I was very interested to see how the vote for school board candidates would go at this week's FCRC meeting. The Patch has a good story up about our three nominees: Lolita Mancheno-Smoak, Lin-Dai Kendall, and Sheree Brown-Kaplan. Three women, two of whom are minorities, make for fresh blood in the party ranks. And when you thrown in Sheila Ratnam, who could be the first elected official of Indian decent to be elected in Fairfax County, you have local candidates that are Republicans who seem to be much more representative of the county's diveristy. The Democrats seem to resemble a sheet of white muffins compared to this. Not that I personally believe in identity politics, its just fun when we can throw it back in their faces.
The Patch references Steve Stuban, a father who's son committed suicide in party because of the county school systems harsh disciplinary standards. What I hear is that since Stuban, an active duty military man, was Hatch Act'd so his campaign was largely run by Pat Herrity's operation. Its interesting to see the power in the county committee conservatives have now since Kendall, it seems, was the one who beat him and she is a favorite of the more conservative faction in the party. I'll be interested to see if this is just an anomoly or a sort of marker we can use to see how the county committee will vote in other contested races (like county chairman, for example).