Friday, November 9, 2012
New Virginia senator says first order of business is to work on good solutions to nation's debt.
Tim Kaine (D), Virginia's newly-elected U.S. Senator, says his first order of business will be to lobby for longterm solutions for the country's fiscal situation. Kaine held a press conference in Richmond on Wednesday, one day after he defeated former Virginia governor and senator George Allen (R) in the general election. Kaine, governor of the state from 2006-10, earned 52 percent of the vote to Allen's 48 on Tuesday. Kaine takes over the seat vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D), who is retiring after one term. Webb defeated Allen in a similarly close Senate race in 2006. “The key for us in public office is to read the message from the electorate,” Kaine told reporters. “They want cooperative government. They are telling us over and over and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Virginia is still too close to call as precinct results roll in.
Update 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 - With all Virginia precincts finally reporting, President Barack Obama received 1,868,191 votes from Virginia voters, according to final but unofficial data from the Virginia State Board of Elections. That's 50.57 percent of the vote. Gov. Mitt Romney received 1,767,692 votes, or 47.85 percent. The three third-party candidates on the ballot received a combined 1.42 percent of votes, and write-in candidates the remainder. The race was too close late Tuesday night, even hours after multiple national news outlets called the race nationally. ------------- Original post, Tuesday, Nov. 6 updated 2 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, …
Incumbent Gerry Connolly (D) beats out challenger Chris Perkins (R) and four other candidates.
Final unofficial results around 1:14 a.m. Wednesday showed U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly easily outpacing Republican challenger Chris Perkins, with 60.06 percent of the vote to Perkins' 26.22 percent across the 11th District. Connolly won by at least 15 percentage points in all three of the 11th District jurisdictions, defeating Perkins 58.87 to 37.48 percent in Fairfax County; 55.36 to 40.44 percent in Fairfax City; and 65.91 to 30.11 percent in Prince William County, according to the State Board of Elections. As of 1:14 a.m. Wednesday, all precincts in the 11th District had reported their results. Update 10:31 p.m.: In a victory speech for several hundred people gathered in Tysons Corner, Gerry Connolly said voters in Virginia's 11th District…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Find out where your polling place is in Fairfax County — it may have changed.
Whether you’re supporting President Barack Obama or Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, you can’t vote in Annandale if you don’t know where to go or if you go to the wrong polling location. Many polling locations have changed since last year and even more have moved since the last presidential election. You may be voting in a new location due to political redistricting or a move of your own, even if you only moved a block away. You can find out where to vote in Annandale through this polling place tool from the Virginia State Board of Elections website by inputting the address that is on your voter registration. You may verify your voter registration here. Polls are open from 6 a.m to 7 p.m. You can vote if you are in line by 7 p.m. See more…
Money to prevent flooding in lower Huntington, money for libraries, fire stations and parks will be on the ballots for Fairfax County voters in November.
In addition to choosing a president, Fairfax County voters will be deciding on millions in funding for libraries, parks, public safety and stormwater through bond referenda. The four bond issues are: None of the bonds are expected to raise tax rates for residents. If approved by voters, the $30 million stormwater bond will pay to build a levee and pumping station to protect the Huntington neighborhood from flooding. During the past 10 years, three floods have damaged homes, vehicles and other property in this neighborhood, and there are 180 homes in the FEMA-designated floodplain that are at risk in the future. At Fairfax County’s request, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studied the best ways to protect Huntington from future floods. The…
The Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District is fed up with politics in Washington. How would he change things up?
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Tuesday. With that in mind, this is the fifth in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Playing hardball with China, reforming America's two-party political system and running as a third-party candidate were discussed this week in an interview with Joe Galdo, the Green Party candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Galdo spoke with Patch from his home in Fairfax. Galdo, 66, has less than $10,000 campaign cash on-hand, and faces incumbent Democrat Rep. Gerry …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Virginia governor and sons of Mitt Romney visited students and their parents during a swing state visit focused on getting out the Asian-American vote.
Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Hope Chinese School with Tagg and Ben Romney, sons of Gov. Mitt Romney, Sunday afternoon in an effort to court Asian-American voters ahead of the election on Tuesday. McDonnell and the Romney sons met with around 75 students and their parents, taking photos, signing Romney/Ryan stickers and accepting gifts from students during the visit. Hope Chinese School staff also gave McDonnell backpacks and other supplies to donate toward Hurricane Sandy relief. McDonnell told the crowd that Romney believes deeply in religious and political freedom and spoke about Romney's commitment to getting young people back to work and getting the country out of debt. "I'm supporting Mitt Romney partly because he's a great leader. He's…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
A local voter encourages residents to vote for Col. (Ret.) Chris Perkins for Congress this Tuesday.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
To The Editor: As a veteran it disappoints me that Congressman Gerry Connolly would belittle a veteran’s service as he has to Colonel (Ret.) Chris Perkins over the past few weeks. Now more than ever we need true leadership representing us in Washington, D.C. And in my opinion, Gerry Connolly is not a leader. He is a follower – a puppet for President Barack Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who is more concerned with remaining on their good side than fighting for what Virginians need. For him to say that Colonel Perkins doesn’t have the sweat equity in his local district needed to be a Congressman is just wrong. While Connolly was overtaxing us as the Chairmanof the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Colonel Perkins was leading …
A Springfield resident asks local voters to consider Col. (Ret.) Chris Perkins in this Tuesday's elections.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
To The Editor: I am terribly disheartened that a Congressional candidate – let alone an incumbent– could say something so disparaging toward the members of our armed forces like Gerry Connolly has. By discrediting Colonel (Ret) Chris Perkins’ service, saying that it is not good enough experience to qualify for a seat in the United States Congress, Congressman Connolly has essentially issued the proverbial slap-in-the-face to all of our servicemen and women out there. Connolly believes that his experience working at the local level building schools and paving roads before entering federal politics makes him the more qualified candidate. He forgets that military men and women like Colonel Perkins also help build schools and pave roads; …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Articles covering the issues, people and more on the 2012 presidential, senate and house elections in Virginia.