Here is an interesting line from departing Sterling Supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio’s, Web site:
Kathleen Murphy, Jennefer (sic) Boysko, John Bell, took all 3 of Sterling’s House of Delegate seats.
That’s a remarkable observation, partly because Boysko and Bell were two of the only three seats to change parties. Looking down the list, it now seems that absolutely all of the Sterling district’s elected representatives who ran as party nominees are Democrats, except one:
- Supervisor-elect Koran Saines
- Chairman-elect Phyllis Randall
- Delegate-elect John Bell
- Delegate-elect Jennifer Boysko
- Delegate Kathleen Murphy
- State senator Jennifer Wexton
- State senator Barbara Favola
- Attorney General Mark Herring
- Lt. Governor Ralph Northam
- Governor Terry McAuliffe
- Senator Tim Kaine
- Senator Mark Warner
- Vice-president Joe Biden
- President Barack Obama
The only Republican still representing Sterling is freshman member of Congress, Barbara Comstock, and she did not win a single precinct in the Sterling district[*]. (A quick, but not necessarily definitive, scan of results of the above races suggests that all of the people above won the Sterling district.)
This is finally it: Sterling is a thoroughly Democratic stronghold, with the leadership at the local level that it deserves.
[*] The astute politico will note that, actually, there are still several other Republicans who represent Sterling: the county’s constitutional officers. I’m giving myself the slack necessary to limit this post’s observations to people in law-making capacities (and Joe Biden).