Campaign update: Mount Vernon District Supervisor race
Just over eight weeks remain until early voting starts for the Nov. 7 general election, and both the Mount Vernon District and Franconia District races for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are shaping up to be three-way battles.
In the Mount Vernon District, incumbent Supervisor Dan Storck, a Democrat, will face competition from Republican Party candidate Richard Hayden and Independent candidate Christopher Morgan.
For many voters around the Richmond Highway Corridor, Hayden’s name will be familiar due to his past runs in 2019 and 2021 against State Delegate Paul Krizek in House of Delegates District 44 (now District 16). Hayden is a longtime Mount Vernon resident, former Bucknell Little League vice president and Boy Scouts leader who is active in the local Knights of Columbus and charitable activities. According to Hayden’s campaign website, some of his main priorities as Supervisor would include reducing the cost of living, improving local schools and increasing public safety.
Morgan, a Stratford Landing resident and community leader, has said that a few of his key areas of concern and focus include public safety, transportation and infrastructure issues, and fiscal responsibility. An active participant in local community meetings and events, Morgan posted a video message on social media in early July challenging Storck to a series of debates on community issues prior to the start of early voting. Morgan said he has yet to receive a response from Storck’s reelection campaign but is still exploring the feasibility of a debate with a couple of community organizations.
Storck, who kicked off his reelection campaign last December and defeated Maritza Zermeño in the June primary, is seeking a third term as Supervisor. He is highlighting his years of experience, thousands of community connections and proven track record of accomplishments and results. His vision, according to his campaign website, is to grow the economy, create new jobs and protect community heritage. He aims to do this by accelerating Route 1 improvements, bringing new high-tech jobs, empowering seniors to remain independent, requiring smart and green land-use policies, and pushing for more transit funding.
As far as potential debates among the candidates are concerned, Katherine Ward, co-chair of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations (MVCCA), told On the MoVe that MVCCA has not previously hosted debates or candidate forums because it is strictly non-partisan and non-political. The South County Federation, on the other hand, held a virtual candidate forum before the June primaries and is planning another one before the general election, according to executive committee president Nick Firth.
Earlier this year, the New Gum Springs Civic Association hosted an online public forum for candidates seeking to become the next Mount Vernon District Representative to the Fairfax County School Board.
More information about the Supervisor candidates’ stances on various issues can be found on the Fairfax Healthy Communities website. To date, On the MoVe has published a Q&A with candidate Morgan and will continue to post Q&As with candidates if and when responses are received.
Information on voting and upcoming elections can be found on the Fairfax County website.
Stay tuned for an update on the Franconia District Supervisor race.