In an editorial published yesterday, The Washington Post endorsed Sharon Bulova for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Citing her experience as an advocate for issues important to the region and as chair of the Budget Committee, the Post claims that Sharon is the candidate most qualified to lead the county while it's facing tough decisions regarding the budget and other economic issues.
In discussions I've had with people on both sides of the aisle about this endorsement, most people were quick to point out that the editorial did take shots at both candidates. While the Bulova campaign might have wanted a stronger endorsement, I actually think this made the piece more credible in the long run. Many people are tired of candidates making themselves out to be perfect and don't really believe it when they read an editorial that suggests that they are. Since this editorial clearly examines the positives and negatives of both candidates, many people are likely to view it as based in reality and therefore more trustworthy.
When you get down to the basics, the endorsement also reached a lot of potential voters who might not have even realized that the election was taking place. The piece therefore serves as a reminder that there is actually an election and what was being discussed during the campaign. Of course it definitely doesn't hurt her campaign that the reminder comes in the form of an endorsement of Sharon Bulova.
Interestingly enough, the Post mentioned that Sharon will need to be able to combine her ability to build coalitions with an ability to make tough decisions. This is something that she drove home during a speech she made over the weekend in McLean. For those of you who are interested, here's the video of that speech.