vote for americaAt the Virginia Dept. of Elections, what happens if we click the center-top button? We get Presidential Primary Information. That page contains a table with dates. What are some of the critical dates?

  • Presidential Primary Election Day. — Tuesday, March 1, 2016
  • Deadline for presidential primary petitions and the combined Consent/Declaration of Candidacy to be filed with the State Board of Elections. — Thursday, December 10, 2015 (5:00 p.m.)
  • First day on which presidential primary petitions may be circulated. — Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Virginia, those farseeing activist who wanted to get their candidate on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot started circulating petitions. Why that soon? Lots of signatures must be collected. Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements describes the requirements. Here is the big hurdle. The petitions to be on the ballot:

Must be signed by not less than 5,000 qualified voters in Virginia, including at least 200 qualified voters from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts, who attest that they intend to participate in the primary of the same political party as the candidate named on the petition.

Because many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition, it is recommended that 7,500 – 10,000 signatures be obtained with at least 300 signatures from each congressional district. (from here)

That’s why in Virginia’s 2012 Republican Presidential Primary Election only two candidates made it on the ballot: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Both men, because they had run before, started early, had the money, and had the organization, were able to get on the ballot. The rest? Well, their supporters did not step forward, volunteer, and get the job done (see AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE SHOOT OURSELVES IN THE FOOT UPDATED WITH OTHER VIEWS).

Well, since the establishment likes Virginia’s stupid rules for getting on Virginia’s Presidential Primary ballot, we still have those stupid rules. So what do we do? We get to work.

I have a friend who is a dedicated political activist. What is he doing? He is out collecting signatures for a couple of his favorite presidential candidates. Others are doing the same. When I was at the Prince William County Fair on Saturday (August 22, 2015), I stopped by a booth for Ben Carson and signed a petition for him.

What do you have to do?

  • We have to decide which of our favorite candidates have a real chance of winning, and we have to give them our support.
  • We must carefully read the rules (Deadlines, Duties and Ballot Access Requirements ), print petitions (PETITION OF QUALIFIED VOTERS FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY), and collect signatures.
  • We must find out how to get our petitions to the campaigns we support. We must go to their websites. We must find a local office. We must let them know we want to volunteer, but we cannot wait to hear back from them. They still don’t have the people. We don’t have the time. We must get to work now.

Will it be easy? No. Will our favorite candidates be well organized in Virginia? Probably not, but that is why we need to help. We are electing human beings. By ourselves, none of us can do what needs to be done. The best we can do is to set a good example.



Four candidates for elected office in Prince William County will meet for two separate debates Saturday, April 11.

First at 5:30 p.m., incumbent Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart will meet his Republican challenger Chris Crawford to debate local issues concerning governance of Prince William County and the task of leading its Board of Supervisors. Both men are candidates in an April 25 party canvass, also known as a “firehouse” primary where Republican voters will decide who will go on to face Democrat challenger Rick Smith in November. (continued here)


The debates will be held at the Dar AlNoor Islamic Community Center on Hoadly Road in Woodbridge. The event is co-sponsored by the Coles District Civic Association and Potomac Local. (from here)

Who is Chris Crawford?

Opinion Piece: written by Chris Crawford, Republican Primary Candidate for Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors.  

Another Outrageous Display of Poor Leadership by Mr. Stewart

Last night I was reminded why I am running to replace Corey as Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors. At their weekly BOCS meeting Tuesday night, a hot topic during Citizen’s Time was the decision by the school board to designate the Ferlazzo Elementary school as a new building for the Porter School and not a “community school” as originally planned. (continued here)

Come to the debate. Listen to the candidates. Support your candidate. Hear their positions. Find out what they want to do. Let them defend what they have said and done. Take the time to participate of the local governance of the place where you live.


Government Spending in the US There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.
Government Spending in the US
There are three levels of governments in the US: federal, state, and local. The following table shows current spending for federal, state and local governments, and also total overall spending. Federal spending includes grants and transfers to state and local governments. State and local government spending includes “direct” spending on programs only.

Because we are stupid, we don’t pay enough attention to state and local elections. Yet state and local government still has the most day-to-day significance in our lives. When did that thought occur to me? When I had a conversation with Chris Crawford, he pointed out that it is state and local governments that police our communities, run our schools, and build and maintain our roads. Except for a huge tax bill, the average American (We who live around our nation’s capital obviously have a different experience.) doesn’t see nearly as much evidence the Federal Government is doing anything. Yet we vote in relatively large numbers in presidential elections, and turnout in local elections tends to be pathetic.

Even though I am a longtime observer of politics, it occurred to me that Chris had observed something fundamental that I had missed. After spending a little more time with him, I decided Chris is both thoughtful and a hard worker. Therefore, when Chris announced his intention to run as a Republican for Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, I decided to give him my support.

Meanwhile, we have an electoral snafu that has made Republican incumbents, especially Corey Stewart, anxious.

Prince William County’s electoral board decided Wednesday against allowing a Republican primary for candidates for the Board of County Supervisors after the local party committee missed a deadline for requesting it.

The 2-to-1 decision — with the board’s two Democrats siding against the Republican — means that board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), three other Republican supervisors and Sheriff Glenn Hill must seek renomination through unpredictable individual caucuses or party canvasses.

The officials, however, said they are preparing to contest the electoral board’s decision in Prince William County Circuit Court. (continued here)

The electoral board met March 11, 2015.  The minutes are interesting (see here, H/T to http://www.tooconservative.com). The court date has been scheduled.

A hearing to determine whether Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart – and three other local Republican incumbents – can defend their seats in the June 9 primary has been set for this Friday at the county courthouse.

According to Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles, retired Judge Paul Sheridan, formerly of the Arlington County Circuit Court, will hear the case. Nohe is a plaintiff. (continued here)

What happens if there is no Republican primary. Well, there is a viable alternative that will not cost the taxpayers anything. On April 25, 2015 (The official call is here.), Prince William County, City of Manassas, and Manassas Park of the Republican Party of Virginia will hold party canvass. The Republican Committee of Prince William County had intended to request primaries as well as hold the canvass, but if the primary option is not available, then the party canvass can be made to work to nominate all the party’s candidates.

So why the anxiety? There are basically two issues.

  • Running a party canvass takes lots of volunteers. However, it also takes volunteers to man the polls. So that is not an insurmountable problem, but we Republicans each must make a personal commitment to making the party canvass work.
  • Fewer people participate in party canvasses. Generally, only those most interested in politics will show up. That tends to make those candidates who depend upon big donors and campaign advertisements more nervous.

As a result the electoral snafu, many who might not have taken Chris Crawford‘s candidacy seriously gave him a second look. Generally, most have been impressed. Therefore, whether there is a June primary or not, it looks like Corey Stewart has a serious opponent.

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Here is an excerpt from Ken Cuccinelli‘s Cuccinelli Compass.

Cuccinelli Compass
Please join me in voting for Jeanine Lawson for Brentsville District Supervisor TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 23rd between 6 AM to 7 PM at your local polling location.

Jeanine has not only been a great friend, but a stellar voice for Brentsville District residents.

I know Jeanine will bring conservative leadership we can trust to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.

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In Liberty,

The Hon. Ken Cuccinelli, II

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