From the Chairman: One Week Out

The polls open in about 180 hours.

That’s it. Just 7 days left to campaign for our Republican ticket.

We need a United States Senator and a United States Congressman who will fight for economic policies that work — not be a rubber stamp for the President’s failed agenda.

Speaking of the President’s failed agenda, Don Beyer, Democrat candidate for Congress here in the 8th, recently gave President Obama an A- when he was asked to grade his tenure in office.

An “A-“? If Don Beyer was a college professor, students would be lining up to take his class to boost their GPA’s.

Ask the average voter what kind of grade they give the President and all but the most die-hard liberals will give him a lower score. The economic recovery is anemic. Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises. Our foreign policy is in shambles. The list could go on.

We are fortunate to have a candidate who gives voters a real choice in the 8th. If you haven’t seen the latest Washington Post profile about Micah Edmond’s campaign, check it out here. After contacting thousands of voters personally, Micah can tell you that even the 8th District does not give the President an A-.

We have two great candidates to support on the federal ticket.

Ed Gillespie has also made up ground in his race against Mark Warner. Poll after poll shows Warner below 50% — giving Ed the window of opportunity to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Virginia electoral history.

Ed continues to put forward a positive agenda on the economy, on health care, on energy policy. And, he points out that while Senator Warner talks a big bi-partisan game, he votes like every other liberal in the Senate.

Ed and Micah cannot get across the finish line on Tuesday without our help. Every vote will count.

Please take part in the final GOTV door-to-door and phone banking efforts. I have included some contact information below for the campaigns and local GOP units.

As you talk with your fellow Republicans, remind them that they can still vote absentee if they think for any reason they may be out of town or delayed in getting to the polls on election day (in person through Saturday). As we know, one accident on the beltway can ruin an entire evening commute! We cannot leave afford to leave any votes sitting in TRAFFIC.

Gillespie Metro Blitz
Wednesday morning (10/29) rush hour, 6-8 am.

Stops they need help with:
Orange Line: Clarendon, Virginia Square
Blue Line: Eisenhower, Van Dorn, Pentagon City, Crystal City

Email Anna at or call 703-888-9195 if you can help.

GOTV & Election Day

* If you live in Alexandria or Arlington, take time to make some phone calls at Alexandria GOP HQ. Open every weeknight from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and on Saturdays, at 221 S Henry St. in Old Town Alexandria.

* Fairfax County GOTV operations: info here.

* Gillespie Campaign: Juanita Balenger, or call 703-731-1032

* Edmond Campaign: Email here.

Contact your unit to sign up to work the polls on Election Day.
Falls Church: Email

– Mark Kelly

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From the Chairman: 21 Days To Go

Last weekend, I had the chance to knock on doors with my 12 year-old daughter. I couldn’t have asked for a better door knocking partner.


With just three weekends left, we have a chance to make a real difference in the races for U.S. Senate and the House for Ed Gillespie and Micah Edmond. Please spend at least an hour each weekend volunteering for them.

Why is it important? Because we cannot afford another two years of more of the same. 

We need a United States Senator and a United States Congressman who will fight for economic policies that work — not be a rubber stamp for the President’s failed agenda.

As you talk with your fellow Republicans, remind them that they should vote absentee if they think for any reason they may be out of town or delayed in getting to the polls on election day. 

And, if you live in Arlington, don’t forget that we need to elect John Vihstadt to a full term on the County Board.

Mark Kelly

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Voter registration deadline is THIS TUESDAY!

This Tuesday, October 14th, is the deadline to register to vote to be able to vote in this year’s elections!

If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, check your status here.

You may register online at, register in person at one of the locations listed here, or mail the paper voter registration form

If you choose to register by mailing the paper application, it must be postmarked on or before October 14th. If you choose to register in person, the application must be received by the county/city registrar by 5:00 pm on Tuesday.

If you choose to register online, note that you may be required to print out & sign your application even if you register online (especially if you don’t have a Virginia driver’s license or DMV-issued ID). To be safe, you should register online by Tuesday afternoon so you have time to bring your application to the post office before the last collection of the day to ensure it gets postmarked on time.

Click here for more information on registering to vote.

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New absentee voting hours added

There are new extended hours for in person absentee voting. Click here to see if you qualify to vote absentee.

You can also apply for a mailed absentee ballot. (Mailed absentee ballot applications must be mailed to your county/city registrar [listed on the application] and must be received [postmark does not count] by 5 pm on Tuesday, October 28th.)

City of Alexandria: Office of Voter Registration & Elections
132 North Royal Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
October 15-16, 20-22, 27-30: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
October 25 & November 1: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Arlington County: Courthouse Plaza
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320
Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
October 23 & 30: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 25 & November 1: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Fairfax County: Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 2 & 3
Fairfax, VA 22035 (map)
Hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

*Fairfax County satellite locations are open Monday-Friday 3:30-7:00 pm between Oct. 14th-31st; and every Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm now through Nov. 1st.
– Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road in Alexandria
– Mount Vernon Government Center, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria
– Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue in McLean
– North County Human Services Building, 1850 Cameron Glen Drive in Reston
– West Springfield Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road in Springfield
– Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike in Annandale
– Sully District Government Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly

City of Falls Church: Registrar of Voters
300 Park Avenue, Suite 101 East
Falls Church, VA 22046 (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
October 25 & November 1: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


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From the Chairman: Six Weeks!

Six weeks from today – across America – voters will head to the polls with control of the U.S. Senate up for grabs.

Here in Virginia, we have the opportunity to do our part. By electing Ed Gillespie, we will remove a rubber stamp for President Obama and Harry Reid.

The House of Representatives has passed over 350 bills that have never received a vote in the U.S. Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid is effectively a one man veto. It’s time to ensure the Senate is NOT where good ideas go to die.

That starts by replacing Mark Warner.

Here in the 8th, we have the opportunity to replace Jim Moran with a Congressman we can be proud of. (I probably do not need to give you the list of all the ways that has not happened over the past 20+ years.)

Micah Edmond continues to work hard entering the home stretch. He is talking to voters about issues they care about. And, especially at this time of unrest in the Middle East, we should remind voters that we have the opportunity to send a Marine to Congress.

We can be confident Micah will serve us well and will make us proud in the House.

Please look for a way to support our outstanding candidates over the next 42 days. You can start by encouraging friends and neighbors to vote absentee — especially in the 8th, where traffic could ruin your plans to vote on November 4th.

Mark Kelly


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