Debate Set for Candidates for Mount Vernon District Supervisor Seat

Republican Jane Gandee to debate Democrat Daniel Storck. Winner in November will represent area on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Lorton Patch

Mary Ann Barton

Mount Vernon District Supervisor candidates Dan Storck and Jane Gandee will debate the issues Sept. 16 at Sherwood Regional Library.

The debate is set for Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The library is located at 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane.

Gandee, a Republican, has raised $52,988 ($33,323 from the candidate and $9,937 from her company, ServiceMaster); Storck, a Democrat, has raised $115,079 ($92,510 from the candidate).

In other campaign news, the Dan Storck for Supervisor campaign announced today that former Democratic candidate Candice Bennett has joined the campaign as director of Communications.

The seat is currently held by Gerry Hyland, a Democrat who is retiring after serving on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 1988. The Mount Vernon district includes Lorton, Belvoir, Newington and Huntington.

“I am joining Dan’s campaign because I believe that as supervisor, Dan will work on the issues that are most important to our district, including empowering our seniors to age in place, revitalizing the historic Route 1 corridor and increasing educational opportunities by fully funding our schools,” said Candice Bennett. “During the primary I had the chance to get to know Dan and I know he will carry on Supervisor Hyland’s legacy. ”

A successful small business owner, Bennett has operated a research and consulting firm based in Lorton for more than 10 years that provides high-level strategy to a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, financial services, academia, hospitality, industry associations and professional membership organizations. Prior to starting her firm, Bennett was a director at Penn, Schoen and Berland, a Democratic polling firm in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a wide range of clients, including the Democratic National Committee and Tim Kaine for Lieutenant Governor.

“I’m thrilled that Candice has joined our campaign as she brings an important voice and perspective to our communications,” said Storck. “It was a hard-fought primary, and I think it shows our district that the Democratic Party is united to win this race in November. I look forward to working with her.”

Dan Storck won the Democratic Primary on June 9. He has lived with his wife and children in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County for more than 25 years. He has served the community as a successful healthcare entrepreneur, the president of three non-profit community development organizations, a youth coach and for the past 12 years, representing the Mount Vernon District on the Fairfax County School Board.