Monday, February 4, 2013
He wants to know what's on your mind. Register to participate.
U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) may call you Tuesday to hear what is on your mind as part of his 17th telephone town hall. If the phone rings at 8 p.m., stay on the line to talk to the congressman. Want to ensure that you get called? Click here to sign up ahead of time. Connolly told constituents in an email that more than 200,000 11th District residents have participated in one of these calls since 2009. He said that residents have told him they like the format since they can participate from home. Those who are unable to pose their question on the call will have the option of leaving a message and receiving a subsequent response, Connolly said.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Economist discusses why he’s running as an Independent for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.
(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 Nov. 6. This is the third in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Reforming the U.S. government and economy, the effectiveness of Congress and ending partisan gridlock were a few of the topics discussed this week in an interview with Mark Gibson, the Independent candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Gibson candidly spoke with Patch from the Starbucks in Springfield Plaza in Springfield. Gibson has $258 cash on-hand for his campaign, compared to $1.5 million …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
DeCarlo plans to run for political office every year.
Independent candidate Chris DeCarlo doesn't have a huge campaign war chest, but he says the power of rap, a singular message and the Internet are driving his campaign for election to Virginia's 11th District congressional seat. His Youtube video "How Virginia's 17-Year-Olds Can Stick it to the Man and Fight Political Corruption" has been seen by 25,837 viewers, and a video released five days ago has garnered more than 5,000 views. But will that translate to votes? DeCarlo calls this campaign of running without donations an experiment — just like his previous four campaigns — and has committed himself to running for political office every year. "I think part of the popularity of my videos comes from watching a 53-year-old white guy rapping…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Democratic Congressman made the statement Tuesday to residents of the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.
Northern Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) said Tuesday that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's recently released comments in a controversial videotape make him "unfit for office." Connolly spoke to about 75 residents of the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield during a campaign appearance. Romney's comments, secretly taped without his knowledge, featured a controversial statement in which he said that 47 percent of the electorate do not pay income taxes and are dependent on the government and consequently support President Obama's candidacy. Connolly characterized the statement as "dangerous." "That's very dangerous thinking, and I think that alone suggests Mitt is not fit for that office," said Connolly…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Retired Army colonel beats Herndon traffic engineer Ken Vaughn with 60-plus percent of the vote. Perkins will face Gerald Connolly in general election for 11th congressional district.
UPDATE: Retired Army Col. Chris Perkins of Lorton has won the GOP primary in the 11th congressional district with about 60 percent of the vote. He will now do battle with incumbent Democrat Congressman Gerald Connolly in November. "I know my words sound almost contrived, but I'm feeling so humble right now," Perkins said as he greeted a house full of well-wishers Tuesday night. "Because all of these people put their faith in me." He thanked his wife Petra for her contributions to the campaign. Gov. Bob McDonnell weighed in Tuesday night with congratulations: "Eleventh district Republicans tonight nominated a great candidate in Chris Perkins," he said in a news release sent out at about 10:45 p.m. "Chris understands the importance of …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Republican primary election set for U.S. Senate candidates and 11th Congressional District; Democratic primary election scheduled for 8th Congressional District Democratic candidates.
In less than a month, Virginia voters will head to the polls for the Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday, June 12. Across Northern Virginia, voters will decide among candidates for the U.S. Senate as well as for the 8th and 11th Congressional districts. If your polling place is holding both a Republican primary and a Democratic primary, you can only vote in one primary. If you aren't registered to vote, you have until Monday, May 21 at 5 p.m. to register. Little known fact: If you are 17 years old now but you are turning 18 by the Nov. 6 general election, you can vote in the June 12 primary. If you plan to do this, call your voter's registration office ahead of time and be sure to bring official proof of your age. Polls will be…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The independent candidate swung through Lorton Thursday morning to speak with residents.
This spring, you might catch Mark Gibson in a local coffee shop — like the Starbucks on Ox Road, where he was Thursday morning — with a clipboard in his hand, his sleeves rolled up and a smile on his face. Gibson, a self-proclaimed moderate Independent, is running for against U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) for Virginia's 11th District. Right now, he's spending four mornings a week at local coffee shops, and, so far, has about 250 of 1,500 required signatures. "It' been really interesting. I'm not one to ask for something that's not mine," said Gibson, who spoke to Lorton residents this morning. "But we need common sense. We know we can't keep spending money we don't have. The Government will be in debt for a really long time. We need to …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Republican Kenneth Vaughn, 44, hopes to challenge Rep. Gerald Connolly for 11th congressional District seat.
Republican Kenneth Vaughn, 44, a traffic engineer who lives in Herndon with his wife and twin sons and originally hails from Texas, is hoping to represent Virginia's 11th congressional District, the seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly. Vaughn will compete in the Republican primary election June 12 against Chris Perkins and Steven Yeh, the only others currently in the GOP primary race for the 11th congressional District. Vaughn has raised about $120,000, contributing most of it himself, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. There is no record of Yeh yet raising funds. Perkins has raised more than $150,000. Republican Keith Fimian, a businessman from Oakton, came close to unseating Connolly, in his second…
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A lost opportunity for GOP
Tuesday, after his arch-rival Keith Fimian conceded defeat, Congressman Gerry Connolly insisted that his slim margin of victory (fewer than 1,000 votes) was actually a sign of his political strength rather than weakness: "When trees were falling all around, I won." It's a valid point. Not many first term Democrats, elected in 2008 thanks to the fortune of having the then-popular Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, will be returning for a second term in January, especially in swing districts like Virginia's 11th. Heading into Election Day, the outcome of the acrimonious race was uncertain. The reason for this was partly due to the lack of polling information, but another factor was the unpredictability of the district. Though the 11th …
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Will return for second term
Shortly after the concession of his rival in the 11th District Congressional race, Keith Fimian, Democrat Gerry Connolly met with reporters in his Annandale office earlier today. Seemingly showing no effects of a weekend hospital visit, the now-second term congressman spoke about the rematch with Fimian, whom he defeated by 12 points in 2008. In an election that was decided by less than a half a percentage point (49.22 to 48.79) Connolly bristled at the notion that he had barely survived the tidal wave of support that turned control of the House of Representatives over to Republicans. "In the worst environment in 64 years for Democrats, when trees were falling all around, I won," Connolly said. "I like to think that's because of the …