Fairfax County Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova today announced that she will not be seeking re-election in 2019. The decision had been expected and is one of several retirements expected to change the complexion of the board.
“It has been an honor to serve the Fairfax County community,” Bulova said. “During these past 30 years, I have been privileged to work alongside dedicated elected officials at every level of government, with talented, caring county staff and a county full of enthusiastic community volunteers. While I will not be running for re-election in 2019 I sure do have a lot to look back on with great satisfaction.”
Northern Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly was among those paying tribute to Bulova.
“Sharon’s time on the Board will be remembered for her decency and commitment to collegiality, her willingness to listen to her constituents and bring people together, and her drive to leave Fairfax a better place for future generations. I want to thank my dear friend for her lifetime of service and the undeniable mark she has left on our community,” Connolly said.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said: “As former mayor to a city of 200,000 people, I have enormous respect for Sharon Bulova’s leadership of a county of 1.1 million. Over the past 30 years, Fairfax County’s population has grown by nearly half, and Sharon’s service during that time has played a major role in ensuring the prosperity and quality of life accompanying that growth.”
“Chairman Bulova has been a strong and effective proponent of economic growth and the Economic Development Authority and me personally for many years,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “The effects of her leadership will be felt throughout the county for generations to come. Her support of our global outreach marketing has been particularly forward-looking and effective over the years.”
Bulova served as the Braddock District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1988-2009, and was elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in a special election in 2009. She was re-elected in 2011 and again in 2015. The year 2019 will mark her 10th year as Chairman and her 31st year as a member of the Board of Supervisors.
During her career, Bulova said she is proud of her role in 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, and spearheading numerous environmental, historical and cultural initiatives on behalf of the residents of Fairfax County.
“There is still much to do and contribute,” Bulova said. “My term does not end until the end of next year. I look forward to working with you during these months ahead and thank you for your engagement, support and participation in your community.”
The upcoming election for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will take place on November 5, 2019, and the new Board will begin its work on January 1, 2020.