Palle Opens Campaign for Sully District Seat on Fairfax County Board

photoSrilekha Palle

Srilekha Palle, the Fairfax GOP’s nominee for Sully District Supervisor, made her first campaign appearance Tuesday, saying she would focus on taxes, education and quality of life. Palle is challenging Democrat Kathy Smith, a former school board member who has held the supervisor’s job since 2015 and who is one of the few incumbents seeking re-election this year.

“I will be a voice for everyone who is fed up with high taxes, crazy traffic, ridiculous tolls, and schools that often disregard family values,” Palle said at a Fairfax GOP meeting. “In short, we need a government that works for us – not against us. And that is why I’m running.”

“We need county government to live within its means – we are taxed enough already. We need a real traffic relief strategy – not just higher tolls, which only add insult to injury. And we need schools that are focused on student achievement – not indoctrination,” she said.

Smith is completing her first four-year term on the board. She was elected in 2015 after serving on the school board for 14 years. She was elected chairman of the school board three times.

Sully District encompasses the area of western Fairfax County generally known as Chantilly. It was created after the 1990 US Census, which measured its population at 100,000. It has since grown to at least 120,000.


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