Fairfax Sheriff Agrees with Janet Oleszek: John Cook is Wrong


    How many gaffes and misstatements can Tea Party/Kookinelli favorite John Cook make before Braddock District voters yell, “enough!?!” If he keeps up his fast pace of debate screwups, and also of blowing off his constituents (Arab Americans last night), it might not be very long.


    Issue was raised by community at 2nd Braddock District debate this weekend

    Today, Janet Oleszek and Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry jointly announced their plans to cut the overgrown medians in Braddock District through the community labor force. The community labor force is non violent inmates from the Fairfax County Detention Center that are available to work on government property.

    Janet Oleszek met with Sheriff Barry to discuss the use of the community labor force to address these problems in the Braddock District. “I have always had a great relationship with Janet and would be happy to work with her on this project” said Barry. “The use of inmate labor saves money for the taxpayers and improves the community”.

    “Our first priority in Fairfax County should be keeping our community safe,” Janet Oleszek remarked.  “I will make the expansion of this program a top priority of my office in the next budget“.  Oleszek also noted that the unmaintained roadways were “unattractive and make us appear to be a community in decline”.


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    At this weekend’s debate, after Janet Oleszek noted that the tight Fairfax County budgets had led to the roads not being maintained through this program, John Cook said that this was only a state responsibility.  In fact, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s office had performed these duties when Sharon Bulova was the Supervisor of Braddock District. Since 2003 the Fairfax County Sheriff’s office has been a “Authorized Agent of VDOT”.

    Stan Barry is the Democratic nominee for a 4th term as Sheriff this November.  In his previous elections, Stan has won every precinct in the Braddock District in each of his elections, even as a challenger.

    Janet Oleszek is the Democratic nominee for Braddock District Supervisor.  In 2007 as the Democratic nominee for the Senate of Virginia, she carried 57% of the vote in the Braddock District precincts included in her district.

    • Will Radle

      Janet and Stan have my support on this project.  I will, of course, point out the obvious here.  Oleszek and Barry have clearly said during the incumbent chairman’s term, Braddock has been unattractive and made to appear as a community in decline.

      With your support, I will make the investments as chairman that attract families and employers to our community and keep us safe rather than hoarding $28,690,000 for unspecified use two years from now.

    • Teddy Goodson

      it is a safety question. High grass, rather, weeds obstruct the line of sight and it is especially dangerous when making a turn across traffic.

    • einvoice

      I’m not exactly sure how taking control of our local roads is a screw up by Cook. According to your article Janet Oleszek and Stan Barry are creating a plan to clean local roads by using the community labor force. First, why should the Sheriff’s office turn into a county-wide lawn service? How much is this really going to cost us? I really don’t understand why Janet is focusing on the roads that she can’t control, when the State is supposed to maintain our roads. According to your post “Janet Oleszek noted that the tight Fairfax County budgets had led to the roads not being maintained through this program, John Cook said that this was only a state responsibility.” Well VDOT says “The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels.” That to me says, we are supposed to cut the grass for you. So wouldn’t it make sense for the County Supervisor to contact VDOT and work with them to maintain the roads we do not control? Janet is talking about working with Stan, to maintain roads controlled by the State, seems she’s confused on who can maintain the roads. Cook obviously understands that with our current system that this is a State issue. Janet’s policy is that she wants to keep the State controlling our roads, while Cook wants more local control so we do more to solve the problem, than beg the State or send out a few prisoners.  

    • DanielK

      I thought I’d just throw in a few links about the good work that the Sheriff’s Office Community Labor Force does throughout the County on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful resource that the Sheriff has in order to save money for County tax payers on areas other than the roads.  When agencies have to make cuts in these tough economic times to their budget programs like this are impacted. The savings should definitely be taken into account when the budget it drawn up because the return for the CLF provides is clearly proven.

      Community Labor Force


      Inmate Labor Beautifies, Saves Money for Fairfax


      Board of Supervisors Recognizes Sheriff’s Office Community Programs



    • Will Radle

      Democrats and Republicans agree the incumbent chairman is not delivering the solutions our community wants and deserves.  Ask why she does not support Fairfax County acquiring the same exceptions Henrico and Arlington Counties enjoy.  She holds out for more ZERO DOLLARS years.

      That’s about as brilliant as threatening Covanta with a 5 year no bid contract and a check for $418 million if they fail to do what we want.

      We need COMMON SENSE and to honor our COMMUNITY VALUES!