Three Candidates Running for 86th District Delegate

Two Democrats, one Republican are running for the 86th district; Democratic primary is June 11.

Two Democratic candidates, Jennifer Boysko and Herb Kemp, are running against Republican incumbent Tom Rust for 86th district House of Delegates. 

Before November's general election, Boysko and Kemp will square off in the June 11 primary later this spring. Here's the basics about each of the candidates, and where you can find more information. 


• Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, lived in Alabama for a number of years as a teen, and is a graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke.
• First job was for US Senator Richard Shelby. She also worked as a legislative assistant for Bayless, Boland, Madigan and Barrett on policy issues such as NAFTA, telecommunications deregulation, and alternative fuels, among others. 
• Moved to Herndon in 1996, with her husband and two daughters. 
• Served as the Herndon aide to Dranesville representative John Foust from 2008 to January 2013. 
• Has worked with many Herndon organizations including: Council for the Arts of Herndon, Herndon High School PTSA, Herndon High School Sports Boosters, the Herndon Fortnightly Club, Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, Reston Interfaith, Herndon Youth Optimist, and more. 

Find out more: 
- Jennifer Boysko's website
- Jennifer Boysko on Facebook
- Jennifer Boysko on Twitter
Email Jennifer Boysko


• Retired from the US Air Force in 2001. 
• President and CEO of OneAlpha Corporation in Herndon. 
• Earned his master's degree from University of Southern California and his bachelor's from West Virginia University. Also attended the Foreign Service Institute, Air War College Seminar Program, the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, and the Defense Intelligence College at the School of Attaché Training. 
• Has worked with organizations including: Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council, Air Force Association, Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, and the Alliance to End Gun Violence - Herndon/Reston, among others. 
• Kemp's core values include patriotism, integrity, family, hard work, and high ethical principles. 

Find out more:
- Herb Kemp's website
- Herb Kemp on Facebook
- Herb Kemp on Twitter
Email Herb Kemp


• Has served as 86th district delegate since 2002, and served as mayor of Herndon for 19 years. 
• Was born in Front Royal. Moved to Herndon in 1965, graduated from Herndon High School, and has a wife, daughter, two stepsons and two grandchildren. 
• Received his bachelor's from Virginia Tech and has a master's degree from George Washington University, as well as a master's from University of Virginia.
• Has worked with area organizations including: Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council, Northern Virginia Community Foundation and Fairfax Committee of 100, among others. 
• Is a civil engineer and vice chairman at Pennoni's Chantilly office. 

Find out more:
- Tom Rust's website
- Tom Rust on Facebook 
- Tom Rust on Twitter
- Email Tom Rust

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ADSinNoVA March 12, 2013 at 02:57 PM
These are solid, substantive, serious candidates for an important job. No matter which way your views land, it is going to be refreshing to have our 86th district election short on demagoguery and long on issues vital to our area and the Commonwealth.
Mark Gunderman March 12, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Delegate Tom Rust represents Herndon, Oak Hill and Sterling in the Virginia General Assembly. Tom Rust is a former mayor of the town of Herndon and has been serving the 86th district since 2001. Rust was first elected to the Herndon Town Council in 1971 where he served until he was elected Mayor of the Town of Herndon in 1976, a position he held until 1984. He was elected Mayor again in 1990 and served until 2001. In 2001, Rust was elected Delegate for the 86th District with 63% of the vote against Jim Kelly. A civil engineer, Rust has served on the Committees on Transportation, Education, Science and Technology, and Commerce and Labor. His notable legislation includes allowing the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish a Statewide Transportation plan using highway corridors for long-term, regional planning. Awards Herndon Jaycees, Man of the Year (1979) Vecinos Unidos Recognition for Assistance to Hispanic Youth (1997) Who’s Who in the United States (1998) Best of Herndon-Dulles Award(1999) Patrick Henry Award(2001) Virginia Tech, Academy of Distinguished Alumni for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering(2001) Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance’s “Dust, Blood and Sweat” Award(2007) Committee for Dulles “Tower of Dulles Award” (2007) Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award(2007) Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence(2008)


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