in Annandale.
“Representing you on the Board of Supervisors is an honor and a privilege,” Gross said. “It’s also a lot of hard work.” Being supervisor is “the best job,” because, “I get to “address the everyday aggravations of life.”
Gross, who’s served on the Board of Supervisors for over 19 years, urged her supporters to work hard, making phone calls and knocking on doors, to ensure a win in the Democratic primary on June 9. Her primary opponent is Jessica Swanson, who has never run for political office before.
If Gross wins the primary, she faces former Mason District Council of Community Associations President Mollie Loeffler in the general election in November.
“The general election opponent is running as an independent but, up until the day after she announced, she was listed on the Republicans’ website as the precinct captain in Parklawn for the Republican Party,” said George Burke, communications director for Rep. Gerry Connolly. “Don’t let them fool you. They just know it’s tough to elect a Republican in Mason so they’re going to run her as an independent.”
State Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35th District), who is also up for re-election this year, called Gross “one of the most competent elected officials in this state.”
According to Saslaw, “Penny is on top of everything in this district. There is nothing going on here that she doesn’t know.”
Connolly, a former chair of the BoS, lauded Gross’ “expertise, her ebullient character, her energy, and her willingness to commit.”