Vienna Voters Guide

A guide to candidates and races in the Nov. 8 elections

Residents will choose new state and local representation Nov. 8.

Here’s your complete guide to who’s running to represent Vienna. For all of our election stories from this year, visit our Elections Page.

Where and When to Vote

Due to statewide redistricting, some voters may be going to a different polling location than in past years, even if the voter has not moved.


Vienna's residents will be selecting a state senator, house delegates, and Fairfax County schools and government officials.


Culipher, Petersen: State Senate – District 34
a Democrat, is facing a challenge from

Petersen (website, Facebook, Twitter) has served in the Virginia State Senate since 2008.

Culipher (Facebook, Twitter) is a lawyer and law professor.

For videos from the Vienna debate between Petersen and Culipher,

Forrest, Howell: State Senate – District 32

Republican (website, Facebook, Twitter) is running against incumbent Democrat (website, Facebook).

Forrest is a former senior official in the Department of Homeland Security. Howell is a current senator; she has served since the early 1990s.

Comstock, Danner: House of Delegates – District 34

Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock is running against Democrat Pamela Danner. Comstock (website, Facebook, Twitter) was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2009. Danner (website, Facebook, Twitter) is an attorney, small business owner and has served in many local leadership capacities.

Keam: House of Delegates – District 35
Democrat Mark Keam (website, Facebook, Twitter) is running unopposed. He has served in the House of Delegates since 2010.

Cannon, Plum: House of Delegates – District 36

, a Republican, is challenging Democrat incumbent

Cannon (website, Facebook) is the executive director of a business trade organization. 

Plum (website) served in the House of Delegates from 1978 to 1980, and from 1982 until now.


Vienna residents are in the Hunter Mill and Providence Fairfax County Board of Supervisors districts

Board of Supervisors Chair

Incumbent (website, Facebook, Twitter)is being challenged by Republican (website, Facebook), Independent candidate Will Radle (YouTube, Facebook) and Independent candidate Christopher DeCarlo (website).

Hunter Mill District Supervisor

Incumbent Catherine Hudgins (website) is running unopposed.

Providence District Supervisor

, a Democrat, has served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2004. is her challenger. Miriam Erickson, also a Republican, withdrew from the race earlier this year.

Fairfax County Sheriff

Republican is facing current in this election. Cooper (website, Facebook) is a former deputy sheriff lieutenant.  Barry (website) has been Fairfax County Sheriff for 12 years.


Seven candidates are running for at-large seats on the Fairfax County school board. In addition, voters will choose school board representatives for the Hunter Mill district.

At-Large Candidates

Sheree A. Brown-Kaplan (, )
Lin-Dai Y. Kendall ()
Lolita I. Mancheno-Smoak (, )
Ryan L. McElveen (, )
Ilryong Moon (, )
Steven M. F. Stuban (, )
Theodore J. "Ted" Velkoff (, )

Hunter Mill District

is running against for the seat previousy occupied by Stu Gibson.

Providence District

Incumbent Patty Reed is running unopposed. Reed has served on the board of supervisors since 2009.


Raymond Morrogh, a Democrat, is running unopposed. Morrogh (website) has been CA since 2007.


Voters may vote for up to three people for the position of Soil and Water Conservation Director, Northern Virginia District. The candidates are:

Thomas Cranmer

Johna Good Gagnon

George W. Lamb

Peter Marchetti

John W. Peterson

For a look at each candidate,


Included on the Nov. 8 general election ballot is a referendum for a $252.75 million school bond to fund Fairfax County Public School's 2012-16 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Each year Fairfax County Public Schools develops a five-year CIP to address future facility needs, including renovations of existing facilities and building of new facilities. 

For a breakdown of projects included in the CIP,

To read the transcript of Patch's chat about this year's bond with Kevin Sneed, director of design and construction for FCPS,

Phil Ingrassia November 07, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Make that Comstock! -- no disrespect intended!
Scott Chronister November 08, 2011 at 04:25 AM
As most people with children in Fairfax County Public Schools know, education and not politics is the most important thing to ensuring our children are prepared for their futures. This year, a number of advocacy groups are playing an important role in educating voters about the importance of the school board election and the candidates. The Fairfax County Coalition of Advocates for Public Schools (FairfaxCAPS) focuses on educational excellence, fiscal responsibility, and accountability in FCPS. FairfaxCAPS is endorsing the following candidates: At-Large: Steve Stuban At-Large: Lolita Mancheno-Smoak At-Large: Sheree Brown-Kaplan Braddock: Megan McLaughlin Dranesville: Louise Epstein Hunter Mill: Nancy Linton Mason: Sandy Evans Mt. Vernon: Michele Nellenbach Providence: Patty Reed Springfield: Elizabeth Schultz Sully: Sheila Ratnam Please support the FairfaxCAPS slate on November 8. Help ensure that the new School Board will be responsive to constituents and community concerns as together we work to ensure that Fairfax County Public Schools is a benchmark public school system where all students excel. For more information about school board candidates and the on the 2011 Fairfax County School Board election, visit www.FairfaxCAPS.org.
Will Radle November 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
I am proud and thankful Democratic and Republican senators and delegates helped put me on the ballot for Fairfax County Chairman. I am honored Independent Greens trust me to address their concerns for more trains, less traffic and smarter energy. If you have not already checked out my latest Patch blog post, please let me share the message people told me throughout Fairfax County and why I am working to help Create a Culture of Listening: http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening Thank you for making an informed decision on November 8. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Michele Menapace November 08, 2011 at 02:46 PM
The mission of Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform is to transform the punitive Fairfax County Public School discipline system into one that is restorative, educational, therapeutic and fair, by working with affected families, FCPS, county staff, civil rights advocates, child development specialists, and legal representatives. The following candidates have been endorsed by FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org. They have demonstrated a commitment to creating a reformed, restorative, and respectful discipline process in Fairfax. All the candidates have stated their desire for transparency, accountability, and respect for community engagement by groups such as ours. FZTR expects the future school board to provide significantly more robust oversight of FCPS staff. FZTR is a non-partisan organization and these candidates span the political spectrum. All these candidates (but Linton) are also formally endorsed by leading teachers associations. We want qualified, honorable candidates regardless of any party endorsements. At Large: Steve Stuban, Sheree Brown-Kaplan, Lolita Mancheno-Smoak Braddock: Megan McLaughlin Dranesville: Louise Epstein Hunter Mill: Pat Hynes & Nancy Linton Mason: Sandy Evans Mt. Vernon: Dan Storck Providence: Patty Reed Springfield: Elizabeth Schultz Sully: Sheila Ratnam No endorsement in Lee.
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