Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield District)

Supervisor Herrity was born in Washington DC but raised in Fairfax County. He attended St. Bernadette’s grade school in Springfield, graduated from West Springfield High School, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech. He has held senior management positions, including CFO and COO, in a number of local government contracting and technology companies. Supervisor Herrity has been recognized by Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Fairfax County Chamber, and other organizations for his leadership in business, sports, and community organizations.

Supervisor Herrity has a unique understanding of Fairfax County. As the son of former Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Herrity, Pat grew up attending community meetings and budget hearings; he was raised with regular discussion of issues concerning Fairfax County at home giving him a deep understanding of our County and the issues we face today.

Supervisor Herrity has been an outspoken advocate for reforming the County’s outdated pension and compensation system so we can attract the best and brightest employees and teachers, fixing the permitting and zoning process so we can better attract businesses, addressing the opioid public health crisis, gang violence and human trafficking which is occurring in our neighborhoods, and reducing the tax burden on our residents. SUV GOP has worked closely with Supervisor Herrity on the County's Pension Problems. Learn more here.

Supervisor Herrity has been active with transportation issues for over 30 years and is a strong believer in transportation enhancements that support our growing community. He was a leader in the push for the Techway/Northern Crossing, was a strong early advocate for telework/telecommuting programs, and has been an outspoken supporter of the beltway HOT lanes and their carpooling and mass-transit benefits. He is currently leading the effort for solutions to congestion on I-66 and the Fairfax County Parkway and a network of express bus solutions. Pat was a co-drafter of the first Northern Virginia Transportation Compact, which was signed by most of the business organizations in Northern Virginia. 

Pat regularly travels to Richmond to work with legislators on issues like the opioid public health crisis, regulatory reform, taxes and transportation. He was appointed by former Governor McDonnell and subsequently elected Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Mandate Review which works to reduce state mandates on local governments. Under his leadership the Task Force eliminated a historic number of mandates and has eliminated a number of other “mandates” by engaging state agencies in common sense discussions with local governments.

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Gary Aiken (Running for Mason Dist. Supervisor)

Gary fights for his community.  

While President of Sherwood High School, Gary led a county-wide student, teacher and parent campaign.  The School Board wanted to bus students in an experiment called “Controlled Choice” instead of doing the harder work of drawing new boundaries for a new high school.  Gary’s side won the day and distinct communities were preserved.

Gary advances your right to feel safe.  

Gary served as Chair of the Residence Halls Committee in student government at the University of Maryland.  His number one goal was to lobby the administration for “blue light” kiosks all over campus to light dark areas and provided a direct dial to campus police in an emergency.  The university agreed because female students have a right to feel safe on campus.

Gary wants your interests to be heard. 

Gary founded the Part Time MBA Student Association at The George Washington University.  No student association existed to advance the interests of students who held down full-time jobs while earning an MBA at night.  Gary’s class overwhelmingly elected him – trusting him to lead and set a strong foundation for the future.

Gary knows what he’s talking about.

No stories, just the facts.  Major decisions impact the lives of real people.  Citizens trust Gary to provide expert, balanced advice on issues that involve millions and sometimes billions of dollars.

Gary cares.

Gary proudly serves on the School Board for the Ivymount School.  Ivymount serves the needs of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Gary knows what an honor and awesome responsibility it is to expertly provide oversight.  Teachers, administrators, and parents agree that Gary advocates for them and provides crucial oversight so everyone can win.

Gary’s got a stake in the future of Fairfax.

Gary lives in Mason District with his wife, Brooke, and their two boys, Emmett and Tyler.  He prays and performs community charity work with Olam Tikvah synagogue’s Men’s Club.  He also enjoys playing golf and music with his family – and going to Peking Gourmet (Duck and Szechuan Beef Proper!).  After 15 years of living in Baileys, Falls Church, and Fairfax, Gary wants a Fairfax County that will provide his family and yours with economic opportunity, great schools, and safety.

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Vinson Palathingal (Running At Large)

Vinson Palathingal was born in Kumbalam, an island in the Vembanadu Lake, south of Thevara in Ernakulam District. He was one of the very few students from Kumbalam Island who went to Thevara from the kindergarten years sailing daily across the mighty Vembanadu lake. 

When he was in the middle school, Vinson’s family has moved to his ancestral hometown Champakkara, a commercial district famous for its reputed fish trading business and located between Vyttila and Tripoonithura. A brilliant student from early on, Vinson completed his schooling at St.Thomas High School and Sacred Heart High School in Thevara with excellent grades. He went on to attend reputed Sacred Heart College Thevara for his Pre-Degree and then to Government Engineering College, Thrissur for his B-Tech Degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated in 1988 and for the next 3 years worked as a Project Engineer at KITCO Ltd (Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization) in Kochi and another year as a Site Engineer at Ali-Al Sehebani Associates in Al-Hofuf, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

He got married in 1992 to his high school sweetheart and a Post Graduate in Mathematics, Asha Mary Stephen, from Muvattupuzha. He came to University of Nevada, Reno with his newlywed wife in the Fall of 1992 as an International Student to pursue his Masters degree in Civil Engineering.  He graduated in 1995 and moved to Philadelphia in search for jobs. Later on work took him to Frederick and Silver Spring both in Maryland, and finally to Virginia. Vinson lives in McLean, Virginia for the last 18 years with his wife Asha and their 2 boys, Xavier a rising senior at University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Stephen a rising sophomore at McLean High School. 


Laura Ramirez Drain (Hunter Mill District)

Laura is the mother of two sons, one has finished college and one is finishing high school, with both having attended  Fairfax public schools system. She is running for school board of the Hunter Mill District because running for school board means for her protecting the children and their families while also guiding them to stand up and speak out for what they believe in. 

Laura  believe in the importance of public education and that every child is deserving of an outstanding education, no matter what school or neighborhood. 

Whatever that you are satisfied with your school board or not, your vote in the next school board election can be instrumental in helping to shape the upcoming board so that it answers the needs of its parents, students, and staff.

She is  not a typical political candidate.  She is Engineer, with a Master in Telecommunications and Marketing.  She has never run for office before. Laura came to the USA from Mexico in 1999 as part of career relocation with the Hewlett-Packard Corporation  . and become citizen of USA in 2008. Laura has more than 20 years of successful sales experience with information technology products and solution-based services. She has  been working with the Hispanic community in corporations and nonprofits. She had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, AT&T and HP.  She is  CEO and founder of Random Words Marketing Group and she is a certified Constant Contact - Email Marketing trainer. 

Before she came to the USA. She was very involved in volunteerism and in the catholic church, now  in USA she continues. 

In 2006 with Laura Rodriguez and Adriana Avalos, two amazing women founded  Alcanzando Metas Foundation. it mission is an organization set up to foster the academic excellence of Hispanic youth. Its mission is to foster academic success in science, mathematics, and technology, with attention to English language proficiency as it impacts this progress. We helped around 200 hundred students in 6 years. Today some are nurses, some Teachers others are manage schools, one of students finished her Doctorate in Pharmaceutical. 

Since 2011, she has produced and host a bilingual talk radio show called Cafe Latino Radio which is transmitted by Fairfax Public Access (WRLD). It can be found on Cox Cable Channel 30 and Verizon FIOS Channel 30. 

In December 2015 she launched Cafe Latino TV  and runs on Comcast Channel 28 Reston VA.  At both shows she brings people from the community, non- profit organization  and small business owner to take a cup of coffee and sharing their successes.

In 2017 she launched Cafe Latino Cooking with friends, cooking show for the people who loves cooking.

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