The most important election in the United States this year will culminate with the official voting on Election Day next Tuesday, November 2, when the three polling stations at City of Falls Church and everyone else in Virginia will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Virginia is one of only two states in the United States where major officers are running for office in 2021, and in this case, the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin, polls indicate that the race is currently underway. dead heat.
This is frustrating news for the state’s Democrats who have achieved consistent electoral gains in Virginia since 2000 to the point that they currently control the governor’s mansion and both houses of the state legislature.
While McAuliffe used her first term (2014-2018) to veto more than 130 bills, mostly against women’s rights, each year when Republicans held control of the legislature in Richmond. His vetoes have never been overturned, and they have not been necessary with the House of Delegates and state Senate bodies now Democratic-controlled over the past two years. But that could easily change with Tuesday’s election and the entire House of Delegates and half of the State Senate on the ballot next year.
This is therefore what is at stake in next Tuesday’s poll, which is particularly problematic for Democrats since it is the first major election, nationally, in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s solid electoral defeat in last November and his attempt to stay in power by advocating the infamous violence disruption of the certification of the final vote on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
If Trump’s preferred candidate in Tuesday’s election, Youngkin, wins, there is concern that it will ignite the perpetuation and escalation of the kind of Trumpian electoral disruption methods that exploded last January. The validity of all future US elections should subsequently be called into question.
While this is singularly the most important question on the ballot next week, there are also important elections for city council and school board positions in the church in the town of Falls. Four of the seven seats of each organ are contested in this election.
Already so far, according to Falls Church Registrar David Bjerke, a whopping 23% of eligible voters voted Tuesday night with an advance or no excuse vote, and another 90 people had already voted by noon yesterday.
For city council, as three incumbents seek new four-year terms — David Snyder, Marybeth Connelly, and Debbie Shantz-Hiscott, in order of their current term on council — out of a total of six candidates, it is not the same for the race for the school board, which has become the most controversial.
There are no holders or former holders of office among the seven candidates running in this race.
In the race for Council, Snyder has made a point of pursuing a seventh term on Council as his work over the past decades has helped the Little Town rank third in the entire United States. by US News and World Report for its overall quality. of life. This is to the credit of all the incumbents, and three others – Scott Diaz, Caroline Lian and Stuart Whitaker – are essentially vying for the only free seat. (First-term incumbent Ross Litkenhous is the only current Council member not running for re-election this fall.)
In the race for the school board, where no incumbent is running this year, the seven candidates for the four seats in the running have worked hard, none of them having previously held a public office.
The nominees, all of whom compete in fully entered races, are (in alphabetical order) Jerrod Anderson, Coutney Mooney, David Ortiz, Ilya Shapiro, Lori Silverman and Kathleen Tysse.
All spoke at length about the effects of the impact of last year’s Covid-19 pandemic on FC schools, and like their Council candidate counterparts, had many opportunities provided to them in News- Press to publish their views, including with a special Falls Section of the League of Church Voters and News-Press inviting everyone to submit approximately 500 words for publication. Some have also chosen to remove display ads from this newspaper.
Additionally, during last Thursday’s virtual candidate debate online, 112 citizens streamed the event live, according to CBC President Hal Lippman, and the event remains accessible to citizens online.
Two of the candidates – Courtney Mooney and Ilya Shapiro – were among the most vocal critics of how the school board and superintendent Dr Peter Noonan weathered last year’s Covid-19 crisis. (There are road signs around town calling for the eviction of the entire school board.)
Shapiro added that “the credibility of the board was lost during the school name change process.” He also criticized the board for “submitting too much to the superintendent”, adding that there had been “turns to cover” loopholes.
Silverman said she wanted to be “a reasonable and thoughtful voice, not antagonistic,” and Tysse called for “collaboration and mutual trust.” Gould added he didn’t want “caustic relationships,” noting that with the pressures of the past year, “teachers are exhausted” while Mooney said the board “should reflect the community.”
Silverman, Tysse and Gould all spoke about the benefits for teachers of the state’s new law allowing collective bargaining, while Ortiz called for a rotation of board members to visit the city’s five public schools. each month.
Anderson spoke of “teacher burnout,” the shortage of bus drivers, the loss of enrollments down 150 from last year, and the low pass rate in math in sixth grade.
Tysse said council has made many tough decisions in good faith over the past year, and said the issue of affordable housing and its impact on the lack of diversity in the community cannot be ignored as an issue. of the school board.
The final News-Press notices appear on page 6 of this edition.