Stan has been Sheriff since 1999, when he defeated the incumbent Carl Peed in a very bruising race. Political trivia: Stan’s father Warren Barry (R-Fairfax) was a sitting State Senator in 1999, who used his campaign funds to help Stan get elected as a Democrat over the Republican incumbent Peed.
The Fairfax establishment mostly yawned, except for one outspoken young GOP lawyer from western Fairfax who vowed to challenge Barry in his next Republican primary. Barry decided to retire in 2002 and avoid the hassle. That challenger won his seat in 2002 and has been a staple in state politics ever since.
You should know by now who it is ….
Back on point, Stan has been a low-key Sheriff, who eschews the limelight. By and large, the County jail and sheriff’s office have been well-run and well-respected for years.
Should be an interesting succession battle …