Mateo Dunne

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Mateo Dunne graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, earning an M.A. in history and an M.S. in International Affairs. He then studied law at Georgetown University [1]. He served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, helping establish funds for energy technology innovation. Dunne served as Chief Operations Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Renewable Energy, leading business operations. He has also been the General Attorney for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Legal Services Agency, representing the Federal Government’s Interests in proceedings before regulatory agencies. Dunne also spent time as an Associate General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency, supporting multilateral safeguarding efforts. In the private sector, Dunne was Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s International Trade Committee for 3 years [7]. In addition, Dunne serves as General Counsel for the African Development Foundation, as well as Staff Counsel for the American Frontier Fund, both non-profit organizations [3]. He has also served as Vice President for the Stratford Landing Citizens Association and has been a member of Good Shepherd Housing’s Community Advisory Panel since 2021 [1].

Key Issues

Curriculum

Dunne wants to establish summer accelerator camps, a Young Scholars program, dual enrollment, and advanced academic centers. Through local partnerships, he seeks to increase workforce development programs and vocational education [1].

Teachers

Dunne seeks to empower educators. He believes in collective bargaining and wants to provide competitive pay and benefits to FCPS staff. In 2016, he co-led a coalition that worked with teachers’ unions to save high school sports, music education, and language immersion from elimination [1].

School Safety

Dunne advocates for higher security precautions to protect against gun violence. He wants to install weapon detection systems at every school and create security vestibules [1].

Budget

Dunne believes that the current FCPS budget is inefficient [2]. In 2017, Dunne led a campaign to diversify revenue sources for FCPS and reduce reliance on property taxes. Dunne also supports universal pre-kindergarten, which will require increased funding from the State and County [1].

Accessibility

To include students with special needs, Dunne hopes to implement the recommendations of the Comprehensive Special Education Program Review, requiring every FCPS employee to be educated on neurodiversity through Professional Development programs. He also wants to create financial incentives to recruit special education teachers [1].

Endorsements

Karen Corbett Sanders, School Board Member; Dan Storck, Supervisor; Kris Amundson, School Board Member; Stella Pekarsky. School Board Member; Megan McLaughlin, School Board Member; Scott Surovell, State Senator; Mark Sickles, Delegate; Jeff McKay, Chairman; Sharon Bulova, Chairman

Sources

1 Mateo Dunne | School Board
2 Mount Vernon On The Move
3 Zippia
4 VPAP
5 Fairfax Democrats
6 Patch
7 America’s Frontier Fund

Kathy Smith

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Kathy Smith graduated from Muhlenberg College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and elementary education. Smith was an elementary school teacher for 7 years and has served as PTA President in Poplar Tree Elementary School, Rocky Run Middle School, and Chantilly High School. She served for 13 years on the Fairfax County School Board before being elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2015 [1, 2, 3].

Key Issues

Education

Smith wants to make sure schools are adequately equipped to support the growing population and help kids succeed [3].

Infrastructure

Smith supports evaluating all programs and cutting unnecessary duplicates in order to use revenue effectively [3]. She advocates for resource allocation to mental health services and senior citizen care [3].

Transportation

Smith wants to focus on relieving regional traffic congestion, expanding public transportation systems, and ensuring that citizens’ opinions are considered when deciding transportation infrastructure matters [3].

Endorsements

Fairfax County Democratic Party; Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics – IAFF Local 2068; Sharon Bulova, former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman; Janet Howell, Virginia State Senator; Karen Keys-Gamarra, Fairfax County Public Schools School Board Member; Fairfax Education Association; Northern Virginia Board of Realtors; Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA); Chap Petersen, Virginia State Senator; Dick Saslaw, Virginia State Senator; David Marsden, Virginia State Senator; Karrie Delaney, Virginia State Delegate; Penny Gross, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Jeffrey McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman; Kaye Kory, Virginia State Delegate; Stella Pekarsky, Fairfax County Public Schools School Board Member; Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia State Delegate; Gerald Hyland, ​​former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member; Daniel Helmer, Virginia State Delegate; David Bulova, Virginia State Delegate; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Sources

1 Fairfax County Government
2 Kathy Smith
3 Great Falls Connection
4 Washington Post
5 VPAP
6 Fairfax Firefighters

Daniel Storck

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Daniel Storck graduated from Miami University with a BS in Business Administration in 1975. He then earned an MBA specializing in management and finance in 1981 [6]. Storck served as Deputy Director of the Highland County Community Action Organization, Executive Director of the Butler County Community Action Commission, Manager of CIGNA, and Vice President of MIDA Dental Plans before becoming an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, Storck has founded and sold 7 businesses in the last 30 years. More recently, however, he serves as a co-founder and member of the National Integrated Health Associates, a healthcare company. Storck has chaired multiple school board committees, co-chaired two Board of Supervisors-School Board Committees, served 3 terms as Fairfax County School Board Chairman, and been elected for 3 terms as a Fairfax County School Board member of the Mount Vernon district. For community service, Storck has been President of the Riverside Gardens Recreation Association, a member of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, and an Abraham Lincoln presenter [4].

Key Issues

Education

Storck wants to fully fund schools in an effort to prepare the workforce for jobs involving technology by increasing access to STEAM classes. As supervisor, he approved 5 new schools and 18 school renovations to reduce overcrowding [4].

Environment

Storck leads the Fairfax Green Initiatives, serves on the VACo Energy Subcommittee, and is chair of the board’s environmental committee [1]. He hopes to implement green land-use policies to promote sustainable development [4].

Housing

Storck wants to further expand Good Shepherd Housing to make affordable housing readily accessible [1].

Transportation

Storck seeks to make improvements to Route 1 while also allocating more funding to relieve traffic congestion [4].

Endorsements

Don Beyer, U.S. Congressman; Gerry Connolly, U.S. Congressman; Jim Moran, businessman; Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Chairman; Gerry Hyland, Former Mount Vernon District Supervisor; Steve Descano, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney; Karen Corbett Sanders, Fairfax County School Board Member; Firefighters – Local 2068; Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Sources

1 Fairfax County Government
2 Twitter
3 VPAP
4 Dan Storck
5 Facebook
6 Connection Newspapers

Steve S. Lee

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

After immigrating with his family from Korea at the age of 13, Steve S. Lee attended Annandale High School [5]. Lee is the owner of ABC Financial Services, a commercial and residential real estate company, and the owner of Annandale Properties LLC, a real estate management company. He serves as president of the Korean American Association of Greater Washington Metropolitan Area and helped establish the Korean Community Center as well as the annual KORUS Festival [3]. He also volunteers with the Fairfax County Police Chief’s Council on Diversity Recruitment and the Committee for Dulles. In addition, Lee has served as Mason District representative on the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission and Executive Member of the Taste of Annandale planning committee [5].

Key Issues

Community

Lee supports the One Fairfax policy, which commits to promoting racial and social equality. Through initiatives like the KORUS Festival, Lee hopes to foster diversity and inclusion throughout Fairfax County [1].

Economy

Lee believes in supporting and developing opportunities for local businesses to thrive. He wants to promote small businesses and encourage volunteers to help in any way that they can [1].

Education

Lee supports fully funding public schools to make sure that they have the resources needed to provide accessible education. He also wants to make sure that students have access to mental health programs and protection from gun violence [1].

Government

Lee advocates for transparency and access to government services. He hopes to form a community advisory committee that enables residents to communicate with the committee and with one another through a “Mason Neighbor” online platform [1].

Housing

Lee supports increasing affordable housing to encourage economic development. He also believes in “smart growth,” creating mixed-use developments in safe neighborhoods while preventing urban sprawl. Lee hopes to work closely with Mason District’s Planning Commissioner to appoint a task force that will review the Annandale Comprehensive Plan and focus on land issues [1].

Transportation

Lee plans to create a task force to study Mason’s mass transportation routes and make Mason more easily accessible to the Metro. He also encourages alternate forms of transportation and hopes to implement more sidewalks and crossings to make Mason more pedestrian-friendly [1].

Reproductive Rights

Lee is pro-choice [1].

Endorsements

David Bulova, Delegate; Mark Keam, Former Delegate

Sources

1 Steve for Mason
2 VPAP
3 Annandale Today – Two throw hats…
4 LinkedIn
5 Annandale Today – Steve Lee is…
6 Fairfax Democrats

Jeremy G. Allen

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Jeremy G. Allen graduated from Lamar University with a BBA in Management Information Systems and an MBA [3]. While at Lamar, Allen started an education program that aims to help students with disabilities. The Texas state government and his local church community both partnered with him to organize a foundation offering free tutoring and scholarships [2]. In 2015, Allen was recognized as a 2015 Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar for his work. He also received International Honors Certificates from USC Marshall School of Business for new product development and UCLA Anderson School of Management for entrepreneurship in 2017 [3].

Allen has served as a staffer for U.S. Representative Don Beyer, who represents the Mason District in Congress. In this role, he has managed constituent service issues concerning seniors, veterans, minorities, and Fairfax County residents. In his local neighborhood, Allen was a leader in “Save Bren Mar”, a group that stopped a rezoning proposal that would have changed the zoning of a particular building to create more potential uses for the building; some residents were worried about the possibility of it becoming a data center [2, 7].

Key Issues

Community

Allen believes that Fairfax County residents should be given more say in their county’s policies. He hopes to lead initiatives similar to his experience with “Save Bren Mar” and wants communities to have power over large corporations [5].

Housing

After struggling to afford housing in Fairfax County, Allen purchased his own home through the Fairfax County Workforce Development program. He wants to increase awareness, access, and effectiveness of the program so that others can receive the same benefits that he did [6].

Government

Allen hopes to increase the accessibility and awareness of constituent services [2].

Endorsements

Run for Something

Sources

1 VPAP
2 Jeremy Allen For Supervisor
3 Lamar University
4 Run for Something
5 Annandale Today
6 FFX Now
7 Alexandria Living

Andres Jimenez

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Andres Jimenez currently serves as Executive Director for Green 2.0, an environmental non-profit. Green 2.0’s work aims to resolve the climate issue through the voices of minorities across the nation. In past years, Jimenez was Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. While Senior Director, Jimenez worked with the U.S. House and Senate to make bolder policies for the climate crisis [1].

Jimenez has served in the House Judiciary’s Immigration Subcommittee as well as Associate Director of Government Relations for the Ocean Conservancy. The conservancy aims to pass bipartisan bills to combat environmental issues like ocean acidification [1].

Key Issues

Environment

Jimenez is passionate about improving the environment. By leading organizations such as Green 2.0, he aims to combat the climate crisis [1].

LGBTQIA+

Jimenez wants to protect the rights of all people in the LGBTQIA+ community [2].

Gun Policy

In an attempt to reduce gun violence, Jimenez wants to establish universal background checks and end the gun show loophole [2].

Budget

Jimenez wants to ensure that Fairfax County schools are given a proper share in the school funding formula [2].

Transportation

Jimenez wants to improve the transportation network so that public buses and other forms of transportation are easily accessible to the community [2].

Endorsements

Gerry Connolly, Congressman; Jeff McKay, Chair for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Rodney Lusk, Board of Supervisors Franconia; John Foust, Board of Supervisors Dranesville; James Walkinshaw, Board of Supervisors Braddock; Walter Alcorn, Board of Supervisors Hunter Mill; Dave Marsden, Virginia State Senate; Vivian Watts, Virginia House of Delegates; Alfonso Lopez, Virginia House of Delegates; Paul Krizek, Virginia House of Delegates; Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia House of Delegates; Marcus Simon, Virginia House of Delegates; Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Fairfax County School Board Chair; Ricardy Anderson, Fairfax County Board Mason District; CASA in Action; LiUNA; Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters; IUPAT DC 51; IBEW Local 26; Climate Cabinet; Latino Victory; Baltimore-D.C. Metro Building Trades; Juntos Por Virginia; Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades Association

Sources

1 Andres for Mason
2 Annadale Today
3 Twitter
4 Fairfax County
5 FFX Now
6 Green 2.0

Reid Voss

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Reid Voss grew up in the Bailey’s Crossroads area [4]. In 1999, he was a student representative elected to the Fairfax County School Board from the Mason District [5]. Voss attended George Mason University, focusing on Business/Communication [3].

Voss worked as Manager for Joe Theismann’s Restaurant [3]. Since 2008, Voss has served as a Licensed Realtor for Avery-Hess Realtors, Golston Real Estate, and the Reid Voss Real Estate Group [3, 5].

Voss has been active in local civil and homeowner associations and coached at Justice High School [1]. He is a member of the Lake Barcroft Association Board of Directors [4]. Voss also owns Kingsview Animal Hospital in Alexandria [5].

Key Issues

Education

Voss wants to ​​alleviate the overcrowding problem in schools by opening another middle school and technical school in Mason [1, 4].

Housing

Voss wants to expand affordable housing opportunities for teachers and first responders in order to also aid with teacher and first responder retention [1].

Transportation

Voss wants to create safe areas to walk and bike, along with lighted crosswalks [1]. Voss also wants to increase funding to solve traffic on Seven Corners Road [4].

Environment

Voss wants to attract sustainable amenities to the Mason community while expanding opportunities for green space [1].

Mental Health

Voss wants to ensure Fairfax County hospitals have enough beds for mental health patients [4]. Voss wants to expand mental health resources and response options in schools [1].

Endorsements

No endorsements could be found.

Sources

1 Voss for Mason
2 VPAP
3 Linkedln
4 Annandale Today – Mason Supervisor Candidate Reid Voss Intends…
5 Annandale Today – Two Throw Hats in the Ring to Succeed Gross…
6 Facebook
7 Patch

Dalia Palchik

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Dalia Palchik graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in anthropology in 2005 [1]. Palchik is a former Spanish Instructor and world language teacher at Sheridan School [4]. She also served as a school board member of the Providence district for 3 years [3]. Palchik also serves as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, Vice-Chair of the Housing Committee, a co-lead of the Successful Children and Youth Policy Team, and Chair for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Palchik has also been involved with the State Executive Council for Children’s Services, the Council to End Domestic Violence, and on the Fairfax Food Council [2].

Key Issues

Community

Palchik supports inclusion and providing equal opportunities to all people irrespective of race, gender, or sexual orientation. Palchik wants to make government services more accessible for all residents. She also supports building more walking trails and open spaces to build a healthy community [3].

Education

Palchik hopes to increase access to language courses and believes that all students should have fluency in at least one other language. She believes in the importance of understanding geography and world issues. Palchik emphasizes project-based learning as opposed to standardized testing. She wants to partner with community organizations to develop student-friendly programs. In addition, Palchik supports investing in education policies that prioritize teachers and reduce class sizes [1].

Environment

Palchik supports investing in renewable energy and green infrastructure. Her goal is to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of Fairfax County as a whole [3].

Endorsements

Mark Warner, Senator; Gerry Connolly, Congressman; Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board Of Supervisors; Dick Saslaw, Senator; David Marsden, Senator; Barbara Favola, Senator; Eileen Filler-Corn, Delegate; Marcus Simon, Delegate; Kathleen Murphy, Delegate; Danica Roem, Delegate; Emily’s List; Washington Laborers District Council; Service Employees International Union; Fairfax County Federation of Teachers; Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia; Fairfax Education Association

Sources

1 Ballotpedia
2 Fairfax County
3 Dalia Palchik for Supervisor
4 Linkedin
5 Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
6 Twitter

Jeffrey C. McKay

Key Facts

Background

Jeffrey C. “Jeff” McKay has been involved in Fairfax County politics for 20 years. He served for 12 years as then-Supervisor Dana Kauffman’s chief of staff. After that, he ran and won the election as Franconia District Supervisor in November 2007. He was elected Chairman in 2019 [2].

McKay has a BS in Public Administration and Political Science from James Madison University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership [3]. He served as president of the college Young Democrats during his sophomore and senior years, and as Chair of the Virginia Young Democrats College Caucus [1].

In 2019, McKay was investigated by the Virginia State Police. The investigation considered whether McKay’s purchase of his family home from a developer friend for $850,000 in 2017 was an undisclosed gift. McKay denied malfeasance, and was later cleared of any wrongdoing [1]. More recently, McKay has received criticism for allegedly using a county take-home car for personal errands and prohibited personal use [6].

Key Issues

COVID-19

During the COVID pandemic, McKay supported Fairfax County’s mass testing, vaccination equity clinics, quarantine and isolation sites, and the evictions task force. McKay wants to ensure that as many Fairfax County residents as possible are vaccinated [1].

Economy

McKay supports expanding benefits for employees and entering collective bargaining agreements with unions. During McKay’s time as Chairman, Fairfax County passed six weeks of paid family leave and a collective bargaining ordinance [4, 5].

Social Programs

McKay wants to allocate spending toward rental and food assistance, healthcare, small business grants, community outreach, and more. He has established the Chairman’s Task Force on Equity and Opportunity to address the social inequality that exists in Fairfax County [1].

Incarceration

McKay supports the Diversion First program, which directs people away from jail and into mental health treatment [1].

Endorsements

The Washington Post; Mark Warner, U.S. Senator and 69th Governor of Virginia; Terry McAuliffe, 72nd Governor of Virginia; Gerry Connolly, Member of Congress; Jennifer Wexton, Member of Congress; David Marsden, Virginia State Senator; Adam Ebbin, Virginia State Senator; Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senator; George Barker, Virginia State Senator; Mark Sickles, Virginia State Delegate; Paul Krizek, Virginia State Delegate; Eileen Filler-Corn, Virginia State Delegate; Vivian Watts, Virginia State Delegate; Kaye Kory, Virginia State Delegate; Stacey Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff; Sharon Bulova, Chair, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Kathy Smith; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Penny Gross; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; John Foust; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Cathy Hudgins; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Dan Storck; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Linda Smyth; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Karen Corbett Sanders, Chair, Fairfax County School Board; The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics 2068; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 26; Service Employees International Union 512; Service Employees International Union 32BJ; Keystone Mountain Lake Regional Council Carpenters; Baltimore/Washington Laborers District Council (LiUNA); Sierra Club of Virginia; The Fairfax League of Conservation Voters; Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades; UNITE HERE 25; Fairfax Education Association; Fairfax Coalition of Police 5000

Sources

1 Wikipedia
2 Fairfax County, Virginia
3 McKay for Chairman
4 InsideNOVA
5 Fairfax Times
6 WJLA

Rodney L. Lusk

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Incumbent

Background

Rodney Lusk is a Virginia native who attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts [1, 3, 4]. Living in Franconia (formerly the Lee District) for 22 years, Lusk has served as the region’s District Supervisor for the past 3 years [1, 2, 5]. Lusk has participated in several of Fairfax County’s committees; Supervisor Lusk currently serves as Chairman for Public Safety and Secretary Treasurer for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments [1, 3].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Lusk is interested in reforming the police and fire department. As supervisor, Lusk created and passed the ‘Joint Board Matter’ policy, which helped establish the county’s first co-responder program. Lusk has also worked with Fairfax’s Citizen Emergency Response Team to deliver food to impoverished areas [1, 6].

Housing

Lusk currently works with several organizations to offer affordable housing to everyone, especially seniors and families. Lusk wants to build and expand a middle class within the Franconia District [1].

Education

Lusk advocates for proper funding of all schools in Fairfax County. Lusk also believes in teaching the youth leadership and career-technical skills that can help them transition smoothly into their adulthood [1].

Workers' Rights

Lusk wants to ensure the protection of the labor force. During his term, he was able to issue an “equity proffer” policy with the goal being that residents wouldn’t face discrimination in the job market and could have access to all job listings created by several developments [1]. 

Endorsements

Michele Duell, Education Advocate; Dan Lagana, Planning Commissioner; Yolanda Thompson, Community Advocate; Shirley Ginwright, Former NAACP President; Karlee Renninger, Former MV Dems Chair; David Levine, President/CEO Good Shepard Housing; Dr. Ayman Eldarwish, Political Analyst, Grassroots Organizer; David Temple, Fmr. Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education; NoVA Labor; The Washington Post; International Association of Fire Fighters; CASA in Action; Fairfax Education Association; SEIU Virginia 512; Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades Association; Baltimore-DC Building Trades; Greater Greater Washington; UNITE HERE Local 25; Keystone Mountain Lakes Carpenters Training Fund; IBEW Local 26; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Lewis Academy Now; Virginia Police Benevolent Foundation; Gerry Connolly, Congressman; Don Beyer, Congressman; Steve Descanso, Commonwealth’s Attorney; Walter Alcorn, Supervisor; Penny Gross, Supervisor; Rachna Sizemore Heizer, Fairfax County School Board; Elaine Tholen, Fairfax County School Board; Sharon Bulovia, Former Chairman; Dana Kauffman, Former Supervisor; Paul Krizek, Delegate; Scott Surovell, State Senator

Sources

1 Lusk for Supervisor
2 Fairfax County Government – Lee District Renamed to Franconia
3 Fairfax County Government – About Rodney Lusk
4 LinkedIn
5 VPAP
6 Fairfax Now – Joint Board Matter Document