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Ruby Brabo is running for supervisor

 Ruby Brabo, an outspoken activist who has lobbied to get the developer—and then the county—to finish the infrastructure of her  Chatham Village neighborhood, announced today she is running for the Dahlgren District seat on the King George Board of Supervisors.

She’s being endorsed by  Citizens for Nonpartisan  King George. “She’s an absolutely brilliant young  lady and very passionate  about what’s right and hard work,” said Paula Van Alstine, one of the group’s founders.

Brabo, 42, moved to King George in August 2006 with her husband, Robert, and their two daughters,  Ellen, who graduates from King George High School next month and Clara, 13, a student at King George Middle School.

Brabo says she’s learned a lot about county government while working on various neighborhood and school issues and would put that experience to use.

“I believe the Dahlgren District would benefit greatly by having a full time, hands-on supervisor and I have the time to devote to this position,” she said.

Incumbent James Mullen, who has been on the board for four years, said last month he didn’t plan to seek re-election. But rumors are swirling that he’s considering running again.

And, Dennis Paulsen, who represents Dahlgren on the School Board, will not seek that seat in November, but is considering running for supervisor instead.

The two other seats up for re-election are:  At-Large District, held by Dale Sisson Jr. who plans to run again, and Joe Grzeika, from the James Madison District. At last count, Grzeika  hadn’t decided, or at least announced publicly, his plans.


  • Nick Danger

    Ruby ought to do well. Mr. Mullen’s worst mistake was getting elected in the first place. He’s proved himself to be, ah, hmmm.. incompetent, shall we say, and if he runs again, he would be lucky to get 10%. Dennis Paulsen would do better than Mullen but not much – he has offended so many people with his personality, inaccessibility, and actions on the school board that he too wouldn’t have a prayer.