Thursday, June 28, 2012
New mayor's remarks at Fairfax swearing-in event.
Mayor Lederer, Members of the City Council, Members of the School Board, Treasurer Maloney, Commissioner of the Revenue Johnson, Clerk of the Court Frey, Senator Petersen, Delegate Bulova, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: The last eight weeks have been overwhelming. It is with heartfelt appreciation for your confidence and trust as I become the tenth individual to ever serve as mayor of the City of Fairfax. Some of you have heard me say before that there is no higher honor than serving as member of your city council. Well, that was until this evening. I’ve known many mayors – first and foremost the man who raised me – my late father Frederick Silverthorne who served as mayor from 1978-1982. My father taught me the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
City gets a new mayor and a new council member.
Fairfax City voters chose new leadership and added a brand new member to the council Tuesday. Scott Silverthorne followed in his father's footsteps to become mayor, while Michael DeMarco won his first ever term on the council. "Politics in the City of Fairfax is a family business," Silverthorne told the Old Town Hall crowd after the last votes were counted. He thanked his 87-year-old mother, who trekked from Arizona to be with him on election night. Bette Silverthorne presented her son with the gavel his father used during his two terms as mayor starting in 1978. David Meyer won the most votes of the council candidates. He pledged to lead the council in helping the less fortunate within the city limits, "from those on free and reduced …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Both are running for mayor.
Candidates Jerry O'Dell and Scott Silverthorne talk about why they think they are the best choice for the mayor of Fairfax City. Footage shot at Cobbdale Candidates Night on Wednesday. Read the story here. Click the thumbnail to watch the video.
Council and mayoral candidates talk about Fairfax City's traffic woes.
Cobbdale residents heard candidates talk about their campaign issues at the Henry Masonic Lodge on Oak Street Wednesday night. Along with the familiar mentions of economic growth and water, they discussed traffic, an issue that had only been glossed over in previous debates. Candidates talked about rallying with regional forces to secure more funding from the state, building a bypass around the city and using traffic calming measures to mitigate problems within the city limits. Hosted by the Cobbdale Civic Association, the candidates night was a last chance to meet school board, council and mayoral runners in one go. A resident took the opportunity to ask what the candidates could do to alleviate traffic problems throughout the city. This …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Country Club Hills residents pose questions to the 2012 election line-up.
Fairfax City candidates discussed cyberbullying, fiscal responsibility and water with Country Club Hills residents Sunday. The Country Club Hills Civic Association hosted their own informal candidate meet and greet at the neighborhood's Commons on Spring Lake Terrace. Mayoral, council and school board candidates chatted with residents before lining up and answering questions from a small crowd. Here's a quick recap of the topics. Feel free to jump to the ones you're most interested in. Cyberbullying One resident asked for advice in dealing with a group of students using Twitter to harass his 12-year-old daughter. "We used to think of these problems as high school problems," candidate Toby Sorenson said, hinting at a larger issue with real…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Two candidates stand out at first debate night.
The 2012 Fairfax City mayoral and council candidates have similar goals. They believe in economic revitalization, emphasize a focus on Fairfax Boulevard and Old Town, and love the taste of Fairfax City water. But two candidates stood out from the crowd Thursday night at the American Legion Post 177 debate. Council candidate Gary Perryman portrayed himself as a common man standing up to preserve the small town nature of Fairfax. The 56-year Fairfax resident and Westmore Civic Association president cleaned up for his campaign. He cut his signature long hair, dressed up and still embraced his everyman roots throughout the debate. "I'm not a college graduate or a business man," he said, adding that his common-sense philosophy will likely …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Here's a list of Fairfax City candidates running for office this year.
This year's city election boasts three new candidates for council as well as a face-off between a City Hall veteran and a resident known for his comments at the public podium. Here's your 2012 Fairfax City Council and School Board candidate line-up, courtesy of the General Registrar. For mayor: For council: For school board Check Patch for more election coverage.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Mayor and city council support Silverthorne.
When Fairfax City Mayor Rob Lederer steps down at the end of June, he wants Councilman Scott Silverthorne to take his place. Lederer, along with the entire city council, came out to support Silverthorne's campaign kickoff at Red Hot & Blue on Sunday. So far no one has filed paperwork to run against Silverthorne. The deadline is 7 p.m. on March 6. Click the thumbnail to watch the video. Read more about Silverthorne here.
Monday, February 27, 2012
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The entire Fairfax City Council as well as local officials and fans crammed into Red Hot & Blue Sunday for Scott Silverthorne's campaign kickoff. Silverthorne, a current council member, hopes to take over retiring Mayor Rob Lederer's position after a May 1 election. He announced his candidacy last month. So far no one has filed paperwork to run against Silverthorne. The deadline is 7 p.m. on March 6. Click the thumbnails to watch the video.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The deadline to file all candidate paperwork is March 6.
So far there's only one Fairfax City Council candidate who has his paperwork turned into the city's registrar to run in the 2012 election. Michael DeMarco, Fairfax City resident and chairman of the city's Economic Development Authority, is officially on the ballot. This is his second time running for council. But he'll have some competition. "Catherine Read and Scott Silverthorne have filed a Certificate of Qualification, which basically states that if they were to run for local office, they meet the legal qualifications to be a candidate which we have verified," said General Registrar Kevin Linehan. "However, this is a pretty good indication they intend to run." Current council members Dan Drummond and Silverthorne made their campaign …