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Two Democrats file to challenge Rust in the 86th District

Two Northern Virginia Democrats will face off in a primary in June for a chance to unseat incumbent state Del. Tom Rust (R-86th) in November’s elections.

Jennifer Boysko and Herbert Kemp, both of Fairfax County, have filed with the state Board of Elections to vie for the seat Rust has held for more than a decade.

Boysko is the legislative aide to Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust and has received the endorsement of local state Sen. Mark Herring (D-33rd), while Kemp retired from the military in 2001 with the rank of colonel. Kemp serves and the president and CEO of OneAlpha Corp., a consulting firm for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

Rust, a former mayor of Herndon, has held the 86th District seat since 2001. He ran unopposed in 2011 and defeated former Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller by nearly 8 percent in 2009.

The district is located predominately in Fairfax County, though 13 percent of the voters, approximately 6,200, are in eastern Loudoun County around Sterling.

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If Rust has held the seat for over a decade, chances of these new people winning over a majority of voters is next to nil. Maybe the liberals in the region need a copy of the gerrymandered districts that favor Republicans.

Are these two known as spendaholics also?

Delegate Tom Rust represents Herndon, Oak Hill and Sterling in the Virginia General Assembly. Tom Rust is a former mayor of the town of Herndon and has been serving the 86th district since 2001. He serves as chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee.

Rust was first elected to the Herndon Town Council in 1971 where he served until he was elected Mayor of the Town of Herndon in 1976, a position he held until 1984. He was elected Mayor again in 1990 and served until 2001.

In 2001, Rust was elected Delegate for the 86th District with 63% of the vote against Jim Kelly. A civil engineer, Rust has served on the Committees on Transportation, Education, Science and Technology, and Commerce and Labor. His notable legislation includes allowing the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish a Statewide Transportation plan using highway corridors for long-term, regional planning.

Herndon Jaycees, Man of the Year (1979)
Vecinos Unidos Recognition for Assistance to Hispanic Youth (1997)
Who’s Who in the United States (1998)
Best of Herndon-Dulles Award(1999)
Patrick Henry Award(2001)
Virginia Tech, Academy of Distinguished Alumni for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering(2001)
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance’s “Dust, Blood and Sweat” Award(2007)
Committee for Dulles “Tower of Dulles Award” (2007)
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award(2007)
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Excellence(2008)

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