Herndon Voters Guide

We've got the information you need to know to get to the polls this year.

• Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on Oct. 17. We'll keep pulling it to the front page occassionally from now until election day so readers can learn more about what's on the ballot. 

Elections for state and local officials are Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Here’s your complete guide to who’s running to represent Herndon residents. For all of our election stories from this year, go to herndon.patch.com/topics/participate.

Where and When to Vote

The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 17. If you’re registering in person, the deadline is by 4:30 p.m. If you’re mailing it, it should be postmarked Oct. 17.

Due to statewide redistricting, some voters may be going to a different polling location than in past years, even if the voter has not moved.  

Complete information on absentee voting is available on the Fairfax County government website.



Herndon residents will be selecting a state senator, house delegates, and Fairfax County schools and government officials.

Favola, Merrick: State Senate – District 31

Republican Caren D. Merrick (website, Facebook, Twitter), a technology entrepreneur, is challenging Democrat (website, Facebook, Twitter), a longtime Arlington County board member. They are competing for retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple’s seat representing the 31st district. 

Herring, Phillips: State Senate – District 33

Incumbent Democrat Mark Herring (website, Facebook) is facing a challenge from Republican Patricia Phillips. Herring has served in the state senate since 2006. Phillips (website, Facebook), a nutritionist who has worked for Fairfax County Public Schools and the Department of Agriculture, started her own business in 1985. She ran against Herring in 2007.

Rust: House of Delegates – District 86

Republican Tom Rust (website, Facebook, Twitter) is running unopposed.


Local residents are in the Dranesville District of Fairfax County.

Board of Supervisors Chair

Incumbent (website, Facebook, Twitter) is being challenged by Republican (website, Facebook), Independent candidate Will Radle (YouTube, Facebook) and Independent candidate Christopher DeCarlo (website).

Dranesville District Supervisor

Incumbent John Foust (website, Facebook) is facing a challenge from Republican Dennis Husch (website, Facebook).

Fairfax County Sheriff

Republican is facing current in this election. Cooper (website, Facebook) is a former deputy sheriff lieutenant. Barry (website) has been Fairfax County Sheriff for 12 years, though there is some controversy over as it relates to his potential re-election.


Seven candidates are running for at-large seats on the Fairfax County school board. In addition, Herndon voters will choose a school board representative for the Dranesville school district. Some voters south of the town will vote for a school board representative in the Hunter Mill district. 

At-Large Candidates

Sheree A. Brown-Kaplan (, )
Lin-Dai Y. Kendall ()
Lolita I. Mancheno-Smoak (, )
Ryan L. McElveen (, )
Ilryong Moon (, )
Steven M. F. Stuban (, )
Theodore J. "Ted" Velkoff (, )

Dranesville School District

is running against incumbent .

Hunter Mill District

 is running against .

Bond Issue

Shall the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia, contract a debt, borrow money, and issue capital improvement bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $252,750,000 for the purposes of providing funds, in addition to funds from school bonds previously authorized and any other available funds, to finance, including reimbursement to the County for temporary financing for, the costs of school improvements, including acquiring, building, expanding and renovating properties, including new sites, new buildings or additions, renovations and improvements to existing buildings, and furnishings and equipment, for the Fairfax County public school system? (Yes or no.)  


Raymond Morrogh, a Democrat, is running unopposed. Morrogh (website) has been the CA since 2007. 


Voters may vote for up to three people for the position of Soil and Water Conservation Director, Northern Virginia District. The candidates are:

Thomas Cranmer
Johna Good Gagnon
George W. Lamb
Peter Marchetti
John W. Peterson

Jennifer Barton Boysko October 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Herndon High School PTSA will be sponsoring a non partisan candidates' forum for Dranesville, Hunter Mill and At-Large FCPS School Board Candidates on Oct. 27th at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall. The community is welcome to attend!
Leslie Perales Loges (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Thanks so much for posting the candidates forum info Jennifer! I included it in my Five Things today too, along with a link to the flyer. http://herndon.patch.com/articles/five-things-to-know-this-week-64244390
Will Radle November 08, 2011 at 04:38 AM
I am proud and thankful Democratic and Republican senators and delegates helped put me on the ballot for Fairfax County Chairman. I am honored Independent Greens trust me to address their concerns for more trains, less traffic and smarter energy. If you have not already checked out my latest Patch blog post, please let me share the message people told me throughout Fairfax County and why I am working to help Create a Culture of Listening: http://fairfaxstation.patch.com/blog_posts/creating-a-culture-of-listening Thank you for making an informed decision on November 8. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Michele Menapace November 08, 2011 at 02:55 PM
The mission of Fairfax Zero Tolerance Reform is to transform the punitive Fairfax County Public School discipline system into one that is restorative, educational, therapeutic and fair, by working with affected families, FCPS, county staff, civil rights advocates, child development specialists, and legal representatives. The following candidates have been endorsed by FairfaxZeroToleranceReform.org. They have demonstrated a commitment to creating a reformed, restorative, and respectful discipline process in Fairfax. All the candidates have stated their desire for transparency, accountability, and respect for community engagement by groups such as ours. FZTR expects the future school board to provide significantly more robust oversight of FCPS staff. FZTR is a non-partisan organization and these candidates span the political spectrum. All these candidates (but Linton) are also formally endorsed by leading teachers associations. We want qualified, honorable candidates regardless of any party endorsements. At Large: Steve Stuban, Sheree Brown-Kaplan, Lolita Mancheno-Smoak Braddock: Megan McLaughlin Dranesville: Louise Epstein Hunter Mill: Pat Hynes & Nancy Linton Mason: Sandy Evans Mt. Vernon: Dan Storck Providence: Patty Reed Springfield: Elizabeth Schultz Sully: Sheila Ratnam No endorsement in Lee.
Barbara Glakas November 08, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Some of the candidates you listed above are one-issue candidates who have indicated their anger over the discipline policy. Although there is nothing wrong with reviewing and, if needed, reforming the discipline policy, a school board member needs to be skilled and conversant with a wide variety of issues, including budget, facilities, personnel and staffing, instruction, testing and much more. We need smart, thoughtful school board members.


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