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Virginia Election 2013: Marcus Simon Elected to House of Delegates

It looked Tuesday night as if Robert LaJeunesse, with the least number of votes — 2,449 votes — would be the "odd man out" with five people running for four seats on the Falls Church City Council.

Falls Church Community Center, Ward 3 was seeing a steady stream of voters on Election Day Tuesday morning. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Falls Church Community Center, Ward 3 was seeing a steady stream of voters on Election Day Tuesday morning. Photo by Mary Ann Barton
Falls Church and Fairfax County residents in Virginia's 53rd District Tuesday elected Democrat Marcus Simon to the House of Delegates.

The 53rd District gets most—82 percent—of its residents from Fairfax County. Simon will take over a seat held by Jim Scott, who served in the House of Delegates from 1992 to 2013. 

The unofficial results for the delegate race, from the State Board of Elections, with 19 of 19 precincts reporting as of about 11 p.m., showed the vote breakdown:

House of Delegates District 53
W. Brad Tidwell: 5,825 Votes/28.95%
Marcus Simon: 13,420 Votes/66.71%
Anthony Tellez: 840 Votes/4.18%

It looked Tuesday night as if Robert LaJeunesse, with the least number of votes — 2,449 votes — would be the "odd man out" with five people running for four seats on the Falls Church City Council.

Other results in Falls Church:

Sheriff (unopposed)
Stephen Bittle: 4,022 Votes
Write-in: 108

Commissioner of Revenue (unopposed)
Thomas Clinton: 4,300 Votes
Write-in: 25

Treasurer (unopposed)
Catherine Kaye: 4,241 Votes

Member City Council (4 of 4 precincts reporting)
Marybeth Connelly: 3,515 Votes
Robert LaJeunesse: 2,449 Votes
Karen Oliver: 2,787 Votes
David Snyder: 3,234 Votes
Daniel "Dan" Sze: 2,745 Votes
Write-in: 102

Member School Board
Michael Ankuma: 2,915 Votes/23.90%
John Lawrence: 3,062 Votes/25.11%
Margaret Ward: 3,115 Votes/25.54%
Lawrence Webb: 3,048 Votes/24.99%

Member School Board - Special
Susan Kearney: 3,513 Votes/99.46%

Referendum on Proposed Sale of City's Water System: 4,139 Yes/87.93%
568 No/12.07%

Election Day in Falls Church:
Falls Church residents headed to the polls Tuesday with quite a bit more on the ballot than the statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Turnout was steady, with City of Falls Church Registrar Dave Bjerke reporting a 46 percent turnout as of 5 p.m.

The Falls Church Community Center, site of the Ward 3 precinct, was doing a bustling business Tuesday as Falls Church voters streamed in to make their choices on the ballot. Outside, GOP and Democrat supporters mingled, greeting voters with pamphlets and flyers.


Falls Church resident Dotty Clayton, along with Jerry Gibbon and Charlie Ayoub, gathered on a corner of the sidewalk keeping warm in the chilly morning air, handing out literature for the GOP.

"Ken Cuccinelli is a very good man," said Clayton. "There've been a lot of lies told about him by the opposition."

"He's got the experience and he's home-grown," said Gibbon of Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican attorney general running for governor.

When asked how he expected the election to turn out today? Ayoub had one word: "Victory!"

A few feet away, Richard Snyder, a lawyer in Tysons, handed out campaign literature for his father, Dave Snyder, an incumbent on the Falls Church City Council who was re-elected Tuesday. Richard Snyder showed Patch a photo of himself as a 10-year old boy on the literature. "The whole family — we're kind of the campaign staff," he said.

Next to Snyder: Dan Maller, a Falls Church resident and former City Council member, was educating voters about the City of Falls Church Water Referendum. "About 5,000 people will probably vote today, I expect 1,000 to vote against it," he said. It passed.

Many on the ballot, including Tom Clinton, were running unopposed this year. Clinton ran for his fourth term as the city's Commissioner of Revenue and was at Ward 3 talking to voters outside Tuesday. His only competition? Potential write-in votes. "There are always a few Mickey Mouses and Donald Ducks," he joked.

Voters Irene and Reid Chamber said they came out to vote Tuesday to "keep Falls Church from becoming Ballston." 

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