Major Election in Fairfax County on November 5, 2019 

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Each year in Virginia we vote. This year, like every four years, we select 53 elected offices representing us across Fairfax County and in the Virginia General Assembly!

But this election is special and your vote is vital! For the first time in decades, many seats are competitive meaning you have choices in who represents you.

How and when to vote

Decide where and when you’ll vote – you have three options:

  1. In-person on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6am – 7pm, at your regular polling place (look it up here). Bring a government-issued photo ID.
  2. Early absentee voting in-person at specific locations and times until November 2, 2019 at 5pm. More info here.
  3. Absentee voting via U.S. Mail. Apply for a ballot by October 29, 2019 at 5pm. More info here.

*Voting is not possible via the Internet or Smart Phones*

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About Fairfax County, the Hunter Mill District, and how education is funded

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Fairfax County is organized into nine magisterial districts. Hunter Mill is one of these districts. The district covers Reston, most of Vienna, and some of Herndon. Here is more info on Hunter Mill and all Fairfax districts:

Each year, Fairfax County’s budget is governed and established by the Board of Supervisors. The Board collects revenue (taxes) that pays for county services, including public schools, early childhood supports, police and fire, libraries, parks, and more. Currently, revenue can only be collected by the taxes that homeowners pay – the personal property tax. The ability to collect revenue is granted by the Virginia General Assembly. Fairfax County cannot decide on its own to implement new taxes – it must get a law passed at the state level to do so.

Add a headingThe Fairfax County School Board does not have the ability to raise revenue. It must work annually with the Board of Supervisors to come to an agreement on the budget that is available to the schools. The School Board is an extension of community advocacy to the Board of Supervisors, while also seeking to work collaboratively on budget needs. The budget is developed largely between January through May each year, with the most vital work happening by March.

Each magisterial district has a representative on the Board of Supervisors and on the School Board. However, the Boards are not identical in make up. The Board of Supervisors has one representative for each magisterial district, plus an at-large chairperson (10 seats). The School Board has one representative for each magisterial district, plus three at-large seats and a rotating chairperson assignment (12 seats). 

Melanie is seeking the Hunter Mill district seat on the School Board, which will not have an incumbent in 2019. All seats on the School Board and all seats on the County Board are up for re-election in November 2019.

Since the Board of Supervisors controls the public dollars and the School Board does not, it makes for a complex budget process. Melanie wants to make this annual process work better for all of us.