Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Washington Post Endorsed Eileen Filler-Corn for Delegate

The special election to fill the seat in the House of Delegates from the 41st District is going to have a very low turnout and will likely be extremely close. The Washington Post's endorsement will likely play a larger role in this race than a newspaper endorsement does in a traditional campaign. If one of the only times someone hears about a race is when the region's major newspaper makes its endorsement, after all, commonsense suggests it would help the candidate who received the endorsement. That is why I was very pleased to see that the Post has endorsed Eileen Filler-Corn for Delegate.
Ms. Filler-Corn, who worked as a liaison to Capitol Hill for former governors Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, would be the more effective delegate. She has a much more fluent grasp of Virginia issues than Mr. Bolognese, having been deeply involved in education issues in Fairfax County. In addition to having served five years on the PTA Board for the county schools, she helps develop after-school programs as a member of the school system's Child Care Advisory Council.

By contrast, Mr. Bolognese's main claim to involvement in state and local issues is that he pays taxes. A higher education lobbyist and former congressional staffer, he has little personal experience in public affairs in Fairfax or Richmond. That shows in his vague pronouncements about state government, which follow a doctrinaire script (cut waste, shrink government) unburdened by facts.
I know Eileen's campaign has been working extremely hard to get the word out about the election, so hopefully the Post's endorsement will help as election day (March 2) is now less than a week away. Despite the snow storms that came during the heat of the campaign, for instance, there were a lot of people taking advantage of phone from home programs (which were useful considering that so many people were stuck at home in the snow and were therefore available to talk a little bit about the campaign). As the final GOTV efforts are ramping up, I've been hearing some good things from the campaign and the community about Eileen's chances but the election will still be close. So if you can do anything to help keep this seat in Democratic hands, now is the time to act.

It should be noted that in the special election to fill Mason District's seat on the Fairfax County School Board, which will also be held on March 2, the Post endorsed Sandy Evans who received the Democratic endorsement in the race (note that the School Board race is technically nonpartisan, so she received the endorsement of the Democratic Party and not the nomination). With most of the press and local activists spending most of their time on the delegate race, there has really been very little buzz in the community (even among the most involved activists) regarding this school board race. The Post's endorsement will therefore likely remind a large chunk of the community that there's actually a race in going on in Mason District. As a result, it's a very good thing that the endorsement went to Sandy.

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