The easiest decision for voters in Fairfax County to make in the ballot booth on Tuesday is casting a vote for John Frey for Clerk of the Court.
John has done everything that can be done to deserve re-election. As the chief administrator for the commonwealth’s largest courthouse, John has done an exceptional job running a smooth and efficient operation. With over 800 roles to perform the Clerk’s office could easily become a disorganized mess as Fairfax’s large population could create a logistical backlog from everything from marriage licenses to Wills. We need John in the Clerk’s office to continue to keep things so well organized.
This may be a partisan blog but this endorsement is not partisan in anyway. As our political science textbooks told us, there is no Republican or Democratic way to light a street, or in other words, county administrative offices are not fueled by partisanship. John is a great chief administrator. He has done everything he has been asked to do. He is fair, honest and very likable. There really is no reason to vote against him.
Among some of John’s accomplishments as Clerk are being among the first to implement automated and online processes for land records, the probate system and marriage licenses, he streamlined the jury selection system, cases come up “speedy” and election totals each year are oversaw with the highest integrity. John has done such a great job running Virginia’s largest courthouse that a few years ago the National Association of County Recorders Election Officials and Clerks named him Public Official of the Year. And he was recognized as one of the 2015 Leaders in the Law. The job cannot be done any better.
But then comes the sample ballot. Too many voters vote as blind sheep based on the instructions found on the sample ballot they received as they walked in to the polls. That is really the only way John’s opponent will get any votes. Not because of a policy reason and not because of performance but because the sample ballot said so will be the number one driver of votes for John’s opponent. And that is just wrong. There is really no reason to vote against someone who has done such a good job.
So get out there on Tuesday and reward a great public official by returning him to the job he has performed so well. Doing so honors the bedrock principles of democracy.
Originally published at RedNova8.com