2011 ELECTIONS GETTING INTO HIGH GEAR

On Monday night I attended the Prince William County Republican Committee (PWCGOP) March 28th meeting.  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli headlined the agenda, giving a good speech in response to standing ovations from a larger than normal crowd. Naturally, the crowd included 2010 candidates happy to give speeches. So the meeting ended up being longer than usual.    😮

Fortunately, the candidates gave interesting speeches. Politics is nothing, if not drama.

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter  

Lingamfelter got the honor of introducing Cuccinelli. In addition to praising Cuccinelli’s effort to defend our right to buy what we want with our own money, Lingamfelter said the 2011 elections provide us the opportunity to tune up for 2012. He expects President Barack Obama to campaign hard to stay the course, and he expects a tough election.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

In addition to providing the crowd the latest status on his efforts to defend our rights from the encroachments of Washington busybodies (my term), Cuccinelli echoed Lingamfelter’s concerns by reminding the audience that Obama won Prince William County in 2008.

Rather than try to summarize Cuccinelli’s speech, I have linked to recent news reports.

To add some perspective to his successes, here is an example of some of the venom we can expect Democrats to heap upon Cuccinelli, New Republic: Cuccinelli’s Health Care Challenge

Chairman At-Large Corey Stewart

Stewart had good news. Most of it is on his county website here and at the front page of the PWCGOP website. Stewart emphasized that Prince William County has the lowest residential tax bill in Northern Virginia.  Below are the numbers Stewart put in a chart he passed out. (He apparently took the information from this document.)

  • $5,444 – Loudoun
  • $4,821 – Arlington
  • $4,714 – Fairfax
  • $4,395 – Alexandria
  • $3,401 – Prince William

Stewart observed that when adjusted for inflation the average fiscal year 2012 residential tax bill will be 9% lower than in 2007. 

One portion of Stewart’s presentation did raise some concerns.  Stewart wants to fund a long list of road projects (see PWC FY12 Proposed Budget Presented). Because he anticipates prices will go up as the economy recovers (a hopeful assumption), Stewart wants to fund these projects now. However, some PWCGOP members objected, believing that developers, not taxpayers, should fund these road projects. 

(Author’s Note: The headache with infrastructure projects is that politicians rarely provide voters any good way to measure a return on their investment (ROI). Hence, many citizens favor letting the people who benefit pay the bill.)

Delegate Jackson Miller/Bob FitzSimmonds

Because of redistricting, many candidates expressed uncertainty about where they will be running.  Miller and FitzSimmonds both made it clear they really do not want to run against each other. Nonetheless, each also offered himself as the better candidate.  Miller reminded people he has won elections. FitzSimmonds pointed out he ran a strong campaign against a Senator Chuck Colgan, no mean opponent. FitzSimmonds also made it clear he would be the more Conservative candidate.

Virginia Virtucon has the current status on where each of these two men expect to run based upon current redistricting plans. State Senate ’11 – Jackson Miller to the 29th, Bob FitzSimmonds to the 22nd tells the story.

Delegate Rich Anderson

Anderson advertised an April 9th breakfast event, Join us for breakfast with Governor McDonnell.

Scott Martin

Martin is a tenured Associate Professor, Program Director, and an Assistant Dean at a Virginia public university. He advertised himself as a constitutionalist. 

Delegate Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall was unable to attend, but he had a spokeswoman read a letter he wrote.  Legislators get first look at redrawn maps captures the gist of it.

Mr. Marshall represents 35 precincts right now. The proposed map shrinks that to fewer than 10.

The map, released late Tuesday, is one of several proposals for redrawing 100 House and 40 Senate districts in the General Assembly and 11 congressional districts that Virginia lawmakers will consider when they meet for a special redistricting session beginning Monday.

“I’m losing areas I’ve represented for 20 years,” said Mr. Marshall, Manassas Republican, who currently has 190,000 constituents. He said his new district would contain 44 percent new land area and split his current district among six proposed districts.

Andre Muange (website)

Muange announced his candidacy. He gave a well-received speech. He emphasized:

  • That as a legal immigrant he would fight for legal immigration and oppose illegal immigration.
  • That as a teacher he would be well able to contribute to the improvement of our education system.

Suzanne Miller

Since Del. Marshall’s district is shrinking so much, that opens up an opportunity, and someone expressed interest. Hopefully, I got her name right.  However, I did not see a website. If anyone knows more about the lady, I would welcome information.

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