2018 8th District Convention Details

We are pleased to announce the details of the 2018 8th District Republican Convention!

Saturday, April 28th
10:00 AM

Thomas Jefferson High School
6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22312

Official Call

At the convention we will be selecting our nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in this year’s election and electing a Chairman of the 8th District Republican Committee.

To be eligible to vote at the convention, you must register through your county/city Republican committee. The filing forms will be posted here as they are published by the respective committees. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully — incomplete or incorrectly submitted forms will disqualify you under party rules!

Alexandria City residents: Form coming soon

Arlington County residents: Form coming soon

Fairfax County residents: Form available here
Deadline is February 24th! Make sure you check the box for the 8th District Convention. You may also register for the Fairfax County Republican Convention on March 17th in Reston.

Falls Church City residents: Form coming soon

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Kelly at chairman@vagop8cd.org.

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Welcome to 2018

We’re opening 2018 with the good news that after an intense series of recounts and Democrat attempts to steal the election, we have held our majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.

This year, we’ll have a race for Congress here in the 8th District, and a statewide election for U.S. Senate. Don Beyer and Tim Kaine simply need to go!

Our biennial 8th District Convention will also be held this year, likely in May. There will also be conventions in the local county/city units, as necessary. Stay tuned for more details.

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From Fairfax County GOP Chairman Matt Ames

Fairfax County Republican Committee Chairman Matt Ames sent the following message today:

Fellow Fairfax Republicans:

Earlier this year my wife, Ann, asked me not to run for a third term as Chairman. Actually, that’s not right. To be precise, she said that she would prefer that I not run for a third term. Ann has supported my involvement in the FCRC without question or complaint since I became Providence District Chairman, nearly ten years ago. All she’s ever asked is that I let her know what time I’ll be home. The only way I can thank her for her loyalty and love all through the past four years is to make her preference reality.

I also owe much to my law partner, Art Hubacher, who has been patient and understanding as my political activities have gradually taken more and more time away from our law practice. I need to get back to work full time.

So, as many of you already know or may have guessed, I will not be a candidate for reelection in 2018. In January, the Executive Committee will recommend to the membership of the FCRC a proposed call for the 2018 County Convention, laying out key dates and the basic procedure for electing the next Chairman. The Convention will most likely be held in March.

We all know that our country is divided and faces many significant problems. The future seems uncertain, and we wonder whether leadership in Washington is up to the job. These deep concerns about the direction of the country naturally affect perceptions and desires here in Fairfax, and add to the challenges our next Chairman will face.

In such a troubled time, it is more important than ever that whoever leads the FCRC has a sound understanding of our role and capabilities. The next Chairman must also be able to work with everybody in the Party to keep the whole team focused on those things we can control. We are fortunate to have a strong local organization and the support of dedicated volunteers who can put aside their frustrations with the national scene to keep working where they are, to change what they can. With their help, I’m sure our next Chairman will find the job rewarding, and a little less challenging.

Thank you all for your many contributions to our Party and our candidates. I’ll have more to say about the 2017 election and the future of the GOP in Fairfax County and Virginia between now and March.

Most sincerely,
Matt Ames
Chairman, Fairfax County Republican Committee

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Democrats are trying to overturn the House election results

Virginia Republicans have held on to a 51-49 majority in the House of Delegates after this month’s elections, but Democrats are not satisfied with the election results. They have brought in notorious Democrat super-lawyer Marc Elias to file bogus lawsuits challenging election results in the 28th, 40th, and 94th Districts.

In the 28th District, where Republican Bob Thomas, a Marine Corps veteran, won by nearly 100 votes, they tried to get a court to force 55 absentee ballots that arrived after the deadline to be counted. Now they are claiming that dozens of 88th District voters should have voted in the 28th District, based on outdated precinct lines, and have apparently convinced the state board of elections not to certify the election results so they can take it to court.

In the 40th District, Republican Delegate Tim Hugo leads by just over 100 votes. We have not heard of any shenanigans in this race yet, but the Democrats are sure to demand a recount.

And in the 94th District, Republican Delegate David Yancey won by 10 votes. In their desperation, the Democrats filed a lawsuit over 1 single ballot!

The lawsuits and recounts are coming, and the Democrats will continue fighting to overturn the election results for the rest of the year and possibly into 2018.

How can you help? For now, you can donate to the House GOP’s Majority Protection Fund. Your donation will fund the House GOP’s legal efforts to protect these three Republicans in the 28th, 40th, and 94th District.

And when the recounts start next month, we will likely need volunteers to serve as observers – stay tuned for details.

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From 8th District GOP Chairman Mark Kelly

Thanks to Ed, Jill and John, and all of our Republican candidates who worked so hard in this election. Also, thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered to help our candidates win.

Unfortunately, the results did not go our way last night across the Commonwealth. There will be a lot of Monday morning quarterbacks out there with their opinion of what went right and what went wrong. They will point fingers and assign blame. Whatever the reason or reasons, Democrats did a better job of motivating their voters to go to the polls. And the candidates who turn out the most voters win.

This morning, we may feel disappointed. But if we are committed to our principles and our values, then we cannot give up the fight. The issues facing Virginia and the nation are too important. We must regroup, strengthen our resolve, and go back to work because the next election is just one year away.

Mark Kelly
Chairman, 8th District Republican Committee

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