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Boysko, Vargas dueling to replace Tom Rust in Va. House’s 86th District

After losing her 2013 bid by just 54 votes out of more than 20,000 cast, Democrat Jennifer Boysko is making a second run for Richmond in Virginia's 86th House District.

But rather than facing the well-known Republican incumbent, former Herndon Mayor Tom Rust, Boysko this year squares off against Danny Vargas, a well-funded businessman making his first run for public office.

The founder of VARCom Solutions – a marketing communications, technology and management consulting firm – Vargas is the hand-picked successor for Rust, who decided not to seek re-election this year after serving in the House since 2002.

Boysko is a prominent Democrat who served as aide to Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, staffing Foust on matters of economic development, transportation and auditing, according to her campaign.

An Alabama native, Boysko said education is the number one issue she hears from voters at the doors.

“It’s also the issue I care about most deeply and one on which I have the most experience,” Boysko said. “We need to expand pre-K, make full-day kindergarten available to every child, lower class sizes and increase teacher pay, reduce high stakes testing and focus on critical thinking and problem solving.”

A pro-choice candidate, Boysko is also in favor of expanding Medicaid in Virginia.

Vargas, who has deep ties in the Northern Virginia business community, said the economy is his top priority.

“I know that too many of my neighbors are struggling in an economy that has flatlined over the last several years,” said Vargas, who grew up in grim conditions in New York City. “That’s why I’ll focus on growing and diversifying our economy to make sure we have the transportation infrastructure to allow people to spend more time with their families in safer neighborhoods.”

Vargas is an Air Force veteran and chairman of the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.

An independent candidate, Paul Brubaker, is also in the 86th District contest, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Brubaker's website notes he is a two-time presidential appointee -- in the Clinton administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense and under President George W. Bush as the administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration

The 86th District is in western Fairfax County and eastern Loudoun. The Loudoun portion of the district has two precincts in Sterling Park and the dominant Fairfax segment has 13 precincts in Herndon, Oak Hill and Chantilly stretching from Route 50 north along the border of Fairfax County to Route 7, roughly bounded on the east by Fairfax County Parkway.

Click here to visit the Virginia Public Access Project's 86th District overview.


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