Post Finds Blots on Fairfax Board Chair Candidate Chapman’s Driving Record

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Speeding tickets, reckless driving charges and other infractions mar the record of Tim Chapman, the real estate developer running for the Democratic nomination to chair the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Washington Post reports today.

Besides speeding and reckless driving tickets, Chapman was charged with attempting to drive while impaired in 1995 and served two years probation, according to the Post report. In 1997, he was charged with assaulting a police officer in Alexandria but the charges were later dropped and Chapman was ordered to perform community service.

Other blots on Chapman’s record including driving with a suspended license, and running a red light.

“Made mistakes”

Chapman sent the Post a statement saying he “made mistakes as a young man,” the newspaper said.

Post reporters found nothing remarkable in the records of the other three candidates running in the Democratic primary. Jeff McKay and Ryan McElvee each had one speeding ticket. They found no record of violations for Alicia Plerhoples.

McKay, who has been endorsed by retiring board chair Sharon Bulova and by the Washington Post, is thought to be the front-runner in the race. He and Chapman have been trading conflict of interest charges as the race heats up.

Chapman was recently outed as having been behind an anonymous memo that suggested McKay had gotten a sweetheart deal on his $850,000 home, a charge McKay angrily suggested bordered on libel.

 

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