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    Following recount, Rust to serve seventh term in House of Delegates

    In the closest Virginia House of Delegates race of 2013, Tom Rust officially edged Jennifer Boysko by 32 votes after the recount. Following the initial count, Rust was ahead by 54 votes out of nearly 21,000 cast. Photo Courtesy/Facebook, Tom Rust
    State Del. Tom Rust (R-86th) held on to a narrow victory Thursday following a recount of his state house race against Democrat Jennifer Boysko.

    In the closest Virginia House of Delegates contest of 2013, Rust officially edged Boysko by 32 votes after the recount. Following the initial count, Rust was ahead by 54 votes out of nearly 21,000 cast.

    "I'd like to congratulate Tom Rust and wish him a successful term in the House of Delegates. It was important for so many people that we took this time to assure that all votes were counted and everyone's voice was heard in this very close election,” Boysko said in a prepared statement. “It was an honor to be the Democratic nominee and I appreciate having the opportunity to discuss those issues that matter to all of us during the past year with the voters in the 86th District."

    Rust, a former mayor of Herndon first elected to the General Assembly in 2001, has been tapped by Republican House speaker William Howell to be the next chairman of the House's Committee on Transportation. Rust will succeed outgoing local state Del. Joe May (R-33rd) in that post.

    “I look forward to continuing to work for the citizens of the 86th District and look forward to a good session in 2014,” Rust noted on his public Facebook page. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I look forward to being a part of that.”


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