Cantor's chief of staff won't run for reelection on city council

Courtesy of Steve Stombres

Steve Stombres, chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), won't run a fourth term on the Fairfax, Va., City Council.

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Citing his busy schedule on Capitol Hill, Stombres announced Tuesday night that he will leave the City Council when his term expires in June. Stombres told local officials that his six years on the council have been "an amazing experience," but indicated the demands of both jobs were becoming too much to handle. (The annual salary for the city council post is $4,500, but Stombres doesn't accept the money.)

He said that "after spending much time contemplating the ever increasing time requirements of my full time job, the busy schedule of the upcoming budget deliberations here in the city, and the demands of a spirited campaign season, I do not believe I can continue to dedicate the time and effort necessary to do the job."

Stombres's occupational demands have grown as Cantor has moved up the GOP leadership ladder. And those responsibilities could increase at some point as many expect Cantor will replace Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker.

The married, father of three notes that "the hours are pretty long and the nights are late" on the city council — a description that also applies to his job in the House.

Stombres said he is most proud of two accomplishments: Keeping taxes low in Fairfax and increasing the city's recycling rate from 37 percent to 57 percent. The 43-year-old staffer pointed out that Fairfax "continues to have the overall lowest tax burden of any jurisdiction in the region."

Stombres has worked for Cantor since the Richmond-area lawmaker came to Congress in 2001.