History promised Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) that her reelection bid to Virginia’s House of Delegates would be close; no matter how much money Republicans pumped into Craig Parisot’s campaign in the final days.
Last Tuesday, Nov. 3, Murphy defeated Parisot (R) by a final count of 10,820 votes to 10,632, less than one percent of voters in the 34th District.
“We all knew it would be close,” said Parisot.
The morning after the election, Parisot sent a legal team to observe a canvas held in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, which are represented by the 34th district, to ensure the election’s authenticity.
“After determining that results were marked correctly, the tapes were valid and provisional ballots were taken into consideration, I found no reason to contest the outcome,” he said. “Simply put, it was just a close race.”
Murphy has described her emotions taking the oath of office in Richmond, thinking about her past predecessors, historical predecessors who have served Virginia.
“It is an honor to represent the 34th district in the General Assembly and I am so grateful to my constituents for entrusting me with a second term.”
--Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34)
After last Tuesday’s victory she said, “It is an honor to represent the 34th district in the General Assembly and I am so grateful to my constituents for entrusting me with a second term,” said Murphy. “I will continue to work with both Democrats and Republicans to strengthen our economy, keep our schools world-class, and protect our communities and children from the spread of gun violence.”
This election was a rematch of the special election triggered last November 2014 when Barbara Comstock (R) was elected to U.S. Congress.
Murphy received 51.23 percent of the vote, and defeated Parisot who received 48.63 percent of the vote.
The 34th District has a history of close elections.
In 2013, Murphy lost to Barbara Comstock 50.64 percent to 49.21 percent. Murphy received 14,540 votes to Comstock’s 14,962.
In 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney literally tied in the district, each receiving 18,688 votes, according to Virginia Public Access Project.
“I have no regrets and would only change one thing if I could -- the outcome,” said Parisot.
OTHER ELECTIONS last Tuesday weren’t as close, but were closely watched.
Long-time Herndon resident Jennifer Boysko (D) will succeed Tom Rust (R) as 86th District delegate, who announced his retirement last spring.
Boysko won the 86th District with 54.46 percent of the votes over Danny Vargas, who received 42.01 percent of the vote.
Election night, Boysko was greeted by thunderous applause as she joined her Assembly colleagues on stage at the Democratic victory party.
“It’s already been an incredible learning experience,” said Boysko, in an interview Tuesday night after election result announcements had been made.
“There’s a lot to do, but education kept coming up as a real priority.”
--Jennifer Boysko (D-86)
“I’ve talked to literally thousands of people in my district, listening to what they need, what are their concerns,” she said. “There’s a lot to do, but education kept coming up as a real priority.”
Vargas, Boysko’s opponent received large, late infusions of campaign money from Republicans, and had a total of $705,323, which he spent mostly on mailers and TV commercials attacking Boysko and inaccurately claiming she supports tolling of I-66.
"Even though we came up short tonight I want to thank all of our supporters and volunteers that have made this effort possible,” said Vargas in an election night statement. “I wish Delegate-elect Boysko well in serving our District."
Boysko served as Supervisor John Foust’s legislative aide, and worked on many Herndon issues.
“She’s an amazingly hard worker, she’s smart, she cares about people and doing great things, and she’s in public service for all the right reason,” said Foust.
FOUST was reelected to the Board of Supervisors for his third term, beating Jennifer Chronis, (R).
Foust has served on the Board the last eight years.
“I’m proud of the fact that after eight years people know me pretty well and know how I conduct myself as supervisor. I’m honored that they give me another opportunity.”
--Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville)
“I’m proud of the fact that after eight years people know me pretty well and know how I conduct myself as supervisor. I’m honored that they give me another opportunity,” he said.
Chronis ran for the first time.
"Thank you all for everything you have done for me and my team. Whether through your financial contributions, your volunteer hours, your encouragement and feedback, or your votes, every last one of you helped us in some way. For that, I am eternally grateful,” said Chronis.
Senator Barbara Favola was reelected for her second term, defeating challenger George Forakis.
“Dranesville has an amazingly talented team of public servants. We work well together, we will get a lot of good things done,” said Foust.
Updated, unofficial results:
District 34 House of Delegates Results
Kathleen J. Murphy (D)* : 10,820, 50.40%, $689,469 spent
Craig A. Parisot (R): 10,632, 49.52%, $748,827 spent
District 86 House of Delegates Results
Jennifer B. Boysko (D:) 8,283, 54.46%, $478,985 spent
Raul "Danny" Vargas (R): 6,390, 42.01%, $654,725 spent
Paul R. Brubaker (I): 526, 3.46%, $9,100 spent
Dranesville District Supervisor Results
John W. Foust (D)*: 15,017, 54.25%, $339,788 spent
Jennifer C. Chronis (R): 12,625, 45.61%, $350,160 spent
Now that the election is over, read what they had to say about priorities, positions and plans.
See Kathleen Murphy’s questionnaire here:
See Jennifer Boysko’s questionnaire here:
See John Foust’s questionnaire here: