From the Chairman: A Dream

So, each year on Martin Luther King Day, let us not only recall Dr. King, but rededicate ourselves to the Commandments he believed in and sought to live every day: Thou shall love thy God with all thy heart, and thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself. And I just have to believe that all of us-if all of us, young and old, Republicans and Democrats, do all we can to live up to those Commandments, then we will see the day when Dr. King’s dream comes true, and in his words, “All of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, ‘… land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.’” 

 –Excerpt of Remarks by Ronald Reagan at the Signing Ceremony Declaring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. November 2, 1983.
Tomorrow is President Obama’s State of the Union Address. In it, he is expected outline multiple big government, programs as well as new tax increases. Be sure to take to social media and explain why his liberal agenda is a bad idea for America.

It’s a worn out saying, but “Virginia is for lovers of elections.” We have them every year. Every seat in the Virginia House and Senate will be filled by voters in November. In the 8th District we will have elections for local offices as well.

If you are interested in running for office, please contact your local GOP Chairman.

Check out our upcoming events. If you can make it out on Saturday to send off retiring RPV Chairman Pat Mullins, I would love to see you there.

Mark Kelly


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Another lesson in close elections

Virginia has been the scene of excruciatingly close races in the past few years.

In 2010 in the 11th District, Democrat Gerry Connolly beat Republican Keith Fimian by 981 votes out of 227,000 cast (0.43%).

In 2013 in the attorney general race, Democrat Mark Herring beat Republican Mark Obenshain by 907 votes out of 2.2 million cast (0.04%). This happened alongside the gubernatorial race where Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 2.52%.

In 2014 in the 6th Senate District, Democrat Lynwood Lewis beat Republican Wayne Coleman by 9 votes out of 20,000 cast (0.04%).

In 2014 in the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Mark Warner beat Republican Ed Gillespie by 18,000 votes out of 2.2 million cast (0.81%).

And today in the 34th House District, Democrat Kathleen Murphy beat Republican Craig Parisot by 324 votes out of 12,000 cast (2.60%).

Notice a pattern? The Democrats won all these elections. Republicans have to step up and turn out to vote to start coming out on the right side of these close elections. Virginia is the definition of a swing state. In the case of the 2013 attorney general race, the election could have been swung by just one more Republican vote in each precinct. In the case of the 2014 state Senate race, the election could have been swung by one family turning out to vote Republican. In the case of today’s race, the election could have been swung by 325 Republicans stopping by their polling place and taking five minutes to vote.

It’s actually true: every vote counts.

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Salona #1 Precinct Voters: Special Election Tuesday!

If you live in Salona #1 Precinct, you have a special election for House of Delegates this Tuesday, January 6th!

The election is to fill the 34th House District seat vacated by Barbara Comstock, the new congresswoman for the 10th District. Salona #1 is the only 8th District precinct located in the 34th House District.

Our Republican nominee is Craig Parisot. He is a McLean entrepreneur, national security advisor, and an active volunteer with several non-profits. Read about him here.

To check your precinct, use the Virginia State Board of Elections voter tool. Enter your address, and in the text that appears below, locate the “Districts” header. (You may need to click the + button to view the information.)

The polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. Salona #1 voters should go to Franklin Sherman Elementary School, 6630 Brawner Street, McLean (map).

The election is expected to be very close – Barbara Comstock won in 2013 against this year’s Democratic nominee, Kathleen Murphy, by just 422 votes. (You may remember Murphy for her nasty attacks on Comstock in 2013 and failing to pay her own taxes.) Please get out and vote for Craig Parisot!


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From FCRC: Welcome to 2015

Fairfax Republicans:

Americans are not known for looking back.  It is in our national character always to seek the next challenge and the next opportunity.  The Romans may have marked both endings and beginnings with the worship of their god Janus, but for us, New Year’s is much more about the future than the past.

And because Virginia is for lovers of elections, we have plenty to look forward to in 2015, right here in Fairfax County.

We will begin the political New Year in high style, by electing Craig Parisot to replace Barbara Comstock in the Virginia House of Delegates next Tuesday, January 6.  If you live in the 34th House District, you can vote absentee at Dolley Madison Library, Great Falls Library or the main Government Center on Saturday, January 3, or you can vote on January 6 at your regular polling place.  If you haven’t marked your calendar already, please do it now!

Once we elect Craig, we will start the process of nominating candidates for the November 3, 2015, general election.  The House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate, as well as local offices — Board of Supervisors, Clerk of the Court, Sheriff, and Commonwealth’s Attorney — are all up for election this year.  Stay tuned for developments, as they unfold.

Later in the year, we also will have the opportunity to endorse candidates for the Fairfax County School Board and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.

These are all important positions, which set policies and oversee activities that directly affect our daily lives, including taxation, transportation, criminal law, education, zoning and land use, and many more subjects.  These positions matter greatly, and whom we choose to fill them matters, too.

There is no question that, as the federal government has grown larger and more intrusive, its importance in our lives has grown as well.  Obamacare is perhaps the paramount example.  But our federal system still leaves vast powers and critical functions in the hands of state and local governments, and even Obamacare — for instance, in the form of Medicaid expansion — depends on the cooperation of state governments.

No matter what happens on the national stage, our County Committee must remain focused on the matter at hand:  working hard here in Fairfax to elect Republicans to represent us in Richmond and at home.  This is especially important because if there is one thing we need more of in Fairfax County, it’s Republican elected officials.  There will be plenty of time to worry about 2016 after November 3, 2015.

Thank you for your support and hard work in 2014:  I hope we can count on you again this year.

Together, we win!

Most sincerely,

Matt Ames
Fairfax County Republican Committee

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From the Chairman: RPV Advance

Last weekend Republicans from around Virginia gathered near Dulles for our annual Advance. It was a great time to catch up with friends and talk about the future of the Republican Party.

During the State Central Committee (SCC) meeting, we passed two party plan amendments. One addressed District Committee voting rights for Unit Chairs who are also SCC members.

The other party plan amendment provided for military voting rights at Republican conventions.

The need for this party plan change arose because the Pentagon has a directive on the books which essentially (and unfairly) prevents active duty military from being elected as a delegate to a convention. In the future, those who are active duty military will be able to cast a ballot that indicates their candidate preference without being elected as a delegate.

The SCC also elected Rich Nilsen, currently an 8th District SCC member, to serve as the RPV Treasurer. A hearty congratulations goes out to Rich.

An election to replace Rich here in the 8th will be held by the 8th District Committee in January so that we will have our full complement of representatives at the January 31st SCC meeting where we will elect a new RPV Chairman.

As we look forward to 2015, nearly 40 offices will be open across the 8th District. From School Board to Delegate to City Council to Senate, your unit Chairmen are looking for qualified candidates to run for office. If you are interested, you should reach out to Matt Ames (Fairfax), Chris Marston (Alexandria), Matt Wavro (Arlington) or Ken Feltman (Falls Church).

Mark Kelly
Chairman, 8th District Republican Committee

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