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Competitive Race to Replace Retiring Supervisor Smith Kicks Off 
By Vernon Miles, Tysons Reporter

December 6, 2018

Just days after the Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth announced she wouldn’t be running for reelection next year, at least two candidates have stepped forward in a competitive race to fill that seat.


Along with Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova also announcing her retirement and Supervisor John Cook’s earlier decision not to run, the Providence District race opens up a chance to see new leadership at the county level... 


Palchik said her experience as a teacher and within the School Board has given her experience in handling the schools as well as planning issues... “This is a new era, I think we need a new vision,” said Dalia. “[We need to be] addressing needs of schools and kids. Land is tight… we have a lot of wealth as well as a lot of poverty.”

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Veteran Fairfax County supervisor announces her retirement
By Antonio Olivio, Washington Post

December 4, 2018 


Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth announced Tuesday that she will not seek reelection next fall, after a 15-year career in which she played an instrumental role in the redevelopment of Tysons Corner.

“It’s truly been a pleasure to work with all of you, but this will be my last term in office,” Smyth (D-Providence) told her fellow board members during a portion of the meeting allotted to issues that are not on the agenda.

On Tuesday, school board member Dalia Palchik announced she will run for Smyth’s seat as a Democrat. Erika Milena Yalowitz, 39, a Democrat who is vice president of the Providence District Council of homeowner groups, has already announced her candidacy.

“I’d like to thank Linda Smyth for her tireless efforts on behalf of Providence District,” Palchik said in a statement. “I’m running for Providence District Supervisor and I will formally announce it next week.”

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