Candidates find little common ground

Raymond Morrogh, commonwealth’s attorney for Fairfax County and the city of Fairfax, introduces himself at a June 3, 2019, debate at First Baptist Church of Vienna as his opponent, West Point graduate Steve Descano, listens. (Photo by Brian Trompeter)

Voters in Fairfax Countychose both experienced hands and newcomers June 11 in the Democratic primary.

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) beat three other candidates to secure the nomination in the race for Board of Supervisors chairman.

According to unofficial totals (in this race and the ones listed below), McKay received 29,691 votes to (42.48 percent) to 21,905 (31.34 percent) for law professor Alicia Plerhoples, 11,458 (16.39 percent) for School Board Ryan McElveen (At-Large), 6,848 (9.8 percent) for developer Timothy Chapman.

McKay, a three-term incumbent, was considered the favorite in the race.

In the Providence District primary, School Board member Dalia Palchik (Providence District) won the nomination over Fairfax County Planning Commission member Phil Niedzielski-Eichner, former Vienna Town Council member Edythe Kelleher, court employee Erika Yalowitz and technology consultant Linh Hoang.

Palchik raked in 3,634 votes (39.79 percent) to Niedzielski-Eichner’s 2,137 (23.4 percent), Yalowitz’s 1,276 (13.97 percent), Kelleher’s 1,163 (12.73 percent) and Hoang’s 924 (10.12 percent).

In the Hunter Mill District primary, former Planning Commission member Walter Alcorn secured the nomination against Laurie Dodd, Shyamali Hauth, Maggie Parker and Parker Messick. Alcorn received 5,385 votes (47.17 percent) to Dodd’s 2,847 (24.94 percent), Hauth’s 1,746 (15.29 percent), Parker’s 1,010 (8.85 percent) and Messick’s 429 (3.76 percent).

Incumbent Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) decided not to seek re-election this year, as did Supervisors Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), Linda Smyth (D-Providence) and John Cook (R-Braddock).

In the hotly contended nomination race for commonwealth’s attorney for Fairfax County and the city of Fairfax, challenger Steve Descano won the nomination by defeating three-term incumbent Raymond Morrogh. Descano received 35,880 votes (35,247 in Fairfax County and 633 in the city of Fairfax) to Morrogh’s 34,447 (33,818 and 634, respectively).

Descano, a West Point graduate and former federal prosecutor under the Obama administration, now is chief operating officer and general counsel for Paragon Autism Services.

The winners in those races now advance to the Nov. 5 election, where for the most part they will be facing only token opposition in a county that is skewing Democratic.

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