June 3, 2019
Are Moms Who Run For Office Held To A Different Standard Than Dads? Two Local Candidates Say Yes.
WAMU — First-time political candidate Larysa Kautz was excited when she got a call in late April from an editorial writer at The Washington Post this month. This was an opportunity to pitch her campaign for a seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and possibly land a coveted endorsement from the region’s newspaper of record.
But the phone interview with Post writer Lee Hockstader didn’t go as planned, Kautz says. After talking about why she was running and about her experience — she’s a Yale Law School grad and longtime tax attorney — the conversation turned to family.
“I talked about the importance of having the perspective of a working mom with young kids on the board, and there aren’t any with young kids,” says Kautz, who has a three-and-half-year-old son. “And he said, ‘Well, that’s because there are late night meetings and it’s hard work.’ At which point I had to put the phone on mute because I had to gather myself."
May 30, 2019
Endorsement: Larysa Kautz for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Lee District)
Blue Virginia — Fairfax County is a large jurisdiction (1.2 million people), with nine “magisterial districts” that are each, in some ways, their own feifdoms of whoever the Supervisor is there. Also, most of these magisterial districts are solid blue at this point, which means that the Democratic primary is basically the “ballgame.” In other words, if you don’t vote in the Democratic primary on June 11, you’re basically throwing away your chance of having a say in who your next Supervisor is, possibly for many years to come. Why would anyone do that? Got me.
Which brings us to Lee magisterial district in the southern part of Fairfax County, just north of Mt. Vernon district. Lee’s current Supervisor, Jeff McKay, is not running for reelection to that position, as he’s running for County Board Chair. Which means that this is an open seat, with four Democrats – Rodney Lusk, Larysa Kautz, James Migliaccio, Kelly Hebron – running to succeed McKay. Like a lot of these magisterial district races, Lee’s Democratic primary is not a clear-cut choice by any means, as there are four excellent Democrats running. But the reality is, voters can only choose one. And for what it’s worth, my recommendation is that Lee District Democrats choose Larysa Kautz on June 11.
May 28, 2019
The Washington Post Endorsed No Female Candidates in Fairfax. What’s Up With That?
Washingtonian— Hey, here’s a headline no one wants in 2019: “WaPo Endorses All Men in Fairfax County,” as the progressive blog Blue Virginia wrote Tuesday. And indeed, the Post‘s editorial board did endorse Jeff C. McKay, James R. Walkinshaw, Walter L. Alcorn, Rodney L. Lusk, and Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner for contested Democratic primaries in Board of Supervisor races on Monday. The dude-fest appears to be an anomaly: The Post endorsed women for the board in 2015 and in 2011.
Women who unsuccessfully sought the paper’s endorsements have another gripe. Both Alicia Plerhoples, who is running for chairman of the board, and Larysa Kautz, who is running for Lee District supervisor, say the Post asked them how they’d balance being a parent with the demands of their desired offices. “The very last question that the editorial board asked me during my endorsement interview was — ‘how will you be Chairman with two young children?'” Plerhoples writes on Facebook. “That says it all.”
Kautz also talks about getting passed over on her Facebook page: “To add insult to injury,” she writes, “I was informed during my interview with the WaPo editorial board that the reason that there are no women with young children on the Board of Supervisors is because ‘there are late night meetings, and it’s hard work.’”
May 28, 2019
WaPo Endorses All Men in Fairfax County; Reportedly Asked Female Candidate, “How will you be Chairman with two young children?”
Blue Virginia— I’m not disputing that the Washington Post’s endorsed candidates for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (James Walkinshaw in Braddock District, Rodney Lusk in Lee District, Walter Alcorn in Hunter Mill District, Phil Niedzelski-Eichner in Providence District, Jeff McKay for Chair) are all well qualified. However…it *is* striking that as we’re seeing – and for good reasons – a surge in female candidates here in Virginia and across the country, the WaPo’s editorial page (ok, yeah, it’s basically one guy, Lee Hockstader) decided to endorse an all-male slate in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ Democratic primaries on June 11 (just two weeks from now).
But even leaving that aside, the reported comments made by Hockstader et al to two of the female candidates – assuming Alicia Plerhoples’ and Larysa Kautz’s accounts are accurate (and I have no reason to doubt that they are) – are simply appalling. Check it out:
Plerhoples reports that they asked her, “how will you be Chairman with two young children?”
Kautz says that they lectured her about how “there are no women with young children on the Board of Supervisors…because ‘there are late night meetings, and it’s hard work’.”
May 1, 2019
Fairfax County Primary Environmental Forums and Debate
Blue Virginia— As an indicator of the (appropriately) increased attention that U.S. politics (or, well, at least the Democratic Party) is paying to the climate crisis, Fairfax County Supervisor primary candidates will participate in environmental forums in the coming two weeks.
North County Supervisor Candidate Forum on the Environment, 2 May, 7-9 pm, Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston
South County Supervisor Candidate Forum on the Environment, 9 May, 7-9 pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke
Candidates for Chair: Board of Supervisors Debate, May 13, 8:00 pm, Fairfax Public Access Channel 10 Inside Scoop
South County Forum
350 Fairfax, Friends of Accotink Creek, Our Revolution Northern Virginia, and partners will host the South County Supervisor Candidate Forum on the Environment on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Candidates for supervisor in the Braddock, Lee, Mason, Mount Vernon, and Springfield Districts have been invited to share their environmental and energy platform with constituents in Fairfax County.
May 1, 2019
Two Lee District candidate forums coming up
Covering the Corridor— The four candidates in the Democratic primary for Lee District Supervisor will be participating in two candidate forums in the coming days.
On Saturday morning, the candidates will be gather at the Franconia Governmental Center (see map) from 10 a.m. – noon as part of an forum put together by the Lee District Democratic Committee. The event is free and open to all Lee District voters, but the hosts ask that you do RSVP.
On Monday night the four candidates will return to the Franconia Governmental Center for another forum, this one put on by the Lee District Association of Civic Associations (LDACO). The event runs from 7-9 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Attendees can submit questions during the first hour and then hear from the candidates from 8-9 p.m.
April 29, 2019
Housing emerges as top issue in Lee District race
Covering the Corridor— It’s getting more and more expensive to live in Fairfax County, and the four candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Lee District Supervisor are well aware of that. Each has named housing as one of their top concerns — if not the top concern — in this year’s race.
That emphasis affordable housing was well-received by residents of the Jefferson Manor neighborhood, who hosted the four candidates for a meet-and-greet Saturday evening at Tanger Kabob House Cafe on Telegraph Road.
Kautz said housing was her number one priority. A first-generation American, Kautz talked about her own experiences growing up poor and how it informs her approach to the issue.
“I understand what it’s like to live with insecurity and not know if you and your family can stay in the same school district or in the same house because you’re not sure if you can pay the rent or the mortgage,” said Kautz.
April 26, 2019
Lee District race: Kautz tops in fundraising
Covering the Corridor— Larysa Kautz has the fundraising edge thus far in the Lee District Supervisor Democratic primary, outraising her nearest opponent by close to $18,000 through the first three months of the year, according to campaign finance filings made public last week.
Kautz, a Groveton resident who works as chief of staff and general counsel for the nonprofit Melwood, received $61,595 in donations through the end of March. More than $47,000 was from donations of more than $100, while $2,700 came from donations of $100 or less. In-kind donations made up the rest of Kautz’s total.
April 26, 2019
See what the four candidates for Fairfax’s Lee District think about the big issues
Greater Greater Washington— Fairfax County's Lee District ranges from the west side of Route 1 to Springfield and Newington. Current Supervisor Jeff McKay is vacating the seat to run for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. Four Democrats — Kelly Hebron, Larysa Kautz, Rodney Lusk, and James Migliaccio — want to take his place.
The Greater Greater Washington Elections Committee posed some questions to the candidates, along with other races in 10 Northern Virginia primary elections for General Assembly, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Commonwealth's Attorney. You can read the responses from Lee District candidates below. For lack of any better way to order them, we post the responses in the order they are submitted.
April 22, 2019
Should pedestrian underpasses be part of Route 1 widening project?
Covering the Corridor— Community members have until Friday to let the Virginia Department of Transportation know how they feel about two pedestrian underpasses being part of the Richmond Highway widening project. The underpasses would run beneath two new bridges that will need to be constructed as part of the widening project. One bridge would be built over Dogue Creek (between Jeff Todd Way and Sacramento Drive) and the other would be built over Little Hunting Creek (between Mount Vernon Highway and Napper Road).
State Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36) and Del. Paul Krizek (D-44) are each in favor of the underpasses, and they recency spent a Saturday morning canvassing neighborhoods near where the underpasses would be built. Three Lee District supervisor candidates — Larysa Kautz, Rodney Lusk and James Migliaccio — joined the state politicians as they talked to residents in the Spring Garden Apartments, Harmony Place Trailer Park, the Audubon Estates and other developments in the area.
April 15, 2019
Kautz Campaign Raises Over Forty Thousand Dollars in 2019
ALEXANDRIA—Today, disability rights advocate and Lee District Democratic Candidate, Larysa Kautz announced that her campaign raised over $40,000 in her latest quarter of fundraising. Kautz enters the final stretch of the primary with over $60,000 total raised since the launch of her campaign. With over 275 contributions this cycle, the majority of which are $100 or under and come from residents of Virginia, Kautz is running a robust grassroots based campaign.
April 3, 2019
Four Democrats vie for Lee District Supervisor in Virginia
Greater Greater Washington— As you may have heard by now, there are some important local elections in Virginia this year. Perhaps the one with the greatest impact will be for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
The person who many consider the leading (or at least establishment) candidate for Chairman of the board is Democrat Jeff McKay, who has been Supervisor of the Lee District since 2007. This article is not about the Chairman’s race however, but about the somewhat crowded race to succeed McKay as Supervisor.
So far four Democrats have declared their candidacy. No Republicans have yet been brave enough to throw their hat into the ring.
April 1, 2019
FINAL RESULTS: Who Do You Support in Contested County Board Races (Fairfax, Prince William, Loudoun Counties)
Blue Virginia— There was a lot of interest in our online Blue Virginia polls of Democratic primaries for House of Delegates and State Senate, so I figured I’d keep this going. Starting today, and running through Friday, we’ll be polling on contested Democratic County Board primaries in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. See below for the polls…and let the best candidate win!
March 20, 2019
Lee District candidates lay out cases in first forum
coveringthecorridor— The four candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee for Lee District supervisor participated in their first public forum Tuesday evening at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield. The event, hosted by the Springfield Civic Association, gave the candidates a chance to talk about why they’re running before answering a series of audience-submitted questions.
March 8, 2019
Kautz Calls For Name Change for Buildings Honoring Robert E. Lee
ALEXANDRIA— In an op-ed published today by Covering the Corridor, Larysa Kautz, candidate for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for Lee District, called on the current Board of Supervisors and School Board to change the names of Robert E. Lee High School and Robert E. Lee RECenter by 2020. She is requesting that the boards bring up these matters at their next meetings.
January 8, 2019
Kautz Becomes Champion for Green New Deal Virginia
ALEXANDRIA—Larysa Kautz is honored to be a Champion for Green New Deal Virginia, working with co-chairs, Lee Williams, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter and Karen Campblin, VSC NAACP. This Coalition is focused on breaking down silos around economic, environmental, and social justice issues that impact Virginia. #GreenNewDealVA
January 5, 2019
Kautz Speaks at Fairfax Delegation Hearing
ALEXANDRIA—Larysa Kautz spoke to the Fairfax County State Delegation about the impact of the Dillon Rule on Fairfax County's ability to provide services and develop important initiatives.
December 22, 2018
Top 28 Virginia Political Stories of 2018
BlueVirginia—#17 Having served for over a decade, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova (D) announced that she will retire after her current term ends next year. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay (D) announced he is running for that job, as does Tim Chapman (D). At least two candidates so far (Larysa Kautz and Rodney Lusk) have announced for McKay’s seat.
December 21, 2018
Larysa Kautz Announces Campaign For Lee District Supervisor Seat
The Patch—Larysa Kautz, a lawyer and disability rights advocate from Groveton, announced she is seeking the Lee District Supervisor seat in 2019. A Democrat, she is the first candidate to make the announcement for the seat.
December 21, 2018
Groveton’s Larysa Kautz to run for Lee District supervisor seat
Fort Hunt Herald—Tax and corporate law specialist Larysa Kautz of Groveton is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for the Lee District supervisor seat held by Jeff McKay since 2008, announcing her intention to run on Dec. 20, 2018.
December 20, 2018
Groveton resident announces candidacy for Lee District Supervisor
coveringthecorridor—Larysa Kautz, a Groveton resident who serves as chief of staff for the non-profit organization Melwood, announced Thursday that she is running for Lee District supervisor as a Democrat.
December 20, 2018
Kautz Announces Candidacy for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
ALEXANDRIA—Larysa Kautz of Groveton has declared her intention to run for the Lee District seat on Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors in 2019, as serving Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay confirms that he won’t seek re-election for the district seat in order to run for chairman of the Board.
December 19, 2018
Kautz Kick-Off Scheduled
ALEXANDRIA—You are invited to the Kautz Campaign's Kick-Off event on the last Saturday of January!
The Kautz Kick-Off event has been scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the El Paso restaurant at 6151 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22303.
Hosts include Rigoberto and Roy Gomez, owners of the El Paso chain of Virginia restaurants; Alicia Plerhoples, candidate for Fairfax County School Board, Dranesville District; and Francey Youngberg, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
This event is free and everyone is invited! Space is limited so please let us know you're coming.