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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Perennial candidate Carey Campbell on the ballot again for Braddock supervisor

Carey Campbell (left) with Brooklyn Kinlay on Green TV.
Carey Chet Campbell has again gotten himself on the ballot for the Braddock District position on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

This is the fifth time Campbell, a resident of North Springfield, is running for Braddock Supervisor.

Campbell is running as an independent and was endorsed by the Independent Green Party of Virginia. He will be on the ballot in November along with Republican candidate Jason Remer and whoever wins the Democratic primary on June 11.

The Democratic candidates on the primary ballot are James Walkinshaw, the former chief of staff for Rep. Gerry Connolly, and Irma Corado, a migrant rights activist.

Walkinshaw has raised just over $86,000 since Jan. 1, reports the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) and racked up a series of endorsements. Corado has raised nearly $19,000.

Cook, who is not running for re-election, has endorsed Remer, a civil engineer, who has raised just over $20,000.

One of Campbell’s key issues is getting money out of politics so he is not seeking donations. According to VPAP, he has a campaign fund with a balance of zero.

Campbell ran for the position of Braddock supervisor in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2015, and also ran for the Braddock position on the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District in 1999 and chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2009.

Campbell got 18 percent of the vote in 2007 when Sharon Bulova was elected Braddock supervisor.  In other elections, Campbell never gotten more than 2.6 percent of the vote. So why does he keep running?

He views getting on the ballot as a chance to talk about environmental issues. He supports an underground rail system between Washington and Baltimore, more support for renewable energy, and bringing bike sharing to the Braddock District.

Campbell also wants to make the three major development projects planned for Braddock District “carless communities.” That includes the Erickson senior housing project on Braddock Road, the One University affordable housing and student housing project near George Mason University, and the housing project planned for Roberts Road at Braddock Road.

Even though Campbell doesn’t stand a chance of winning, he says, “It’s worthwhile to run to advocate for positive solutions.” No one knows what’s going to happen in November, he notes; “you’ve got to be in it to win it.”

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