Linda Smyth won’t seek re-election as Fairfax Board faces major reshuffling


Providence District Supervisor Lynda Smyth (D-Providence) has announced she will not seek re-election to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor. She made the announcement at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Smyth, 69, has served three four-year terms and is among several longtime board members expected to step aside in the next election.

Others widely thought to be planning to wind up their service on the board include its chairman, Sharon Bulova (D-At Large), and Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill). John Cook (R-Braddock) has already said he will not seek re-election, citing “grave concern” about the tone politics has taken since the election of Donald Trump.

Bulova, 70, said earlier that she would ponder her future over the Thanksgiving holiday. Jeff McKay (D-Lee) is said to be waiting in the wings to announce that he will run for the at-large chairman’s post.

Among those angling for Smyth’s seat are Dalia Palchik, a member of the Fairfax School Board, and Erika Milena, vice president of the Providence District Council of homeowners associations. Smyth has held the seat since U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly stepped down after being elected to Congress.