John Foust Takes Aim at Unseating Congressman Frank Wolf

Foust is the second Democrat to announce a run against Rep. Frank Wolf.

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust enters bid for seat in Congress. Credit: Foust campaign
Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust enters bid for seat in Congress. Credit: Foust campaign

By Dusty Smith

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust this week announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, setting the stage for a primary battle to determine who will take on incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf.

Richard Bolger, an attorney who lives in Fairfax, previously announced his bid for the nomination.

Foust, a McLean resident since 1987, said he wants Congress to begin functioning again — a criticism lobbed at a political body that's become better known for inaction than accomplishing things.

“Like so many Virginians, my life has been shaped by opportunities that were forged through hard work, but the reckless and irresponsible politics of Washington are holding Americans back from achieving our country’s promise of this opportunity,” said Foust, attaching Wolf to the government shutdown earlier this year.

Foust, who has an MBA and a law degree, has been a member of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors since 2007. To take that office, he defeated the incumbent Republican in a district that had previously been held by Republicans.

Foust's campaign has launched a website for his congressional bid: www.foustforvirginia.com.

If Foust and Bolger, and possibly other Democrats, remain in the race next year, a primary will be held to determine Wolf’s challenger in the general election in November 2014.

Wolf has served in the House of Representatives since 1980.

Virginia's 10th Congressional District stretches from McLean to Winchester, with portions of both Fairfax and Loudoun counties.


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anne December 12, 2013 at 08:51 AM
recently, when I had a problem and I asked a group where they'd start, the answer was ask frank wolf, he always follows up. it was true (despite the govt shut down). his office staff responded and the problem was solved. in the past, this has been true. wolf surrounds himself w/excellent people and is one of a handful who performs as a true representiv, not as a selfie. why would you change horses?
J. Jay Volkert December 12, 2013 at 09:30 AM
It is true that Frank Wolf does a good job at constituent service. However, after 32 years I would hope he could do that. John Foust has an excellent record for constituent service and brings fresh insight on the need for change in the Congress. Frank Wolf has shown that he is a follower in Congress, not a leader. John Foust will bring all citizens in the 10th District the leadership they have been longing for and be a strong voice for Northern Virginia in the Congress
Mozart December 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM
I'm a registered Democrat, but have not perceived that Foust brings any energy to bear on the Board of Supervisors in addressing the interests of any residents of McLean who haven't lived here at least 20 years. Answers to basic questions about future of the area go unaddressed; developments such as the opening of a bland new temporary storage facility in downtown McLean for people to store their extra junk are heralded as major achievements. Frank Wolf has a longstanding reputation for constituent service that John Foust might well look to emulate (although replacing Foust on the BOS with someone who actually has a vision for the future development of Dranesville might itself be a good development).
Kathy Keith December 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Frank Wolf a follower? Not a leader? He does not vote lockstep with the GOP. He did not support the shutdown. He has led on human rights. He represents his constituents. What do you want?
Herb Smith December 13, 2013 at 02:03 PM
The nation faces some critical policy issues concerning spending, taxes, the economy, immigration, health care . . . and the House of Representatives is starkly divided on these issues. So, the comments here are focused on how nice Wolf's staff is, whether Foust has a vision for future development of Dranesville, and the quality of Wolf's constituent services. Do we have to have another economic crisis brought on by a default on the national debt before people recognize that national issues matter???
Rob Jackson December 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I think John Foust will be a good candidate for Congress and that Frank Wolf is a good congressman. But I have to laugh at Mr. Volkert's implication Wolf has been there too long and it's time for a fresh face. That argument would also apply to Congressman Jim Moran as well. Similarly, his call for change in Congress suggests we could use a new U.S. Senator in place of Mark Warner. Change means change, and flipping control in the Senate is change too. Calling for change for change's sake is a superficial and phony argument. The election of 2014 should be about substantive issues, rather than superficial gibberish.


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