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Brabo wins At-large seat on King George Board of Supervisors

The King George Journal of King George, Virginia

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Ruby Brabo won election as King Georges At-large supervisor on Tuesday, defeating incumbent Supervisor Dale Sisson.

With all precincts reporting, unofficial returns from the State Board of Elections showed Brabo garnering more than 2,900 votes, or 60.5 percent, to 1,900 votes, or 39 percent for Sisson.

A boisterous celebration took place as Brabo gathered with more than 50 of her supporters at King's Pizza. Brabo mounted a chair to speak to a sea of bright blue t-shirts emblazoned with the words, "It's a Ruby Thing."

There was much whistling and cheering as she began to speak.

"I am so excited," she declared. "The citizens of this county have clearly indicated they want new ideas and new energy."

Sisson gathered with his family and a few supporters for a low-key dinner at Vinny's. Members of the group passed smartphones back and forth as the results began to roll in.

At one point a waitress asked Sisson, "How's the election going?"

"First few precincts aren't too good," Sisson replied with a grin.

After the final returns came in, Sisson expressed no regrets.

"King George means every bit as much to me as it did 15 minutes ago," he said. "I'm proud of the way I've conducted myself and the way my campaigns were run."

The race pitted board of supervisors colleagues against each other.

Brabo currently holds the Dahlgren District supervisor seat. She chose not to seek re-election but instead to challenge Sisson for the At-large spot.

Sisson has served as the county's At-large supervisor for 12 years.

Brabo, who has lived in King George since 2006, stressed government transparency in her campaign events and materials. She called for additional emphasis on luring tourists to the county as a means of financing infrastructure, as well as the need for additional fire and rescue personnel to answer emergency calls.

Brabo said she is ready to get to collaborate with other incoming members of the board of supervisors.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the new board in January," she said. "I think we will make a great team working for the benefit of the county."

Brabo listed a number of priorities during a brief interview Tuesday night, including development of an economic development strategic plan for the county. "It's the road map on how to achieve the goals in your Comprehensive Plan," she said.

She called for increasing the number of emergency services staff members.

She also vowed to extend county wide the town hall meetings she has held as Dahlgren supervisor.

Sisson, a King George native, won election as At-large supervisor in 2003. Campaigning for a fourth term, he stressed his support for keeping taxes low, his backing of infrastructure improvements.

He expressed satisfaction with the work done during his tenure on the board.

"We've improved the financial position of King George County," he said. "We've improved infrastructure for our residents. I'm honored to have had the chance to serve."

The new members of the board of supervisors will take office in January 2016.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the new board... I think we will make a great team..."

Ruby Brabo, At-large Supervisor-elect

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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