Allow me to introduce you all to Steve Stombres, who is running for one of the six seats on the Fairfax City Council. For the last four years the City Council has had no change, but this year will be very different. Two incumbents, Scott Silverthorne and Gail Lyon, are retiring leaving two spots open. That doesn't happen very much, I believe the last opening was when Chap Petersen was elected to the House of Delegates. For those who don't know, the Council is nonpartisan (supposedly), and all seats are elected at-large. Right now, the make-up is roughly 50-50 in terms of ideology; though its fluid. Because of the non-partisan nature of the elections, the councilmembers aren't conventional like they would be on a county Board of Supervisors.
I met Steve Stombres for the first time two weeks ago and came away very impressed. Fairfax City is a very insular community, and outsiders have sometimes have a hard time cracking into the place. Its more about being part of the community than being of a certain political persuasion. Steve has been a part of this community for a long time and seems like just the candidate that Republicans in this area need to cultivate. Today's councilman is tommorow's state senator (ask Chap about that). Steve has worked for years on the hill working for good Republican congressmen and knows how politics and governing works. He's a great combination of public policy experience and understanding of local issues. He'll make a great councilman, and I encourage all Republicans and independents to give him your support.