|Sharon Bulova (center) at the opening of the Silver Line in 2014.|
Supervisor Jeff McKay of the Lee District is planning to run for chairman of the board, and Supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield), is considering running.
Supervisor Linda Smyth (Providence) also announced this week that she will not seek re-election. Two candidates are running in a Democratic primary to succeed her: Erika Yalowitz, vice president of the Providence District Council, and Dalia Palchik, who represents Providence on the Fairfax County school board.
John Cook (Braddock) said last month he isn’t running for re-election.
The Board of Supervisors election is Nov. 5. Primaries will be held June 11. The new board will begin its work on Jan. 1, 2020.
Bulova was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1988, representing what was then called the Annandale District. It was later renamed the Braddock District as a result of a reorganization in 1991.
She was elected chairman in 2009 in a special election after then-chairman Gerry Connolly was elected to Congress, and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015.
“Local government is an awesome place to be,” Bulova says. “It’s the level of government closest to the people you represent. It’s the place where you can truly make a tangible difference, touch lives, and engage with the community in a personal, positive way. Deciding when to stop is just as hard as making the decision to start down the road of elective office. For me, however, that time has come.”
Her reasons for deciding to retire include “more time with family and grandchildren, time for travel, to entertain, to smell the roses.”
Bulova highlighted some of her accomplishments:
- Founding the VRE commuter rail system.
- Piloting Metro’s Silver Line Phase 1 over the finish line.
- Navigating through the Great Recession and federal sequestration while retaining Fairfax County’s triple AAA bond rating.
- Founding Faith Communities in Action.
- Initiating Communities of Trust.
- Convening the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.
- Helping launch Diversion First.
- facilitating the new vision and plan for Tysons.
- Spearheading numerous environmental, historical, and cultural initiatives on behalf of the residents of Fairfax County.