Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Longtime politician says it's time to get out of politics following his Nov. 6 election loss to Tim Kaine.
A fixture in Virginia politics is hanging up his hat. George Allen, the former governor and U.S. senator who makes his home with his family in Mount Vernon, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he has "no intention of running for office again." He and wife Susan “put our heart and soul into this campaign,” he told the newspaper. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is "disappointed" to hear that Allen has taken himself out of the political arena after losing his Senate race last week to Tim Kaine. It was the second Senate race Allen lost, after losing his seat to Jim Webb in 2006. "Two big losses in a row make it tough for George Allen to try yet again to make a comeback," said Mark Rozell, professor of Public Policy at George Mason …
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, …
Fairfax County's Office of Elections provided this update Tuesday about voting in Fairfax County.
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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 your polling location in Fairfax County for the Nov. 6 election.
Whether you’re supporting President Barack Obama or Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, you can’t vote in Chantilly you don’t know where to go or if you go to the wrong polling location. Many polling locations in Virginia 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 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. See more about local and national elections from Chantilly Patch here. Keep up with …
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…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Reader asks fellow residents to vote for Fairfax County library bond on Nov. 6 ballot.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
To the Editor: Fairfax is a passionate community. We are passionate about our local businesses: nothing can compete with the number of local cupcakeries, or series of weekly farmers markets where we pick up our most prized possessions. We are passionate about our sports: our local high school rivalries fill stadiums weekly, and who can forget our love for the Redskins and the Nationals? And we are passionate about our education: thanks to public support, we have both one of premier public school systems and one of the premier library systems at our disposal here in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. But are we committed? We have reached a crossroads in the timeline of Fairfax where passion can only bring us so far, and we …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Officials have suggestions for those who had planned to vote Monday or Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy approaches Northern Virginia.
With Hurricane Sandy approaching, voting may be a concern for those who are planning to vote absentee prior to Election Day, which is Nov. 6. "Safety is our paramount concern," said Merni Fitzgerald, director of Public Affairs for Fairfax County, in an e-mail to Patch. "Fairfax County is monitoring the weather and preparing for Hurricane Sandy," she said. "We’re asking the community to prepare as well. One way to prepare is to think ahead to eliminate travel during the upcoming storm when roads will be wet and slippery. "We are following the guidance of the State Board of Elections and also our own Fairfax County emergency and public safety officials," she noted. "If there are any changes to the operating status of the facilities serving …
Friday, October 26, 2012
As voters weigh $25 million in bonds for library renovations on Nov. 6 ballots, two residents say there is "payback to all residents when these libraries are renovated."
Friday, October 26, 2012
To the Editor: There are a lot of choices we will make on November 6th, but there is one that will improve the quality of life for all Fairfax residents, and it is not subject to competing politicians or last minute veto. The authorization to issue $25 million of bonds to improve three public libraries and relocate one will result in changes that we can see, feel and enjoy. The John Marshall Community Library and Pohick and Tysons-Pimmitt Regional libraries will be renovated and brought up to current standards for modern libraries by upgrading building systems, computer access, and energy efficiency. In addition, quiet and group study areas will be added along with conference space. Improvements to building systems will save on energy …