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Fourth Democratic Candidate – Edythe Kelleher – Announces for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Providence District


It’s hard to keep track of all the candidates running this year in Virginia. Here’s one – Edythe Kelleher – who just announced for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Providence District. The other Democratic candidates for this seat, so far, are Erika YalowitzDalia Palchik and Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner, all running to replace Democratic incumbent Supervisor Linda Smyth, who announced on 12/4 that she will not be running for reelection. For an updated list of 2019 Virginia candidates in competitive races, click here.

Making Government Work for People
Dear Friend,

After more than twenty years of local government service, I know that government works best when people are informed and engaged, and when government listens to citizens. I am passionate about the democratic process. Every voice deserves to be heard.

I’m an economist, a wife, a mother, and a 40-year resident of Fairfax County. I am running for Providence District Supervisor because I believe our county has amazing potential to be a thriving, prosperous community where people from all backgrounds can live, work, and play.

My experiences on the staff of Supervisor Penny Gross, working in economic development, and serving seven terms on the Vienna Town Council have prepared me to represent the citizens of Providence District. I successfully guided Vienna through the Great Recession while increasing the Town’s bond rating to AAA, created Vienna’s new zoning district, and helped originate the award-winning Embark Plan for Richmond Highway.

Providence District needs experienced leadership in these uncertain times. As your Supervisor, I will work to protect and improve the quality of life in Fairfax County by creating better transportation options, supporting our world class schools, protecting our natural resources, and working to meet affordable housing needs.

My husband, Gary, and I moved to the Mosaic District, a new mixed-use development in Providence, to be part of an exciting new lifestyle. We love living in Mosaic, it’s like being on vacation every weekend. The Mosaic District represents a vibrant and smart way forward, and it’s generating an extra $6.6 million in real estate taxes this year.

I believe that, when done right, new development can serve our growing population in all age groups, enhance our quality of life, reduce traffic congestion, improve the environment, and help preserve existing stable neighborhoods by lessening tax burdens on homeowners. There are several areas that will be seeking redevelopment in the coming years, including Tysons, and having a Providence District Supervisor who understands how to make development work to improve the quality of our lives will be essential.

I bring decades of public service, problem-solving, and collaborative decision-making experience to the table, and I want to put that leadership to work for the people of Providence. With your help, we can create a bright future. I look forward to the conversations ahead and earning your support.

Edythe Kelleher


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