Outgoing Democrats hold firm in Fairfax after GOP overthrows House of Delegates | Fairfax County

VRepublicans in Irginia overturned control of the House of Delegates, returning to a majority in the lower house of the General Assembly following a Democratic rout in 2019. Democrats previously held 55 of the House’s 100 seats , but on Wednesday morning, Republicans were due to take back seven, paving the way for a slim 52-48 GOP majority.

Despite a dismal statewide performance, the incumbent Fairfax County Democrats were re-elected Tuesday night in largely unbalanced wins. “Unfortunately, despite our efforts and positive results here in Fairfax County, we have failed for Virginia,” Democratic Committee Chairman Bryan Graham said on Twitter, adding that “Fairfax County overwhelmingly rejected the message from Youngkin. We are returning the 15 incumbents to the House of Delegates and two new extraordinary women. “

“It’s a new day in Virginia! Soon we will have a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general who understand that government exists to serve the people – not the other way around, ”the Fairfax County Republican Committee posted on Twitter. “Last night’s victories would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of countless Virginians, many of them here in Fairfax County.”

Here is a recap of the results of delegate races across the county (note that these are unofficial results since the elections were not officially certified).

In House District 34, outgoing Democrat Kathleen Murphy defeated Republican challenger Gary Pan with 56 percent of the vote.

In District 35, Republican challenger Kevin McGrath lost to Democratic incumbent Mark Keam, who has represented the district since 2010. Keam won 68% of the vote.

Longtime Democratic incumbent Ken Plum, who has represented District 36 since 1982, was re-elected for another term after defeating Republican challenger Matt Lang with 71 percent of the vote.

In District 37, outgoing Democrat David Bulova won 66% of the vote against Republican challenger Kenny Meteiver.

Republican challenger Tom Pafford failed to topple Kaye Kory in District 38. Kory won about 69% of the vote.

Democratic incumbent Vivian Watts defeated Republican challenger Maureen Brody in District 39, winning 66 percent of the vote.

In District 40, Democrat Dan Helmer took the seat he first won in 2019, beating Republican challenger Harold Pyon in a relatively close race with 55% of the vote.

Outgoing Democratic District 41 President and House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn defeated Republican candidate John Wolfe with 65 percent of the vote. Since Republicans will now control the House, Filler-Corn will become Minority Leader, if she is re-elected to the leadership.

In District 42, Republican challenger Ed McGovern lost to Democratic incumbent Kathy Tran, who won about 60 percent of the vote.

Mark Sickles, the longtime District 43 incumbent who was first elected in 2003, will represent his seat again after defeating Republican challenger Brenton Hammond with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

In District 44, Democratic incumbent Paul Krizek won his race against Republican challenger Richard Hayden, winning 67% of the vote.

In District 45, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Bennett-Parker defeated Republican candidate JD Maddox with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Bennett-Parker previously ousted incumbent Mark Levine in the Democratic primary.

District 48 incumbent Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr. won 66% of the vote against Republican challenger Edward Monroe.

In District 49, Democratic incumbent Alfonso Lopez won 72 percent of the vote in a three-way race against Republican challenger Timothy Kilcullen and independent candidate Terry Modglin.

Democratic incumbent Marcus Simon retained his seat against Republican challenger Sarah White in District 53, winning 70% of the votes cast.

District 67 Democratic incumbent Karrie Delaney won nearly 61% of the vote against Republican challenger Bob Frizzelle.

After overthrowing District 86 incumbent Ibraheem Samirah in the Democratic primary, Irene Shin defeated Republican candidate Julie Perry with nearly 66 percent of the vote.

Additionally, nearly 70 percent of Fairfax voters also approved a referendum on Fairfax County Public School Bonds, with about 30 percent voting against. The $ 360 million bond will fund long-term capital improvement projects such as school renovations and site acquisitions, expenses not covered by the school system fund.

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