Gar­vey wins board seat in spe­cial elec­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Demo­crat Libby T. Gar­vey won a spe­cial elec­tion Tues­day to fill the Ar­ling­ton County Board seat of state Sen. Bar­bara Favola, Ar­ling­ton Demo­crat, who left the post to serve in the Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The win pre­serves the party’s mo­nop­oly on the five-mem­ber board.

Ms. Gar­vey, a long­time county school board mem­ber, won 49 per­cent of the vote, beat­ing Re­pub­li­can Mark D. Kelly, who got 43.5 per­cent, and Green Party can­di­date Au­drey Clement, who re­ceived 7 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial re­sults.

Mr. Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Tim Huel­skamp, Kansas Re­pub­li­can, un­suc­cess­fully ran against county board mem­ber Chris Zim­mer­man in 2010. Ms. Clement lost in a race last fall against in­cum­bents Mary Hynes and Wal­ter Te­jada.

Ms. Gar­vey will have to run again Nov. 6 if she wishes to keep her seat, and faces a Demo­cratic pri­mary on June 12. Turnout on Tues­day was es­pe­cially light. About 12 per­cent of the county’s 122,882 ac­tive reg­is­tered vot­ers cast bal­lots.

“I think the vot­ers are worn out,” said county Trea­surer Frank O’leary, a long­time ob­server of lo­cal elec­tions.

Ms. Gar­vey al­ready has com­pe­ti­tion for June. Ter­ron Sims, who fin­ished third in a five-way nom­i­nat­ing cau­cus in Jan­uary, has filed to run, Mr. O’leary said.

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