Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Voters re-elect Puller, Surovell, Storck, Hyland; elect new Senate member Ebbin to replace Ticer's seat.
The biggest news of Election Day 2011: Democrats and incumbents were re-elected including a hard-won race by Democratic state Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller, who fought off a challenge from former Del. Jeff Frederick in the closest race among Route 1 area political representatives Tuesday. Incumbents were returned to office in Tuesday's elections, with former Del. Adam Ebbin taking the Senate seat of Patsy Ticer, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Also see: Here are the local results, according to the State Board of Elections' website, as of 6 a.m. Wednesday: 36th Senate District Incumbent Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller (D): 55.30 percent Former Del. Jeff Frederick (R): 44.54 percent 44th House District Incumbent Del. Scott Surovell (D…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Candidates greet voters at local polling places Tuesday morning.
Under clear skies and a chilly 38 degrees, volunteers and candidates stood outside precincts Tuesday morning in Fort Hunt and surrounding areas in Northern Virginia to shake hands, hand out campaign literature and sample ballots and get in one last plug as local residents turned out to vote. Turnout for Tuesday's election is expected to be about 30 percent, about the same as 2007, the last time a similar election was held, according to a Washington Post article. Today's election includes races for county supervisors and school board seats, as well as statehouse races. "I'll be surprised if we break 30 percent countywide," Cameron Quinn, in charge of elections, told Patch Tuesday morning. The county, as of Nov. 1, had 640,689 "active" voter…
Monday, November 7, 2011
A Get Out the Vote Rally at George Mason University focused on voter turnout and the importance of retaining control of the state Senate.
"Grab three or four or five of your friends and get out to vote," Senator Mark Warner told a crowd gathered outside the Johnson Center at George Mason University Monday afternoon. A virtual who's who of Virginia Democrats gathered to encourage voting in an election expected to have low turnout, with much at stake. Democrats took control of the Virginia Senate in 2007, for the first time in almost a century. They hope to retain that control November 8. If Republicans gain enough seats to win it back, the GOP would have complete dominance in Richmond. "The races will be determined by tens of votes, hundreds of votes," said Warner. "If you will do your part [by voting], you will make a difference." According to the Virginia State Board of …
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8
Elections for state and local officials are Tuesday, Nov. 8. For your complete guide to who’s running to represent the Huntington and Belle Haven area, view our voter's guide. For all of our election stories from this year, go to bellehaven.patch.com/topics/participate. Who do you think should win in just some of the major elections for Belle Haven and Huntington area voters? Vote in our polls below:
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Elections for state and local officials are Tuesday, Nov. 8. For your complete guide to who’s running to represent the Fort Hunt area, view our voter's guide. For all of our election stories from this year, go to forthunt.patch.com/topics/participate. Who do you think should win in just some of the major elections for Fort Hunt area voters? Vote in our polls below:
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Two seats among those Republicans hope to nab in Tuesday's election
As Election Day nears, Virginia Republicans are keeping a close eye on several tight races across the state, hoping to wrest control of the state Senate away from the Democrats. George Mason University Professor Mark Rozell told Reuters that if Republicans take the state Senate, it could spell trouble next year for President Obama, who won the state in 2008. Northern Virginia has seen visits in recent weeks from Michelle Obama, second lady Jill Biden, former President Bill Clinton and GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are duking it out down to the wire, throwing cash at campaigns across the state where they see trouble. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, last-minute contributions …
Fairfax Republicans rally, disperse to go door-to-door.
About 100 people gathered in Springfield Saturday to hear from Governor Bob McDonnell and other Republicans holding or running for office in Virginia. The '72 Hour Rally' was sponsored by the Republican Party of Virginia and the Fairfax County Republican Committee. "Getting out the vote in the next 72 hours is critical," said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. "This is going to be a race with below 40 percent turnout, so every person who shows up [to vote] makes a bigger difference." A report Sunday on WTOP, not related to the rally, confirmed this. George Mason University Public Policy Professor Mark Rozell told WTOP, "The party that is able to mobilized it's core constituency, the one that has the greater intensity on its side…
Friday, November 4, 2011
Five candidates are vying for three seats on the NVSWCD board.
The Nov. 8 general election ballot includes candidates for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is composed of five members, three of whom are elected every four years. The two remaining directors are appointed by the board, one being a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent serving Fairfax County. Adria Bordas was appointed to that position in 2002. The NVSWCD was founded in 1945 by citizens concerned about protecting and conserving the county’s natural resources. The district has the same boundaries as Fairfax County, but does not include the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax or Falls Church. NVSWCD is one of 47 conservation districts in Virginia and approximately 3,000…
County has 1,835 poll workers, but needs 2,188 more by Tuesday.
The Fairfax County Office of Elections needs more than 2,000 poll workers for the election that takes place on Tuesday, according to Cameron Quinn, who heads up the operation. Right now, the county has 1,835 workers scheduled for Tuesday, but needs 2,188 more by then. The county pays between $100 to $200 for the day, which can be as long as 12 hours. If you can work, you can apply by calling: (703) 324-4735 Qualifications for election workers are as follows:
Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics IAFF Local 2068 President John Niemiec answers a Patch reader's question.
A Patch reader asked why the local firefighter's union contributes to and endorses candidates. We asked Fairfax County (VA) Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics IAFF Local 2068 President John Niemiec. He said: "Being an employee in a Right to Work state that specifically prohibits collective bargaining with management, we need to be particularly active in the political process to help get those politicians who understand the issues and needs of active and retired Fairfax County firefighters, fire inspectors, mechanics and communications professionals elected. "Local 2068 is no different than any other special interest group that engages in political action, donates money to candidates, works at political fundraisers and puts signs in …