See below for an excellent, timely statement by Janet Oleszek, the Democratic nominee for Braddock District Supervisor against Tea Party favorite John Cook. I certainly join her in deeply thanking the region’s first responders for their outstanding work through all kinds of crises and disasters, natural and human-caused (e.g., 9/11).
Janet Oleszek, Democratic nominee for Braddock District Supervisor released the following statement today:
“In the past month, we have faced an earthquake, a hurricane and now massive flooding in Fairfax County. In each of these events, our outstanding police and fire fighters have responded with consummate professionalism, working long hours and extra shifts to save countless lives of our citizens and pets and to protect our property. On behalf of all the citizens of Fairfax County, I want to recognize and thank them.”
“This weekend brings the 10th anniversary of September 11th. In that event – as they have done so many times – our first responders in Fairfax County were some of the first people on the ground in Arlington to assist in a regional crisis.”
“The past few budgets have been tight with the economic downturn. Since 2008, our police and firefighters have not received a raise from Fairfax County- or even a cost of living increase. This is unacceptable. I promise the voters of Fairfax County, if I am elected that our first responders will receive a regular cost of living increase in addition to any money for across the board pay raises that the board can find.”