“IN A county as sprawling and complex as Fairfax — more than 1 million people, a third of them foreign-born, in a 400-square-mile locality with a budget larger than that of several states — it’s a big deal when half the local governing body turns over. That’s what the county’s Board of Supervisors is facing, with four of the board’s 10 district supervisors, as well as the chairman, leaving their positions after decades of combined experience.
With the county having trended Democratic, most of the action to replace them is in that party’s primaries June 11; there are no contested Republican primaries for the board. The eventual winners will face an array of challenges: managing land use; improving transportation; preserving and expanding affordable housing; revitalizing older and poorer neighborhoods; and maintaining the county’s status as a magnet for companies and jobs to sustain and improve services, including for one of the nation’s biggest and best public school systems…
In the Hunter Mill District, where Supervisor Catherine Hudgins is retiring, the best candidate is Walter L. Alcorn, a formidable land-use expert widely admired for his work on the planning commission overseeing the county’s long-term blueprint to transform Tysons into a more walkable, livable downtown. No candidate is better equipped than Mr. Alcorn, who served on the county planning commission for 16 years, to negotiate the thorny debates over development in Reston, the district’s hub.”