Convention call now available

The final call for the 2016 8th District Republican Convention is now available for download – click the link below!

Convention Call – PDF

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2016 Congressional nominee will be selected by convention

The 8th District Republican Committee voted unanimously yesterday to select our 2016 nominee for Congress by convention. The convention will be held on May 7th.

Additionally, the Committee made a change to the election process for delegates to the Republican National Convention. Rather than holding separate elections for Delegate & Alternate Delegate, a single election will be held and the top 3 candidates (finishing 1-3) will be delegates and the next 3 candidates (finishing 4-6) will be alternate delegates.

More information on the convention and the filing forms will be available soon on our 2016 Convention page.

Please contact chairman@vagop8cd.org or webmaster@vagop8cd.org with any questions.

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From the Fairfax County GOP Chairman: 2016 & Beyond

Americans are not known for looking back. Our national character pushes us to find the next challenge and the next opportunity. This year more than ever New Year’s Day is about the future, not the past.

The current Administration has made it clear that it despises our character, our traditions, and our institutions, and wishes only to subvert them. Our constitutional processes will ensure that Barack Obama leaves office next January – but he has done great harm, and allowing the Democratic Party any more time in the White House would be a disaster for our country.

The Democratic Party was once a proud and patriotic voice for the American people. While our two parties may have fought bitterly over who should hold power and what should be done with it, there was never any doubt that the Democrats put America first.

But today, as I have said many times, the Democratic Party is a clear and present danger to the national security and the economic prosperity of this country. Consider this: The leading candidate for the Democratic nomination is not only a liar, but very likely a felon, and in any case believes that she is above the law. Her chief rival for the nomination constantly spews nonsense that reveals him and his followers to be utterly ignorant of even the most basic economic principles. And the party itself is so devoid of intellectual diversity and so beholden to a conglomerate of corrupt special interests that no other credible candidates have appeared. For the sake of the Republic for which our Party was named, we must win the White House in November.

The problem is urgent, and impatience is not only understandable, but called for. Only if we are spurred by the knowledge that defeat means disaster will we have the perseverance and the drive to overcome all obstacles between now and Election Day.

Perspective, patience and understanding are equally necessary. As our candidates contend for the nomination, we face division in our Party, and the task of coming together and then defeating the Democrats may seem daunting. Let’s remember that, as the country has slowly awakened, our Party has grown more successful at the ballot box: Across the country we are stronger today than at any time since the 1920’s. When it has mattered, we have put our differences aside to face the real opposition, and we have succeeded. We will need every vote in November, and if we come together again, we will succeed again.

Even victory in November will not be enough. It took generations to reach this point, and the country badly needs reform — effective reform based on conservative principles. Our health care industry, our retirement system, our educational institutions, our immigration policies, the federal regulatory system, and more, all need reform. We have struggled with these problems for a generation with little success because of the strength of the other party and the reluctance of the public to see that there are better, more sustainable alternatives to traditional, big government solutions. We will need to educate the public to build support for change — and we must always remember that we are fighting the leadership of the Democratic Party, not the rank-and-file voters who are our friends, our neighbors, and our family members.

If we are to restore our economy and our political system as the envy of the world, we must choose leaders able to think creatively about policy solutions, and about how to communicate those solutions to the public.

I am confident that we will find that leadership and achieve our goals, this year and in the years that follow.

As GOP Chairman in Fairfax County, I will do everything within my power to ensure victory for our Party’s nominee after the national convention in July. I know you will, too. There is much to do even before the convention, and we’ll be in touch very soon.

Thank you for your support and hard work in 2015: We will need that much and more as we move forward to victory and a stronger America.

Most Sincerely,

Matt Ames
Chairman, Fairfax County Republican Committee

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2015 RPV Advance

The annual Republican Party of Virginia Advance is coming up soon!

It will be held December 11-13 at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA. Speakers include Laura Ingraham, Michael Steele, John Bolton, Ken Cuccinelli, Ed Gillespie, Pete Snyder, the Virginia Republican congressional delegation, Corey Stewart, John Whitbeck, Jim Gilmore, and many other big names in Virginia and national politics, along with helpful training workshops and breakout sessions from state and national leaders. Over three dozen Republican members of the General Assembly will also be present.

Ticket packages start at $80/person with proceeds benefiting the Republican Party of Virginia. Limited rooms are available at the Omni Homestead and nearby hotels; click here for a list.

For information about the 2015 Advance, visit www.RPVadvance.com.

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2015 Election Recap from FCRC Chairman Matt Ames

Fairfax Republicans:

There always many people who deserve our thanks after a hard-fought election: the members of the FCRC, our donors, the voters who saw the merits of our candidates, the individuals and groups who contributed financially to particular campaigns — but most especially the candidates themselves and the thousands of committed volunteers who put in so many hours on their behalf.

I can’t overstate the size of the job that our volunteers undertake every year. There are more registered voters in Fairfax County than there are in eleven states. Staffing our 241 voting precincts on Election Day requires a minimum of 3000 hours of volunteer time. Staffing the in-person absentee voting locations requires another 800 hours. And that’s not counting back-to-school night events at nearly 200 schools, or knocking and calling for the campaigns. This year, when we were supporting more than 30 candidates, it was especially challenging.

I also can’t overstate the personal sacrifice and dedication required of our candidates. Any candidate for public office takes on a big personal challenge, and the mere decision to run is an act of courage. The size of the County, the high cost of running a campaign, and the demographic and partisan composition of our electorate make that challenge especially great here in Fairfax. Our candidates this year represented us honorably and well, and they all deserve our respect, our thanks, and our congratulations.

Here are the highlights of this year’s races:

Braddock District is never friendly territory for Republicans, but incumbent Supervisor John Cook ran a flawless campaign to secure his well-deserved reelection. As they have for many years, Larry and Nancy Krakover formed the core of John’s team. Braddock resident Jeanette Hough was endorsed by the FCRC for one of the three at-large positions on the School Board. It is very difficult for a Republican — especially a first-time candidate — to win a County-wide race in Fairfax, but Jeanette pulled it off and will soon begin a four-year term on the School Board.

In Dranesville District, we were represented by an exceptional set of six candidates: Jennifer Chronis for Dranesville Supervisor, Pete Kurzenhauser for School Board, Craig Parisot and Danny Vargas running for the House of Delegates, and Stephen Hollingshead and George Forakis for Senate. All faced well-known candidates, either incumbents or individuals who had run before. Our energetic and enthusiastic Dranesville team worked closely with the campaigns and continued its tradition of superb work; Ellie Bartlett and Mark Cronin are just two of many who deserve special mention.

Three of our candidates were Hunter Mill District residents. Arthur Purves, our candidate for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, delivered a powerful message about the state of the County’s finances that may prove prophetic if it continues unheeded. Mark Wilkinson, running for Hunter Mill School Board, and Dr. Bob Copeland, one of our three at-large School Board candidates, both sought to bring fiscal responsibility and political accountability to the School Board. Randy Bordelon, Pam Styles, and nearly 160 other volunteers ensured that every Hunter Mill voter was offered a Republican sample ballot on Election Day.

Our Lee District volunteers turned out all summer and fall to support Anna Urman for the House of Delegates, and Mayor Jerry Foreman and Joe Murray in their Senate races. All three acquitted themselves well against well-funded and established opponents. Nancy Almasi and Beth Schaefer worked tirelessly, organizing events and contacting voters.

In Mason District, the FCRC endorsed Mollie Loeffler, the independent candidate for Supervisor against 20-year incumbent Penny Gross. Mollie and her team knocked on the door of every Republican, independent, and Democrat-leaning voter in the district, a goal that has not been met in many years in Mason. Paul Blumstein was critical to the door-knocking effort, and Susan Cobb played a key role in recruiting and organizing volunteers.

Mount Vernon District resident Scott Cameron presented his plans for protecting environmental quality in a fiscally responsible manner to voters all across the County and was elected to the Soil and Water Conservation Board. Jane Gandee brought exceptional experience (not to mention grace and charm) to her campaign for Supervisor, and Anthony Stacy showed great perseverance in his School Board race. Jerry Foreman and Joe Murray are true gentlemen, whose optimism and generosity made it a pleasure for our Mount Vernon team to work with them. Special thanks go to Delegate Dave Albo for his assistance to the rest of the ticket in Mount Vernon. Two of our most dedicated and effective precinct organizers, Ford Chinworth and Cindy Smith, also deserve particular recognition.

Providence District is home to two of our Republican-endorsed School Board candidates. In 2009, Patty Reed became the first Republican elected to represent Providence District since the 1970s. Her outstanding performance, especially on matters related to the budget and teacher compensation, was recognized by many outside groups. Unfortunately, despite the hard work of Stephan Brady, Ross Witter, and other volunteers, Providence voters reverted to their Democrat leanings and elected a left-wing Democrat to represent them. Manar Jean-Jacques ran for one of the three at-large seats on the School Board, because her immigrant parents did not come to America to be denied a voice in their government. Manar was a wonderful running mate to Jeanette Hough and Bob Copeland, and I hope she will stay engaged with our party.

Springfield District is historically the core of Republican strength in the County. Supervisor Pat Herrity led the effort there, working with Delegate Dave Albo, Delegate Tim Hugo, and School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz to deliver a unified message to more than 15,000 Republican voters in Springfield. Elizabeth Schultz also deserves great credit for her heroic and relentless battle to elect more Republicans to the School Board. Springfield resident John Frey, our long-serving Clerk of Court, benefited greatly from this teamwork; he and the rest of our Springfield-based incumbents were reelected by healthy margins. They provide strong leadership here in Fairfax and in Richmond, and we look forward to their continued service. Suzanne Spikes, Michael Marrow, and Geraldine Davie all provided leadership of their own in support of the campaigns and the FCRC.

Sully District offers another example of outstanding teamwork. With the strong support of his Sully running mates, Tom Wilson narrowly defeated his Democrat-endorsed opponent to win our third seat on the School Board. Although running unopposed, Delegate Jim LeMunyon offered strategic advice, financial support, and many hours of doorknocking to help our ticket. John Guevara‘s campaign for Supervisor was aggressive and well-organized, knocking on over 30,000 doors. Standouts supporting the Guevara campaign include Sully stalwarts Joanne and Ralph Hubbard and Hunter Mill residents Spike and Julie Williams. Tim Hannigan put together a model precinct operation supporting all of our candidates. State Senate candidate and Sully resident Dave Bergman also benefitted from the comprehensive efforts of the Sully team.

Finally, our thanks go to Fairfax City residents Bryan Wolfe and Sang Yi. As he did in his 2013 race, Bryan pointed out that our current sheriff has the wrong priorities and does not know how to provide a safe environment for occupants of the County jail. And Sang’s campaign for the House of Delegates has helped advance our efforts to expand our contacts with the Korean community.

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This year’s campaign was a classic off-year election, with roughly 30% turnout, and only the most engaged and partisan voters going to the polls. With only three exceptions (two of which we won), every one of our challengers was up against an incumbent, or an elected official serving in the same geographic area. Despite the advantages that incumbency and name identification gave to the other side, our candidates performed well in a difficult partisan environment.

Next year will be a different race in a different environment. Turnout will be close to 80%, every media outlet will be saturated with coverage, and swing voters in Virginia will hold the key to the Oval Office. We will need all hands on deck next year, all year. We’ll stay in touch – but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our office at info@fairfaxgop.org or 703-477-4467.

Most Sincerely,

Matt Ames
Chairman

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