Statewide Republican Party of Virginia Convention Postponed

From 8th District Chairman Mark Kelly:

Last night the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia voted unanimously to postpone the May 2nd State Convention. A new date will be set in the coming weeks as we get a clearer understanding of when restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted.

The 8th District Convention is currently scheduled for May 30th. At this time, we do not know whether future restrictions on large gatherings will impact our event. We are watching developments closely and will make an announcement of any change in plans in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, remember over the next two weeks, please practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, keep surfaces clean, AND call your doctor or other healthcare provider BEFORE getting in your car if you are exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms so they can give you instructions on how to proceed safely.

Visit the CDC website for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

From the Republican Party of Virginia:

It brings me no joy to tell you that the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2020 Convention must be postponed until COVID-19 is under control. Given the current Virginia State of Emergency and the guidance from the CDC, the Republican Party of Virginia had no choice but to act prudently to protect the health of the delegates to the Convention. Accordingly, last night, our executive committee voted unanimously to reschedule, keeping in mind the health and well-being of Republicans across the Commonwealth.

We will not let this minor setback define the 2020 election. Virginia WILL turn red for President Trump and Virginia WILL send that liberal Democrat, Mark Warner, packing.

But we can’t do it without your help. Now more than ever, your time and energy are needed on the campaign trail. The election in November is likely to be the most consequential of our lives.

With that in mind, please consider signing up to make phone calls for President Trump. That way, you can stay inside but still make a difference! Head to TrumpVictory.com.

Jack R. Wilson, III
Chairman
Republican Party of Virginia

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Congratulations to new Fairfax County GOP Chairman Steve Knotts

Steve Knotts was elected as the new chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee at their convention on Saturday.

Click here for a recap of the convention.

Congratulations, Steve!

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*UPDATED 3/13* Update on Fairfax County Republican Convention

UPDATE 3/13 @ 3:00 PM from the Fairfax County Republican Committee:

Because the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) closed community use activities at schools starting on March 14, the Fairfax County Republican Convention will take place at the following date, time, and place:

Time/Date: 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 14 (Check-in starts at 9:00 AM.)

Place: Pennino Park – an outside park used for events behind the Pennino Building at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

PLEASE NOTE: The convention will only address the essential business of electing a new chairman and county at-large FCRC members (no candidate talks or side issues).

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Prior update from 3/12

From the Fairfax County Republican Committee:
Out of an abundance of caution aimed at minimizing potential exposure to the coronavirus, FCRC has made the following adjustments to plans for the FCRC Convention this Saturday:
      • The convention will continue to take place at 9:00 AM, Saturday, March 14 in the auditorium of W.T. Woodson High School, 9525 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031 (Building opens and registration starts at 8:00 AM.)
      • We will proceed with two straightforward votes by convention delegates on 1) the new Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee (only one candidate filed), and 2) members who will be filling county at-large member positions (we are under-filed for these positions). Both votes appear to be “pro forma” in nature.
      • We will NOT conduct a STRAW POLL BY SECRET BALLOT at the convention so as to avoid delegates handling paper and standing in lines. As originally planned, the intent of the straw poll was to survey the preferences of convention delegates for candidates seeking Republican nominations for Virginia Senator and the House of Representatives from the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts. Instead of voting at the convention, we will do the straw vote online for convention delegates only and will provide details about that process in a later message. (Let me emphasize the straw poll results will NOT represent official nomination results. Official nomination voting will take place in the primary voting for Senate candidates on June 9 and for Congressional candidates at the 8th and 10th District Republican Conventions, both scheduled for May 30.)
      • Candidates seeking Republican nominations for public office plus candidates seeking to be Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia will each have the opportunity to make three-minute presentations at the convention.
      • FCRC will not be serving any food or drink at the convention. We will have water available for emergency use only. We encourage delegates and attendees to bring their own water.
      • FCRC will have available a limited supply of hand sanitizer at the convention. We encourage delegates and attendees to bring their own hand sanitizer bottles/wipes​​​​​​.
      • The convention auditorium has 1,000 seats so delegates and attendees should be able to spread out for safe space purposes.
      • We ask that all convention attendees follow safe social distancing best practices, including no hand-shaking or other personal touching, maintaining safe distances from other attendees at all times, washing of hands after touching a person or an object that could carry the virus (e.g., a microphone), etc. Protect yourself and those around you!
PLEASE NOTE: If anyone is concerned about endangering their own or someone else’s health by attending the convention, then FCRC recommends they NOT attend the convention. It is not necessary nor desired for people at risk to attend the convention. Better to be safe than sorry!
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Date, Location, and Details on the 8th District Convention Announced!

The 2020 8th District Republican Convention will be held on

Saturday, May 30th
10:00 AM
The Waterford at Springfield
6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Virginia

At the convention, we will be nominating a Republican candidate for Congress; electing three delegates & three alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention; electing three representatives to the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee; nominating an elector for the Electoral College; and electing an 8th District Republican Committee chairman.

To attend and vote at the 8th District Convention, you must register through your county/city Republican committee as follows:

  • Alexandria City Residents: Register here by March 1st
  • Arlington County Residents: Registration coming soon
  • Fairfax County Residents: Register here by 12:00 noon on February 22nd
  • Falls Church City Residents: Registration coming soon

Please be advised that there is a $25 filing fee if you want to vote in the intra-party races (delegates to the Republican National Convention, State Central Committee members, elector, chairman). If you only want to vote in the House of Representatives nomination, there is no fee, but you will not be eligible to vote in the other races.

Filing is now open for any Republican who wants to file to run for one of the offices to be elected at the convention (delegate, elector, State Central Committee, district chairman, and Congress).

See the full 2020 Convention page and official call for more details!

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Fairfax County Residents: One day left to register for conventions!

If you are a Republican in Fairfax County and you want to attend the 8th District Republican Convention (date & location TBA), and/or the Fairfax County Republican Convention on March 14th, and/or the statewide Republican Party of Virginia Convention on May 2nd, you must register by this Saturday, February 22nd at 12:00 noon!

Click here for details and remember that your registration must be either submitted online or received in paper copy by noon on Saturday!

 

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