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Spike Williams Kicks Off Campaign

Candidate for Board of Supervisors chairman focuses on county budget, education.

Born and raised in Fairfax County, Michael “Spike” Williams has a vision for a “sustainable and prosperous” future for the county. 

Williams will kick off his campaign for Board of Supervisors Chairman on Saturday with a nine-stop campaign tour throughout Fairfax County. The tour kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in Mount Vernon and will end in Herndon.

The self-described “long-standing Republican” has served as the Hunter Mill District Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee for the last two years.

This is not Williams’ first foray into Fairfax County politics. In 2007, he ran against Cathy Hudgins for Hunter Mill District Supervisor as an Independent. This year, he will run against incumbent and current Chairman Sharon Bulova.

He will focus on major issues including education and transportation, but Williams has zeroed in on the county’s budget, which he calls “one of the biggest issues we have.”

“Since 2001, our budget…went from 2.135 to 3.4 almost billion in general funds,” said Williams. “That’s an outrageous increase in budget in a 10 year period, and one that does not reflect the previous 60 years as far as pace. We have a spending problem here in Fairfax County and we need to get it under control.”

Williams acknowledges transportation as a major issue and says that one solution is reforming the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA). He is a firm believer in a strong education system, which can help Fairfax County businesses flourish. Williams believes that the county “has an obligation to cherish and promote excellence in education.”

“I think that where we’ve gotten that wrong is we’re spending far too much money on administrative overhead and not giving the money to the classroom and to the teachers,” said Williams.

After his parents separated when he was a toddler, Williams' mother raised him and his brother as a single mother.

“We had to scrape by sometimes in points during my upbringing where we went without and we had to turn to public assistance to get through tough patches,” said Williams. “We managed to use that assistance to get on our feet and get off that assistance. “

Williams and his wife, Julie, co-own Williams Realty in Herndon. They have a 13-year-old daughter and Julie has two sons from a previous marriage. He views himself as a family-oriented businessman.

“I think that qualifies me as a stable Fairfax County guy who sees problems in our county’s governmental structure and sees the need to get involved to set things right,” said Williams.

For a complete schedule of Williams' campaign tour stops, click here. 

fakey mcfakerton April 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM
You'd think he'd at least get the districts right. His first stop at the "Mt. Vernon" Government Center is actually the South County Gov't Center in Lee District. SO much for stopping in Mt. Vernon.
Marta D. Saltus April 30, 2011 at 02:30 PM
You are the one mistaken, Fakey! South county gov center is in fact in the mount Vernon magisterial district, not Lee! Perhaps you are a Bulova supporter, and do not know where our district ends and another begins, as does she.
Ray N. May 01, 2011 at 12:27 PM
The South County government center serves BOTH Lee and Mt Vernon District, not just one. It is located near the west end of Buckman Road and the north side of Richmond Highway. According to Fairfax County's magisterial district map, this is in the Lee District. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/images/maps/bosdist/mount_vernon_district_map.pdf
Linda Bartlett May 01, 2011 at 04:05 PM
The most salient point Spike makes when he talks to groups is not just the hike in spending but to ask if the services received are commensurate with that raise. In other words, do we have twice as good transportation infrastructure, twice as good educational achievement and so on. No one who has paid the least bit of attention to anything in Fairfax can honestly answer yes to any question phrased thusly. Bulova is continuing the Connolly program without the least idea what she's doing. As I understand it, her most often used phrase is "I just don't know what I think." Fairfax needs new leadership before Bulova and her compatriots turn us into California.
Marta D. Saltus May 01, 2011 at 09:59 PM
I couldn't agree with you more, Linda! We need new leadership, Connolly and now Bulova are spending the county into oblivion. We are NOT getting better education from public schools, I submit quite the contrary, FCPS has gone down hill in the last few years. We are not getting better infrastructure or improvement to transportation. In fact Bulova is now lamenting that BRAC will be effective in six months and it will cause major disruptions to traffic around Fort Belvoir. Where were Bulova, Hyland and Connolly for the last 5 years since this has been in the works? I believe the answer is in office, not representing Mount Vernon citizens well at all! We need new leadership, and we need it now!!!

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