Why I Am Running

My name is Tim Chapman and I am running for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. I live in Vienna with Julianna — my wife and a former Fairfax County special ed teacher — and our 5 wonderful children. I am a proud veteran of the United States Army Presidential Honor Guard and a proud advocate and fighter for access to affordable housing. For the last twenty years, I have both invested in and built affordable housing communities. I had the honor of being appointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve on the board of the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and was further honored to be elected Chair by my colleagues on the board.  During my tenure at the VHDA, I helped invest billions of dollars into affordable housing projects, and helped thousands of families buy their first homes.

I’m no stranger to hard work. My mother and I were homeless for a portion of my childhood. You don’t go from youth homelessness to managing a $13 billion agency overnight. I have spent my life building things, solving problems, and serving my community. I have the real world experience that it will take to help Fairfax County move forward, and I am prepared to take my service to a new level as Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

I am running for office because I want to extend the opportunities for success I’ve had to all of our Fairfax County neighbors. I love living in Fairfax County, but our community, like the bottom side of a pancake, is not perfect. We are one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, but deep-rooted inequality remains.

These inequalities are rooted in a closed political system that for decades has served only the wealthy and well-connected. This closed system has created an environment that stifles competition from outsiders and has relegated the Board of Supervisors to a land use and zoning review board. We can do better.

I am running for Chair to give a voice to the working class families and underserved communities in Fairfax County, and to address problems that affect everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.

The people of Fairfax County are compassionate, and understand that when we invest in our children and in our underserved communities, all of our lives are positively impacted. Together, we can create a more equitable prosperity in Fairfax County.