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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mason District voters overwhelmingly support Clinton

Trump supporters greet voters at Belvedere Elementary School Nov. 8.
Donald Trump may have won the presidential election – in a stunning upset – but voters in Fairfax overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, which was a deciding factor in turning Virginia blue.

In Mason District, Trump did best in the Camelot precinct, getting 36.8 percent of the vote, and Ridgelea, where he got 34.3 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Clinton unsurprisingly got the most votes in Mason District precincts with large immigrant populations: The Democratic candidate got 82 percent of the vote in the Crossroads precinct, 80 percent in Plaza, 79 percent in Skyline, 77.3 percent in Holmes II, 75.7 in Willston, and 75.3 percent in Bren Mar.

A referendum for a meals tax in Fairfax County was defeated with 53.8 percent of voters opposing it. The measure would have imposed a 4 percent tax on food and beverages sold in restaurants with most of the proceeds dedicated to public schools.

“We are disappointed by the meals tax referendum results. Clearly, residents want to see improvements in the way the county funds its services and meets the needs of its ever-growing population,” read a statement from the Vote Yes Meals Tax Invest in Fairfax campaign.

“Those needs aren’t going away. We must still find a way to keep and attract the best teachers to our classrooms. We still must find a way to invest in equipment for our first responders and other county services,” the statement continues. “In the coming weeks and months, we hope Fairfax citizens, who both supported and opposed the meals tax, will come together to be part of the solution to keep Fairfax County a great place to live, work, raise a family, play and grow old comfortably.”

Rep. Don Beyer (D), was easily re-elected to Congress in the 8th District with 68.4 percent of the votes, compared to 27.3 for Republican challenger Charles Hernick. In the 11th District, Rep. Gerry Connolly, who was unopposed, was easily re-elected with over 87 percent of votes.

Fairfax County voters passed all three bond measure on the ballot, including parks (65 percent voted yes), transportation (65.2 percent), and human services (62.7 percent).

Virginia voters rejected (53.6 to 46.4 percent) a constitutional amendment to strengthen the state’s right-to-work law.  The other amendment, to allow a tax exemption for the spouse of a law enforcement officer or first responder killed in the line of duty, passed with a margin of 79.6 percent.


  1. Thank goodness the voters had the sense to once again reject that insidious meals tax proposal. There was never any reason to expect that this tax would have any impact on the relentless increase in property taxes. In most instances, individual voters have little influence over taxes. That's the domain of those special interest groups the BOS relies on for support. By rejecting this tax, voters have sent a message that they're not a rubber stamp for every confiscatory tax proposal.

    1. They were greedy by adding the tax to prepared foods that we buy at the grocery store like rotisserie chicken........plain stupid. The elderly on fixed incomes depend on prepared foods. BoS=BOARD OF STUPIDS!

  2. With the meals tax defeated, the question is how will the school board and board of supervisors react? Will they constructively look for ways to cut costs in the most unobtrusive manner or will they keep looking to increase taxes?

    In my mind, the result of the vote is a message that the populace is at its limit with taxes.

    1. Words like "constructive" and "unobtrusive" aren't part of the school board's vocabulary. As is their habit, they and their supporters will choose the nuclear option. That means forecasting imminent disaster if they don't receive every cent of the funding they demand.

      The individual school board members are utterly insensitive to the fact that property owners have already absorbed three consecutive unequalized property tax hikes with no end in sight. So, I'm hoping that the defeat of this latest assault on residents' wallets finally prompts them to realize that crying "wolf" is no longer an option.

    2. About 10 years ago, they tried to pass a similar tax. I think it was for "transportation" or some other "worthy" cause.

      After we voted that one down, they threw a temper tantrum by reducing the operating hours of the state monopoly ABC stores.

      They had a big sign up that said something like "Due to cutbacks required by the failure to pass question xxxx, the ABC store is reducing its operating hours from ..." - Right next to their other sign saying how much funds the ABC store profits were benefiting the school districts.

      These people are full of it.

  3. All the commenters above make excellent points. Based on what I have observed as a resident of over 15 years in Mason District; it appears as if School Board members see their role as advocates for the Fairfax County Public Schools Administrators, first; teachers, second; students and their parents a distant third; and the taxpayers of Fairfax County dead last.

  4. Embrace change.