SEPTEMBER 2011


September 2011

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CONTENTS:

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Feature: Our 2011 School Board Candidates
  • Information on Absentee Voting

SPECIAL REPORTS

  • President Obama’s First Term Accomplishments
  • NAC Commentary:  Domestic Surveillance Post 9/11

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORTS

  • 8th Congressional District Report
  • 11th Congressional District Report

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • National Affairs
  • Labor

DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Dranesville
  • Hunter Mill
  • Mason
  • Springfield

CAMPAIGN REPORTS

SUSTAINERS

  • Honor Roll
  • Renewal Form

EVENTS

  • Event Flyers
  • Other Events

About The Democrat


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

by Rex Simmons

The evolving differences between Democrats and the GOP in the 21st century have never been clearer.  These differences should be front and center in the elections at every level of government.

Democrats have always been and remain the champions of the middle class and those striving to become middle class.  Democrats are the creators of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  These programs are the principal safety net designed to maintain the general welfare of all Americans.  They are under attack by Republican politicians using the argument that the nation cannot afford them.  Make no mistake about it, we can afford these programs with some modifications to recognize the reality of an aging and longer-living population.  But instead of assuring the nation’s population of a minimal standard of living, the GOP wants to severely and continuously limit government’s commitment to pay for these programs and shift any increases in costs to beneficiaries. Most people cannot afford to pay these costs.

I have written before about my 79-year old mother whose income is based solely on a survivor’s benefit under Social Security, a much smaller pension, and Medicare.  It all totals less than $16,000 a year.  Try paying for food, heating fuel, property taxes, utilities, home maintenance and repairs, and transportation on that income.  Fortunately she owns her home outright and does not pay rent like millions of others have to do.  This income does not qualify her for public assistance such as Medicaid or food stamps.  Some years, she gets assistance on heating bills but that appears to have been cut in recent budgets and will no longer be available to someone with her income.  And the GOP wants more cuts…

If you think these issues are only national issues, take another look.  One of the GOP nominees for a State Senate seat in Fairfax County wants to phase out the state income tax and cut corporate taxes.  The state income tax provides Virginia government with over 60 percent of all its revenue.  Since the budget must be constitutionally balanced, what will be cut if there is no income tax?  Undoubtedly this candidate and his GOP colleagues will never give voters an answer.  Already Virginia is strapped for cash to pay for its nearly bottom-of-the-barrel safety net.  Move over Mississippi.

The Republican Governor has run up billions in debts for unpaid transportation bonds and deferred payments to the state employee retirement fund.  These state government debts assure future Virginia governors and legislators will also be left cash-strapped and will also make cuts in government services unless Virginia experiences unprecedented levels of economic growth (which seems unlikely).  Further, Virginia will feel the pain and job losses more than other states from the coming federal budget cuts pushed by who—the GOP members of Congress.

At the local level this also means less money for our public schools which consume more than half of Fairfax County’s annual budgets.  Do those Republican-endorsed school board candidates denounce what their party’s leaders are doing to our state and nation?  It’s doubtful.  The GOP vision for America is why the school board must shutter schools, charge fees to participate in athletics or to take Advanced Placement course tests, reduce course choices, and crowd classrooms.  Education is the key for people to have and maintain middle class lives.  Democrats must and will fight for education funding.  The other side simply will not, has not, and never will.  Let’s be sure voters know about these differences.

Rex Simmons,

Chair

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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

by Frank Anderson

Since I started in mid-July, the campaign season has really heated up!  FCDC is involved in literally dozens of campaigns around the County.  We’re coordinating with candidates and organizations to execute an ambitious voter contact strategy for victory in November.

The primaries are over and we finally have our slate of nominees and endorsed candidates.  I’d like to congratulate the winners of the August 23rd primaries: Adam Ebbin for Senate District 30, Barbara Favola for Senate District 31, Alfonso Lopez for Delegate District 49, and Janet Oleszek for Braddock District Supervisor.  For a complete list of every Democratic candidate running in Fairfax County, please visit our candidates page.

This month, with the start of the school year, we will be focusing on our School Board candidates.  A lot of attention has been focused on these races lately because there are so many seats up for grabs.  Our local volunteers will be attending Back-To-School Nights to remind parents that we have one of the best school systems in America thanks to our Democratic leadership.  I invite you to read our feature article in this issue about our great School Board candidates.

With so many events happening this time of year, I encourage you to take full advantage of our website’s calendar.  It’s self-service, which means you can add content.  Check frequently for volunteer opportunities, parties and other events.

Our plan also includes a strategy to reach out to absentee voters, and we will be distributing thousands of copies of the 2011 Voter Guide. With all the recent changes to many of our districts, precincts and polling locations, the Voter Guide is essential to inform our voters of who is on their ballot and where they need to vote.  Please consider contributing to the Fairfax Democrats so we can spread the message this year to as many voters as possible.

My number one goal at FCDC is to do whatever it takes to elect Democrats in Fairfax County.  In addition to that, I provide support to FCDC leadership and our nine District Committees, and work in the long term to strengthen and expand FCDC.  I’m going to be as accessible and responsive as I possibly can in my role as Executive Director.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.  Email me at frank@fairfaxdemocrats.org or call my office Mon-Fri  10am-4pm at (703) 573-6811.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Feature: Our School Board Candidates

For complete profiles on our School Board candidates, please click here.

Thanks to strong Democratic leadership, Fairfax County public schools are consistently ranked among the best in the United States with high test scores and graduation rates.  Our high performing school system is one of the main reasons five Fortune 500 companies have moved to Fairfax County in the past few years.  This election year is very important to make sure our schools continue to thrive.  The Fairfax County Democratic Committee has endorsed the following candidates:

 

 

 

Click the image above to view information about our School Board Candidates and to visit their websites.

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Information on Absentee Voting

Think you’ll be away from home this November 8th?  Please fill out an absentee ballot application form!  You must complete an application before every election in which you intend to vote absentee. The request must be received in your local voter registration office by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, November 1st, but try to mail or fax your form as soon as possible.  Here are your options for absentee voting in Fairfax County:

1.  Vote Absentee By Mail
Apply For Absentee Ballot By Mail/Fax:    Application Deadline Nov 1,  5pm
Absentee ballot applications are available at county government centers, libraries or online
Fax (703) 324-3725
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb/absentee.htm

Absentee Ballot Must Be Received:    Election Day, Nov 8
Office of Elections
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035

2.  Vote Absentee In-person
Fairfax County Government Center
Weekdays, Sept 23-Oct 21
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
Thurs: 8:00am-7:00pm
Weekdays, Oct 24-Nov 4
Mon – Fri: 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturdays, Oct 8, Oct 29 & Nov 5
9:00am-5:00pm
Satellite Absentee Voting Centers
Oct 24-Nov 5
Mon – Fri: 2:30pm-7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm
Franconia:  6121 Franconia Rd, Alexandria
Mason:  6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale
McLean:  1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean
N. County:  12000 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston
Sully District: 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly
West Springfield:  6140 Rolling Rd, Springfield
Mount Vernon:  2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria

VOTER REGISTRATION
Final Day to Register to Vote or Change your Voter AddressOctober 17

 


SPECIAL REPORTS

President Obama’s First Term Accomplishments

Democrats have always stood for economic and educational parity; that government is responsive not only to the wealthy and well-educated, but to all citizens.

With three years in office under his belt, President Barack Obama has achieved historic milestones aimed at bringing us closer to these values. Not the least of these achievements include signing into law the first substantive overhaul of the U.S. health care system since MEDICARE, repealing the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, and reforming the way Wall Street does business.

President Obama’s legislation and accomplishments have so far focused on the themes of:

  • Growing the economy and business
  • Financial regulatory reform
  • Tackling long-term budget challenges in Washington
  • Tax relief for American families and small businesses
  • Empowering and offering pay equity to women
  • Passing health care reform
  • Protecting a woman’s right to choose, and women’s health
  • Defending the state of Israel and the Jewish community
  • Supporting the LGBT community
  • Bringing the war in Iraq to a responsible end, and realigning forces in other areas of the Middle East
  • Working toward comprehensive immigration reform
  • Building a clean energy future

For more detail on the specific accomplishments of this historic first term, view the slide show from Obama for America.

Want to keep this momentum going? Sign up for a volunteer shift and help us build the neighborhood teams this year that will take us to victory in 2012!

Domestic Surveillance Post 9/11:

A Threat to Fourth Amendment Rights*

Commentary by the National Affairs Standing Committee
Sandra J Klassen and Dan Walsch, Co-chairs

How did we allow our post 9/11 fears to blind us to the surreptitious erosion of one of our most treasured rights under the Constitution, the right to privacy?

Since 9/11 our willingness to give over this right has been truly alarming. Why? Why would anyone willingly give up his right to “be secure in his person?”  The ironic truth is, no one probably would willingly give up his privacy right, but might be a lot more willing to give up yours. The presumption being: I know I’m a law-abiding citizen, or I have nothing to hide so what’s the big deal? On the other hand, I’m not so sure about you.  Once this round robin of fear is set in motion, it’s easy to not see the erosion of privacy rights for us all. This simple mental concession to suspicion and selfishness can deal a crippling blow to a free society.

Concern about terrorism is real, and as US citizens we want to do everything we can to preserve our safety and our freedoms.  Making concessions in the name of national safety, even where our personal rights are concerned, is sometimes necessary.  But, these concessions need to be made deliberately, circumstantially, and by us all, through considered provisions of law.

However, this current threat to the Fourth, and in some ways, the Fourteenth Amendment (due process and equal protection) to the constitution erodes both of these laws so stealthily that we barely notice.  And when we do notice, we often delude ourselves that the deterioration seems almost logical and necessary.

Free speech and personal privacy are constantly under assault in major ways as we move to being a more technology driven society.  In public spaces all over the country, traffic and security cameras watch and record everything and anything on public streets, in shopping malls, apartment buildings, residential complexes and private businesses.  The computer servers of Internet service providers, online social networks, shopping websites and email providers capture, and often sell users’ personal information.  Given these facts, do we just accept that privacy is a quaint concept of the past?  Should we, as former Sun MicroSystems CEO Scott McNeally suggests, just accept that, “there is no privacy, get over it?”

Organizations like the ACLU, The New York Times, and the Electronic Information Privacy Center have for the past several years revealed and reminded us that we’re already on a slippery slope that may, indeed, mean the end of personal privacy. They warn that this slide will not only open personal information for all to see, but also open every individual to employment and legal scrutiny that may result in discrimination and unfair treatment under the law, as well as have a chilling effect on free speech in general.

Given the vast amount of personal information available from an almost endless number of sources, one mistaken bit of information could launch a cascading set of events that might make a hobbit seem like an ogre. Honestly mistaken information may well lead to invasions of privacy and unfortunate consequences that are not easily unraveled or fixed. Example: The number of Robert Johnsons on the federal no fly list in 2010 exceeded 1000.  How possible was it that any, let alone all, were terrorists? Imagine being one of these Roberts trying to fly on business.

In the wake of the recent extension of the Patriot Act, which puts us perilously close to having privacy rights stripped away altogether, what is to be done? How do we regroup, fortify and preserve our personal privacy?

First of all, we need to wake-up and speak-up.  As personal anonymity diminishes through online video, audio and other data gathering devices; enacting new protections for privacy must become a priority of our representatives at all levels of government.  Our elected officials need to know that we care.  They need to know that we want them to work hard to protect our privacy rights.  Yes, we are afraid of terrorism, foreign and domestic, but we also value our right to privacy.  The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution was a toothless tiger until the Supreme Court ruled in 1914 that evidence collected without probable cause is not usable in court.  We need new laws similar to this that protect us against unrestricted data mining. Because of the eyes, ears and data everywhere, we need new laws that preserve the restrictive principle of probable cause, and that protect our privacy.

*Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.  The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT REPORTS

8th: Reston, Falls Church, Alexandria

Congressman: Jim Moran (D)
By Pixie Bell

The 8th Congressional District (CD) meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 8 PM at the Falls Church Community Center, 233 Little Falls St., Falls Church.  The next meeting will be Sept. 19th.  The DPVA will be meeting in Woodbridge on Sept. 16 and 17.  The headquarters hotel is the Hampton Inn Potomac Mills/Woodbridge.  We will vote on where to hold the 2012 State Convention, and to date, Northern VA is the only region to submit a proposal. (Thank you, George).  We will also be voting on a resolution to hold a primary for the U.S. Senate nomination.

The new Women’s Caucus representative for the 8th CD is Marge Signer.  The 8th is planning the annual Kennedy King dinner, to be held on October 13th.  The guest speaker will be Congressman John Lewis, who will speak in part to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Freedom Rides of 1961, in which Congressman Lewis was an active participant.

Del. Bob Brink, in his address at George Mason regarding education, the humanities and finding common ground in Virginia said the following: “Virginia is a place of contrast and change.  Virginia was founded as an agrarian settlement on the banks of the James, but we’re on the cutting edge of the 21st century’s knowledge economy.  We denied some of our citizens the fundamental right to public education rather than comply with the law of the land, and yet Virginia was also the first state in the nation to elect an African-American governor.”  “To find common ground in the midst of all this diversity, to be able to understand the past and use it as a platform on which to build the future, is a difficult task in an increasingly impersonal and isolating world.  In Virginia, it’s especially important for us to make the effort.”

11th:  Annandale, Burke, Springfield, Mt. Vernon, Fairfax

A Message from Congressman Gerry Connolly

The 2011 Democratic primaries now are behind us and it is time to unite behind our party nominees for office and make sure we help them win in the November elections.

From reelecting our Fairfax County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova, to electing our incumbents and candidates for County Supervisor, State Senate, Delegate, School Board, and Constitutional offices, the November elections will play a critical role in moving Fairfax and the Commonwealth forward.

Of particular importance are our State Senate races, where we must work hard to ensure we maintain a Democratic majority.  With Republicans controlling the Governor’s office and the House of Delegates, the State Senate is our only protection against Republican policies that are detrimental to our Virginia economy and environment.

I remain in close touch with Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and his Democratic colleagues in NoVA about our local Senate races and will continue to assist and support our incumbents and candidates in the weeks leading up to the November election.

Given the assumption that turnout will be low, I encourage every FCDC member to make sure they bring every Democratic vote possible to the polls in November and devote as much time as they can in the coming weeks to clinching victory for our candidates.

Gerry Connolly
U.S. Representative, D-Fairfax

11th  Congressional District Committee Report

by George Burke, Chair

By mid-September, we’ll know if Fairfax County will be the site of the 2012 Virginia State Democratic Convention.

The final decision will be made by the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Steering  (DPVA) and Central Committees when they meet in Woodbridge September 16 and 17.  While the prospects look good, it would be helpful if NoVA Democrats  could attend the Friday night or Saturday morning meeting to show support for the proposed site.

Noting that the DPVA has not held a state convention in NoVA for decades, the 8th, 10th, and 11th CD committees, joined by FCDC and every other local city/county Democratic committee in NoVA, submitted a bid to hold the convention at George Mason University. The convention would be held at the Patriot Center, with other events held at other campus venues.  As of the late August deadline, our bid was the only one presented to DPVA for consideration.

The bid has the support of virtually every Democratic elected and party official in Northern Virginia, all of whom contributed letters of support for the bid package.

Given the proximity of the event location to the Washington and NoVA local and national media market, there is a good chance we would see President Obama speak to the convention.  A NoVA convention would also provide a nice boost in an important vote-rich region to Tim Kaine’s campaign for the U.S. Senate seat, to the reelection campaigns of Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran, and to other candidates running in NoVA in 2012.

I hope to see some of you at the upcoming DPVA meetings in Woodbridge.


STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

Labor Committee

by Daniel Duncan

When did August become the month to attack working families?

I was fortunate to attend a White House session where President Obama met with the AFL-CIO leadership just hours before he signed the debt ceiling “compromise.” (That’s another discussion.)  He told us he was planning to launch his jobs campaign the following day. We in Labor were somewhat relieved to hear the focus would finally shift to the need to get Americans working.

Then, Wall Street struck again. Less than 24 hours after the White House called for a jobs initiative, like a spoiled child, the moneyed interests ran from the stock market – hurting retirees and workers who were forced to use 401k because pensions are obsolete.

Next, Verizon slams the door on contract negotiations with CWA and IBEW. Taking their lead from House Republicans, this multi-billion dollar company’s idea of compromise is to do away with 50 years of contracts by telling union workers, “if the company doesn’t pay its non-union wireless division workers health care, pensions and vacation, you don’t deserve it.”

Then, the US Postal Service announces it needs Congress to overturn its contracts with the Letter Carriers, Postal Workers and other unions so it can eliminate 120,000 positions. Excuse me, but “positions” means workers and their families!

It is open season on working people. We are seeing a full-bore attack on eliminating the middle class and its power just before the 2012 elections.

Please show your support for the Verizon workers by stopping at the picket lines. Let Senators Webb and Warner and Congressmen Moran and Connolly know we stand with them to help the folks who deliver our mail.

Let’s turn the heat on those who want to scorch workers and the middle class!

National Affairs

National Affairs Standing Committee (NAC)
Sandra J Klassen and Dan Walsch Co-chairs

A Resolution for Consideration at the FCDC Sept. 27, 2011 Meeting

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee
Supports the Respect for Marriage Act

Whereas, Congressman Jerrold Nadler has introduced House Resolution 1116, entitled “The Respect for Marriage Act,” that would repeal the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which now bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages:

Whereas, Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced Senate Bill 598, also entitled “The Respect for Marriage Act,” that would also repeal DOMA;

Whereas, DOMA now forces the federal government to withhold over 1,138 marriage rights from married same-sex couples, including social security benefits, equal treatment in taxation of employee health benefits, equal treatment in inheritance taxes, equal treatment regarding Medicaid long-term care, the ability to file federal taxes jointly, the ability to sponsor spouses for green cards or citizenship, spousal benefits for federal employees (including family medical leave), and many other vital benefits;

Whereas, while the Congress and the United States military have ended the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that had barred gay and lesbian people from serving our country in the armed forces, DOMA still prevents the Department of Defense from recognizing same-sex marriages and providing spousal benefits to gay and lesbian service members;

Whereas, the majority of the American people now support marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans;

Whereas, President Obama has long called for the legislative repeal of DOMA and he is “proud to support the Respect for Marriage Act;”and

Whereas, Congressmen Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly are already co-sponsors of H.R. 1116

It is resolved:  that the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) supports equal rights for LGBT Americans and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act; and

It is further resolved:  that the FCDC urges all remaining members of the Virginia Congressional delegation, including Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, to sign on as co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act (S.598 or H.R.1116, as appropriate) and support its passage.

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DISTRICT COMMITTEE REPORTS

Dranesvile District

Ron Bleeker, Chair

The DDDC held its monthly meeting on Aug. 4 in McLean. We had a big crowd for an August meeting, probably because Ted Velkoff brought ice cream.

Our special guest was Tim Stevens of the Sierra Club, who made a presentation on his organization’s efforts to require Dominion Electric to obtain more of its electricity from wind sources. As Democrats, we believe that such efforts are important and worthy of support, and we appreciated Tim’s review of this project.

We also heard from a number of candidates, including all three of our School Board At-Large candidates, Supervisor John Foust, 31st SD candidate Jaime Areizaga-Soto, School Board candidate Jane Strauss, and representatives for Del. Bob Brink and candidate for Delegate, Pam Danner. Aug. 30 was a big day in Dranesville — the Danner for Delegate campaign hosted a luncheon with Sen. Mark Warner, and in the evening Supervisor Foust opened his McLean headquarters.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the McLean Community Center at 7:30 P.M.

Hunter Mill District

Bettina Lawton & Robert Haley, Co-Chairs

The Hunter Mill District Democratic Committee holds its meetings on the 2nd Thursday, 7:30PM, every month, alternating between locations in Reston and Vienna.  Typical meetings include guest speakers, campaign information, and notice of HMDDC – FCDC

events.  HMDDC’s monthly meeting took place on August 11th with discussion that included the FCDC Joint Campaign, Back-To-School nights, election day coverage, Precinct Captain status, the Hunter Mill Web Site status, and new members.

The next FCDC County-Wide meeting is on September 27th.  The next HMDDC meeting will be held on Thursday September 8th, 7:30PM, at Southgate Community Center in Reston.  The October HMDDC meeting will be held at the Flint Hill Elementary School in Vienna.

Please refer to the Hunter Mill web site calendar at huntermilldemocrats.org for other local area political events, and to the FCDC web site calendar at fairfaxdemocrats.org for Fairfax County wide events.

Mason District

Rachel Rifkind, Chair

The 44th annual Mason District Crab Feastis almost here! We still need volunteers; check out the Google doc and sign up (cooking crabs and hot dogs; setup, cleanup, etc). Let’s also make every effort to boost our ticket sales this year and help MDDC do what we have to do to win across the board in Mason. Buying a ticket cannot be easier than going to the MasonDems.org website and clicking on the online purchase link.

And speaking of winning, our candidates need your help with canvassing and phone banking and licking those envelopes and attending those many events. Sign up for a candidate and get out there and work hard. Please volunteer as much time as you can, especially for our own Penny Gross so that we can ensure her a really large margin of victory!

Two events after the Crab Feast need volunteers:  the Mason District Park Festival on September 24 and the Annandale Parade on October 22.

Lastly, don’t forget our meetings this month.  The next Mason District Democratic Committee meeting will be on September 21 at the Mason District Government Center at 7:30pm.  The next Fairfax Country Democratic Committee meeting will be on September 27 at 7:30 pm at Lee High School Auditorium, 6540 Franconia Rd, Springfield.

Springfield District

Ruth Miller, Chair

The Springfield District Democrats invite you to join us at our Fall Fiesta on Saturday evening, September 17!  Our annual event will feature the opportunity to mingle with fellow Democrats in a casual and fun setting, the chance to meet your local elected officials and Democratic candidates, and festive food and beverages.  Please join us on Sept. 17 from 6 until 9 pm at the home of Valerie Stucky and Dick Joyce, 5268 Ofaly Road, Fairfax.  Visit  our website for more information and tickets.

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CAMPAIGN REPORTS

Dobbyn for Delegate – 42nd District

jackdobbyn.com
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My name is Jack Dobbyn and I am running to represent you as your 42nd District Delegate.  I grew up in Fairfax County and I’ve seen firsthand the great things this community is capable of and also the many challenges facing its residents today.

I left the area briefly to attend college and law school.  During this time, I met my wife Katie and when it came time to start our family we decided that there was no better place than Fairfax County.  We have two young daughters and I want provide them with even better opportunities than I had growing up, and to do the same for you and your family.

I work in my family’s small business as VP of Operations, and know what it takes to manage a budget, meet payroll and create jobs even during one of the worst economies in history.  I know the challenges facing our small businesses and families and the importance of a strong local economy to our community.  I understand that the quality of life in Fairfax County is being threatened by skyrocketing tuition costs, lack of foresight in transportation projects like BRAC and Route 1 and politicians in Richmond with the wrong priorities putting special interests and Tea Party ideals ahead of Fairfax residents.

My opponent Dave Albo is a leader in a legislative body that once included Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and is now focused on making it legal to carry concealed handguns in bars, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood and cutting $253 Million from our schools while voting to force the state employees’ health plan to cover Viagra.  That’s not right.

I know we can build a Virginia where we work together to tackle our shared challenges in the Warner-Kaine tradition instead of pushing people further apart with partisan fighting.  I ask for your vote on November 8th to help us put Fairfax First.

Help Democrats Protect Our Majority in the State Senate!

Stop the Republicans from gaining Absolute Control of Virginia Government!

Fairfax State Senate Candidates:
Adam Ebbin, SD-30  ebbinforvirginia.com
Barbara Favola, SD-31  barbarafavola.org
Janet Howell, SD-32  janethowell.com
Mark Herring, SD-33  markherring.org
Chap Petersen, SD-34  fairfaxsenator.com
Dick Saslaw, SD-35  dicksaslaw.com
Toddy Puller, SD-36  toddy.org
Dave Marsden, SD-37  marsdenforsenate.com
George Barker, SD-39  senatorbarker.com

Campaigns are invited to submit reports to The Democrat on a monthly basis.  Please send reports to thedemocrat@fairfaxdemocrats.org.

 

 

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SUSTAINERS

Honor Roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sustainer Sign Up or Renewal Form

  FCDC Sustainer Form 2011 (130.4 KiB, 816 hits)

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EVENTS

It’s Never Been Easier to Know About Important Dates

by Todd Smyth

In addition to the calendar on the FCDC website (fairfaxdemocrats.org/calendar), we have a new mobile FCDC calendar app.

Designed to work with any smart phone, this new app will open the current day’s events.  By touching the arrow keys, check different days or switch to monthly view.  I’ve used it several times now and it is very handy.

A link to an online tutorial is included below.  Just open the link on any smart phone and set a bookmark or add icon to your home screen.

FCDC Mobile Calendar

http://fairfaxdemocrats.mhsoftware.com/ViewMobile.html

Calendar Mobile Viewer – Tutorial

http://www.mhsoftware.com/~gsexton/MobileViewer.mp4

Please go to the calendar to review and submit events!

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Mt. Vernon District 34th Annual Ice Cream Social

Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00 pm
8146 Wellington Rd. Alexandria, VA 22308

Click here to sign up or become a Sponsor!
Click here to view the flyer

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Mason District 44th Annual Crab Feast

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Home of Sonny Schick
3219 Valley Lane Falls Church, VA 22044

Click here to purchase tickets online
Click here to download the flyer


Springfield District Fall Fiesta

Saturday, September 17, 6 – 9 pm
at the home of Valerie Stucky & Dick Joyce
5268 Ofaly Rd., Fairfax, VA  22030

Click here to buy tickets online
Click here to download the flyer


George Mason University’s ‘Fall For The Book’ with Professor Lawrence Lessig

Co-sponsored by the FCDC National Affairs Standing Committee

Click here for the flyer

Professor Lawrence Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law, and
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

to discuss his book:

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It
(October 5, 2011 release)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 , 7:00 P.M.

George Mason University
ARL Founder’s Hall 125
3351 Fairfax Drive  Arlington, VA  22226
METRO: Virginia Square/ GMU –Orange Line

Click here for more informatioin


Next FCDC Meeting

Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Lee High School Auditorium
6540 Franconia Rd.
Springfield, VA  22154


Dranesville District Fall Festival

Sunday, October 2nd, 3-5 PM
with Special Guest Brian Moran, Chair, Democratic Party of Virginia
at the home of Dorothy & Terry McAuliffe
7527 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102

Click here to purchase tickets online – Consider becoming a sponsor!
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The Democrat is a monthly email publication of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. The purpose of The Democrat is to provide information to Committee members and other interested persons through district and committee reports, campaign reports, articles, and fliers. Views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the FCDC unless specifically approved by an appropriate committee resolution.

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Limited numbers of The Democrat are mailed, primarily to those who do not have access to email. FCDC charges $35 for each flier from non-FCDC organizations. Please contact Frank Anderson, frank@fairfaxdemocrats.org, (703) 573-6811, for more information about our editorial policies or with any questions about how to submit material or fliers.