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Brown reiterates 'small' interest in Dem post, but no fait accompli

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Here's a little bit from the bottom of my story this morning about Jefferson County's fund balance.

Nancy D. Brown, the former Jefferson County treasurer, reiterated Tuesday that she has a "small" interest in taking over for former Democratic Party Chairman Sean Hennessey, but she thinks that the county should search far and wide for somebody to step up.

Some thought that her appointment to the position was a fait accompli, but that's not the case, she said.

The county will pick a new leader at its September organizational meeting, said Ronald Cole. Mr. Cole became acting chairman after Mr. Hennessey left to take over the Dulles State Office Building, but he has no interest in taking over the party full-time, he said.

In other action Tuesday, the Board of Legislators approved Babette M. Hall, a 17-year veteran of county government, as the Democratic elections commissioner after Sean M. Hennessey stepped down this week. The appointment is for a two-year term. Patricia A. Shaughnessy will serve as deputy commissioner.

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