FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Last minute efforts to get out the vote in Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Democratic primary are in full swing, with a number of candidates braving the rain to go canvassing on Monday.
The primary will be the first in decades for the position, after longtime Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova-- a Democrat-- decided not to seek a third term.
Four Democrats are squaring off for the chance to run against Republican Joe Galdo in November: Alicia Plerhoples, Jeff McKay, Tim Chapman and Ryan McElveen.
"I'm looking for strong Democrats who will do everything they can for the county and who will work their way up into Congress. And let's do something about Democrats taking more control," said Fairfax resident Donna Fricas, who hasn't yet made up her mind but said she'll "absolutely" be voting.
Plerhoples said more people are paying attention-- and more fresh faces are running-- because of what is happening at the federal level.
"It's a direct reaction to what we're seeing out of the White House. And people are feeling frustrated with Washington and federal level politics and so they think, you know, what can they do at the state and local level," said Plerhoples.
So the campaigns are urging voters out to the polls in what they said is a high-stakes election.
"The Board of Supervisors really touches people’s lives, everyday lives. Think about our public schools, think about housing, think about public transit parks, think about our parks and our libraries, these are things that the Board of Supervisors controls and people should really pay attention locally much more than I think some things that are happening in D.C.," said Plerhoples.
Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.