Sharon Bulova Among ‘Washington’s Most Powerful Women’

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Sharon Bulova

Saying it’s been a “very good year for women in Washington,” Washingtonian Magazine is out with its annual listing of the 100 Most Powerful Women, with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova leading the list of “Local Public Powers.”

“Has been praised for her skillful handling of county finances in tough economic times, avoiding the angry budget battles that have taken place in neighboring Montgomery County,” the magazine said.

While hardly an endorsement, the Washingtonian’s selection of Bulova certainly does no harm as the veteran Democrat continues to hold what most observers think is a healthy lead over Republican challenger Michael “Spike” Williams, a political newcomer who is seemingly running on the platform that he has no experience in government.

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Spike Williams

Bulova has recently chalked up endorsements from The Washington Post, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; the International Association of Firefighters Local 2068; Fairfax Coalition of Police, IUPA Local #5000; Service Employees International Union (SEIU);
Fairfax County Government Employees Union; Northern Virginia Labor Federation; Fairfax County League of Conservation Voters; The Farm Team; Northern Virginia Realtors PAC; Fairfax Education Association; and the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Williams’ endorsements consist largely of other Republican officeholders and candidates, including Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia; Bill Bolling, Lt. Governor of Virginia; Frank Wolf, U.S. Congressman; Tim Hugo, Delegate, 40th District; Pat Herrity, Springfield Supervisor; Michael Frey, Sully Supervisor; Bob McDonnell, Governor of Virginia; John Cook, Braddock Supervisor; John Frey, Clerk of Court; Howie Lind, 10th District Chairman; Michael Ginsberg, 8th District Chairman; and Becky Stoeckel, 11th District Chairman.

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James R. Hood
James R. Hood is the editor and publisher of FairfaxNews.com. A former Associated Press editor and executive, he has more than 50 years of reporting experience.