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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Absentee voting is underway!

Absentee voting for the November 4th general election is now underway! If you qualify to vote absentee, you may vote in person at your county/city elections office, or 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.

In-Person Absentee Voting Locations & Hours

***Note: Additional dates, hours, and locations will be added as we get closer to Election Day. Click the details link at the bottom of each locality listing for information.***

City of Alexandria: Office of Voter Registration & Elections
132 North Royal Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Arlington County: Courthouse Plaza
2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 320
Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fairfax County: Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Conference Rooms 2 & 3
Fairfax, VA 22035 (map)
Monday-Wednesday & Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursdays, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Additional locations and hours will begin Oct. 14th

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



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Go door-to-door for Micah Edmond & Ed Gillespie this weekend!

We are less than two months away from Election Day, and we need your help hitting the ground in support of our candidates!

Please consider going door-to-door this weekend for Micah Edmond and Ed Gillespie in the city of Alexandria or Fairfax County.

Option 1: Lee District, Saturday 9/20
Meet at 9:30 am at the home of Susan Valentine, 6487 Warwick Circle in Alexandria (map).

Option 2: Alexandria City
Meet at Alexandria GOP headquarters, 221 South Henry Street in Old Town Alexandria (map). Click here for details.

See you on Saturday!

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Thirteen years

Early on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 2,977 people woke up.

2,203 of them went to work in or around the World Trade Center.

343 of them reported for duty as NYFD firefighters. 37 of them reported for duty as Port Authority police officers. 23 of them reported for duty as NYPD police officers.

125 of them reported for duty at the Pentagon.

87 of them boarded American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles.

60 of them boarded United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles.

59 of them boarded American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles to Los Angeles.

And 40 of them, plus an unborn baby, boarded United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco.

Going to work. Getting on a plane. Everyday routine activities. It was a beautiful sunny morning on the East Coast. It was primary day in New York City. But while 2,977 people woke up expecting a normal day, 19 others, all thugs and cowards, woke up with plans for a day that was to be anything but normal.

We all remember where we were that morning. We, too, were doing routine activities – sitting in traffic while going to work or driving our kids to school. But if we were watching or listening to the news between 8:49 am and 9:02 am, we were horrified by what we thought was a tragic accident at the World Trade Center. At 9:03 am, we were shocked as we watched live on television as war was declared on the United States.

We were petrified at 9:39 am that another plane had hit the Pentagon, killing 125 of our family, friends, and neighbors. These were the men and women who we saw in the grocery store, on the Metro, next to us in traffic on 395 or Route 50. Some of us may have even been next to them in traffic that morning.

We were utterly horrified at 9:59 am when we watched one of America’s icons of prosperity crumble to the ground – and imagined what it was like for the people who were there.

We fearfully wondered what was next and got our answer after 10:00 am when we learned another plane had crashed in rural Pennsylvania at 10:03 am.

We were speechless when evil finished its task at 10:37 am with the collapse of the remaining tower, taking hundreds more lives, including those of brave policemen and firefighters who stayed in the building to save lives even though it meant losing theirs.

For the rest of the day, we watched television in shock of what had happened. We told our families and friends how much we loved them, realizing the fragility of our lives. We threw away our differences and truly united as a people. We weren’t Republicans or Democrats anymore. We were Americans. We woke up on September 12, 2001 to another not normal day – except this time, we were kinder, gentler, eager to help in any way we could. We donated our time and money and offered our prayers. We were reborn in our love of our country. We were shaken to our core, but we did not allow terror to break us. We heard stories of courage and bravery, like the 393 first responders who gave their lives in New York; the 40 passengers who rose up and stopped their flight from hitting Washington, saving countless lives and winning the first battle in the War on Terror; the hundreds of volunteers digging through the rubble for survivors 24/7. Perhaps we enlisted in the military, or went back to church for the first time in years. We had suffered a tremendous loss. But because we were Americans, we picked ourselves right up and became a better people in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy. We slowly went back to work. Back to school. Back to the airport, flying again. The stock market reopened. Baseball resumed its season. We knew we had to go on with our lives. But we pledged never to forget.

Thirteen years later, we haven’t forgotten. The memories are foggy and the spirit of being united has unfortunately faded, but we haven’t forgotten. We haven’t forgotten the 2,977 people and 12 unborn children we lost that day, and the 6,717+ brave soldiers we have lost in the War on Terror, and the 50,897+ who have been wounded serving our country in the War on Terror. It is our duty and solemn responsibility that we never forget as long as we live, and that we teach future generations about that day and the lessons we learned.

Today, we remember what happened 13 years ago and we offer our prayers for those who perished and their families and those who still suffer physically or mentally from the events of that day. We know that despite our differences, we are all Americans, and no cowardly act of terror can break our resolve or take away our liberty. We will never surrender to terrorists. We will live our lives freely and no one can stop us. We are Americans. May God bless the United States of America, now and forever.

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Micah Edmond fundraiser this Sunday!

Micah Edmond is holding a fundraiser this Sunday, September 7th. With Labor Day behind us, the campaign season has begun in earnest, so please come out to support Micah!

It will be held on Sunday at 5:00 pm at 6414 22nd Street North in Arlington (map). Tickets are $50/person. (Sponsorships are available at $100, $250, $500, $1000, and $2600).

Register online here, or RSVP to Erica Nurnberg at or 202-215-1946.

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