48th House District Special Election: Vote TODAY!


Special Election Day for the 48th District House of Delegates seat is TOMORROW, Tuesday, August 19th! Polls will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Dave Foster is our Republican nominee! He is a longtime Arlington resident who served two terms on the Arlington County School Board, and served two terms on the Virginia Board of Education, including one term as President of the Board. He is highly qualified for the job and will make an excellent delegate – if we get out and vote for him!

(You can read about his opponent’s “war on women” in the posts below.)

Turnout for this election is expected to be very low, so every vote counts, even more so than usual. Earlier this year, a special election for state Senate in the Eastern Shore of Virginia was decided by a margin of nine votes out of 20,000 cast – and the Republican candidate lost. One person really can decide an election. Terry McAuliffe showed in the budget showdown that he is willing to break the law and bully legislators to get what he wants, so we need to send another Republican to the House of Delegates to stand strong against Terry McAuliffe. Please go out and vote for Dave Foster!

All but one of the precincts in the 48th House District are in the 8th District – 13 in Arlington and 7 in Fairfax County.

If you vote in one of the precincts listed below, please go out and vote for Dave Foster tomorrow!:

6 – Crystal City
7 – Cherrydale
10 – Wilson
16 – Lyon Village
19 – Rosslyn
20 – Thrifton
24 – Woodlawn
33 – Rock Spring
34 – Yorktown
35 – Madison
36 – Marshall
44 – Dawson Terrace
50 – Crystal Plaza

302 – Chesterbrook
305 – El Nido
307 – Haycock
310 – Kirby
312 – Longfellow
314 – McLean
318 – Westmoreland
333 – Salona #2

TO CHECK IF YOU ARE IN THE 48TH DISTRICT, AND TO CHECK YOUR POLLING PLACE: Click here to go to the Virginia State Board of Elections’ voter tool. Select your county (Arlington or Fairfax), enter your address, and click Search. Your poll location is listed first. Underneath that box is a blue heading that says Districts. If nothing shows up underneath it, click the small + symbol to expand the box. Your district is listed as “House of Delegates: 0__”.

Click here to go to our special election info page for more about the election and about Dave Foster.

Volunteers are needed to help the Foster campaign on election day. If you want to be a poll watcher, or go door to door to turn out the vote, please contact Chris Marston at chris.marston@gmail.com.

Again, we need your help to elect Dave Foster and strengthen our Republican majority in the House of Delegates to stand firm against Terry McAuliffe’s overreaches. Please get out and VOTE!


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“Rip” Sullivan’s War on Women

From the Fairfax County GOP:

Various online sources have now reported that “Rip” Sullivan, the Democratic candidate for the open seat in the 48th House of Delegates, played a questionable role in a wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit that was ultimately settled by his law firm. The appalling details behind the litigation can be found here – but the bottom line is that serious questions have been raised about Sullivan’s attitudes towards women and the disabled.

On July 31, at a joint press conference, Sullivan stated that he believes that a woman’s health decisions should be between her and her doctor. Yet, if the allegations in the litigation are true, Sullivan – an attorney, not a doctor – believes that it is acceptable to pressure a woman who was injured while working for his law firm to return to work earlier than her doctor had recommended. He also believes that a woman in that position is not entitled to reasonable accommodations by her employer. And he believes that she should be discharged even when male employees with comparable performance records are retained.

In fairness to Mr. Sullivan, we have only heard one side of the story. But we have seen no response to the charges from Mr. Sullivan. And of course his allies in the local press have no interest in giving the voters the information they need to decide. Still, we can be certain that if “Rip” Sullivan were a Republican he would not be allowed to skate by without more scrutiny on this matter.

If Sullivan has the audacity to treat his own employee with such disdain, how will he treat his constituents in Virginia’s 48th House District? His silence on this matter speaks volumes. The stakes are too high to take a chance on “Rip.”

Fortunately, voters have a choice. Dave Foster has an unblemished record of public service on the Arlington County School Board and the State Board of Education, and we can count on him to treat all of his constituents fairly and honestly.

On Tuesday, vote for Dave Foster to be the next delegate from the 48th House District!

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From the Chairman: Special Election Update

Next Tuesday is the Special Election in the 48th House of Delegates seat in the General Assembly.

In typical fashion, Democrats are trying to turnout their voters by trumpeting Rip Sullivan’s support for their liberal agenda. And, they are hitting Republican nominee Dave Foster for allegedly being a part of a Republican “war on women.”

It’s a page right out of President Obama’s 2012 playbook.Today, that playbook is looking a little less likely to succeed.

The Bearing Drift blog published the first details of a gender discrimination/wrongful termination lawsuit against Democrat nominee Rip Sullivan’s law firm. According to the documents, Sullivan allegedly was the one who recommended the termination in question.

For more details on these shocking allegations, click here. Mr. Sullivan certainly has a lot to answer for regarding his role in this case.

In the closing days, we can work together to promote Dave Foster’s positive record of working collaboratively on the Arlington School Board and the Virginia Board of Education. We can talk about Dave’s opposition to wasting our scarce transportation dollars on the streetcar. We can remind people that Dave opposes raising taxes on energy, and Dave opposes Sullivan’s proposal to reinstate the death tax.

If you can volunteer for Dave in the final 72 hours to get out the vote in this low turnout race, please sign up at his website here:

Mark Kelly

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Nancy Pelosi pulls a Jim Moran

Last night in the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi charged at Republican Congressman Tom Marino (PA) and chased him around the House floor, resulting in House security being called. According to Marino, Pelosi called him an “insignificant person” who apparently has no right to criticize the great Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi has apparently taken a page from Jim Moran’s playbook – Moran physically assaulted a Republican congressman on the House floor and threatened to break another’s nose.

Please donate to Micah Edmond today so that we can replace the embarrassing Jim Moran with a smart, qualified, civilized member of Congress – and also so that we can make Nancy Pelosi even more politically insignificant as the leader of a shrinking minority in the House.

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From the Chairman: Less than 100 days til Nov. 4th

Let’s face it, there is a lot going on across the globe right now. Our elected leaders in Washington are staring down a foreign policy crisis on multiple fronts — Russia/Ukraine, Gaza and Libya.

Here at home, we have a border crisis. It was caused by an illegal immigration magnet policy set forward by President Obama. In typical fashion, the President tried to blame Congress for it.

Our veterans are being ill-served by a bureaucratic health care system that gives us a little glimpse of what a single-payer, socialized system would be like for the rest of us.

Speaking of Obamacare, the D.C. Circuit Court ruled in favor of the plain meaning of the law, that federal exchange subsidies were illegal. Many of the bill’s supporters are dismissing this damaging ruling as a drafting error.

This spin is tough to buy. Congress uses the threat of financial penalties to get states to act all the time. There is little doubt the bill’s authors would do it here.

Secondly, this is a reminder of what happened when Democrats decided not to negotiate a bill that could pass with bi-partisan support after Scott Brown was elected to the Senate. Instead, Obama, Reid and Pelosi rammed it down the American people’s throats. Ever since, the Obama administration has been waiving and delaying unworkable provisions – provisions backed 100% by Senator Mark Warner.

Since the 4th Circuit disagreed on the subsidies provision, this issue seems almost certainly headed for the Supreme Court. In the meantime, insurers are sending out early warnings that we will see another jump in premiums — despite the promise from President Obama that this law would lower our health care costs.

Obamacare is a mess, and Mark Warner owns it.

It is no wonder that Senator Warner came out swinging in his debate with Ed Gillespie last weekend. He knows that the national environment is bad for Democrats and could get much worse. And, since he votes with the Obama/Reid positions 97% of the time, he cannot escape his record.

The issues are on our side, now we just have to put the boots on the ground to match the Democrats who are desperate to save Senator Warner from the sinking ship of the Obama presidency.

While we work toward victory in the fall, don’t forget that Dave Foster can use your help in the 48th District special election now. If you are able, please consider volunteering to knock doors or make calls for him leading up to Election Day August 19th.

Mark Kelly

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