Jeff McKay, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2007 and hand-picked successor to retiring board chair Sharon Bulova, won today’s Democratic primary, defeating newcomer Alicia Plerhoples, who ran a surprisingly strong second, according to returns reported by VPAP, the Virginia Public Access Project.
With nearly all precincts reporting, McKay had 26,619 votes — 42% of the total cast — to 21,828 or 31% for Plerhoples, a Georgetown University law professor who lacks previous electoral experience.
School board member Ryan McElveen and real estate developer Tim Chapman finished in third and fourth spots. Chapman drew less than 10% of the vote despite having amassed a war chest of nearly $1 million in campaign contributions.
Winners in the magisterial district races, according to nearly final returns, were:
- Braddock — James Walkinshaw
- Hunter Mill — Walter Alcorn
- Lee — Rodney Lusk
- Providence — Dana Palchik
McKay brings decades of experience to the post. After serving as Supervisor Dana Kauffman’s chief of staff for more than a decade, McKay was elected Lee District Supervisor in November 2007. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Legislative Committees and has twice served as Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC).
He was endorsed by Bulova and the Washington Post, among others.
Plerhoples, an attorney and Georgetown University law professor, emphasized the “Two Fairfaxes” theme, drawing on her childhood, which was marked by poverty and food insecurity.
“When my father, a GED teacher, spoke up about the way his private employer extorted its students, he was fired and we were then evicted from our house,” Plerhoples says on her campaign website. “I would spend much of my fourth grade living in a single motel room with my parents and siblings. My mother was a special education teacher and I didn’t know that we were the working poor.”
McKay promoted a policy he calls One Fairfax that he said will:
- Foster inclusion through social and racial equity across the county
- Support fairness of all people, including standing up for our residents against the unfair policies of the current presidential administration
- Ensure that our diversity, our welcoming environment, and a seat at the table for all remain the hallmark of Fairfax County’s success.
No GOP primary
Republicans did not hold public primaries this year. The only announced candidate for board chairman is Joseph Galdo, a former Defense Department intelligence analyst, who has vowed to “root out wasteful spending.”