Convention is THIS SATURDAY!

We hope everyone had a blessed Easter/Passover! The 8th District Republican Convention is THIS SATURDAY, April 26th!

It will be held in the Bishop O’Connell High School Auditorium. The address is 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, 22213. Click here for a map.

Registration will open at 8:00 am, and will close at 10:00 am. The convention will be called to order at 10:00 am. If you are a delegate, you must arrive between 8:00 am and 10:00 am in order to register. Please arrive as early as possible.

The convention is open to the public; guests/observers are welcome. However, only duly elected delegates, who filed to be a delegate with their county/city Republican committee, may vote at the convention.

More information is forthcoming, so watch this space for updates. If you have any questions, please contact interim 8th District GOP Chairman Brian Pandya at

We’ll see you Saturday!

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Meet our convention candidates and the new chairman

The 8th District Republican Convention is fast approaching!

We have three candidates running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives, presented below in alphabetical order:

Dennis Bartow


Micah Edmond

Paul Haring


Meet Our New Chairman:
Mark Kelly


Only one candidate filed to run for Chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee. Per party rules, he automatically wins the election and will take office at the Convention on April 26th. Mark currently serves on the 8th District Republican Committee as one of our four representatives to the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee. Mark previously served as Chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee and ran two strong campaigns for Arlington County Board. Mark has been a dedicated leader and activist for the GOP, and the 8th District GOP will be in good hands under his leadership.

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Vihstadt wins!

GOP-endorsed candidate John Vihstadt has won the special election for Arlington County Board, beating the Democratic candidate by 17 points!

Here’s what Republican Party of Virginia Chair Pat Mullins said about tonight’s results:

If it can happen in Arlington County it can happen anywhere.

Tonight there was a special election in Arlington for the County Board of Supervisors. Arlington, one of Virginia’s most Democrat counties, went 69% for Obama in 2012 and hasn’t had a locally elected Republican since the 1990′s.

In tonight’s special election, John Vihstadt, the Republican endorsed Independent candidate for the Board, beat the Democrat nominee by over 15 points, getting 57% of the vote!

Congratulations go to the 8th District GOP Committee, the Arlington County Republican Committee, and the Arlington/Falls Church Young Republicans who all put in a lot of work to make this victory possible.

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2014 is going to be a good Republican year.

People are fed up with big government, Obamacare, over-taxing, over-spending, and intrusive government that infringes on our liberties.

Mark Warner – the deciding vote for Obamacare – and the Virginia congressional Democrats better look out. If it can happen in Arlington, it can happen anywhere in Virginia.

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Arlington residents: County Board special election is THIS TUESDAY!


The special election for Arlington County Board is this Tuesday, April 8th!

John Vihstadt is an independent candidate who has been endorsed by the Arlington County Republican Committee. John will be an important voice to counteract the one-party rule in Arlington. He brings experience and reform-minded, fresh ideas to the table.

Polls will be open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm. Vote at your regular polling place. For information on voting from the Arlington County website, click here.

Vote Vihstadt on Tuesday!

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Update from the Alexandria GOP

From the Alexandria Republican City Committee:

Tuesday night, April 3, 2014, the Alexandria Republicans met and reorganized for the 2014-2016 term of the Alexandria Republican City Committee (ARCC).

Everyone took time to thank and show our appreciation and support for Tom Fulton. Tom gave his time over the last three years to lead the Alexandria Republicans. He worked hard and spent countless hours working to improve the organization and to make sure we were all involved in what was going on in Alexandria.  We can’t thank Tom enough for all of this hard work.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In addition we welcomed our new Chairman, Chris Marston, who will lead the Alexandria Republicans for the next two years.

Chris has a great amount of experience, having previously been the Alexandria Republican Chairman from 2004-2010, including helping to get two Alexandria Republicans elected to the City Council (Frank Fannon & Alicia Hughes). He has already started off the term by nominating four new officers for the Committee, which the ARCC members elected. He then introduced a number of people who agreed to help run different committees for the Alexandria GOP.

The new officers are Mark Coombs as First Vice Chair, Gail Ledwig as Second Vice Chair, Loree Gunn as Secretary and Brenda Hankins as Treasurer. See a list of all of the newly elected Officers and appointed Committee Chairs for the Alexandria GOP here.

It is time to get motivated and a great opportunity to get involved. All of the Committee Chairs are eager and are always looking for Republicans to help out. If you are interested in getting involved, contact a committee chair to find out more about their committee or sign up to volunteer here on the website.

Hope to see you out at a meeting, campaign event, political activity, neighborhood event or out and about in Alexandria!

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