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UPDATE: Enter Your Turnout Information In Comments: Elect Sharon Bulova Today!

Folks, we are down to the wire. The only thing standing between Chairman Sharon Bulova and Chairman Pat Herrity (gasp!) is YOU. That's right, you. If you are not calling, canvassing, or posting signs for Sharon Bulova this weekend, you are not standing in the way of disaster for Fairfax Coutny government. If you are reading this, you should ask yourself what you are personally doing between now and Tuesday to get another Democratic vote to the polls before 7 pm on February 3rd.

See below the flip for information on when and where to help.

Alexandria Democrats: A Call to Caucus for City Council


The Alexandria Democratic Committee will be running an open caucus for all Alexandria Democrats (not just members of the ADC) this Saturday, January 31st, in order to select the slate of nominees that will make up the Democratic ticket for election to the Alexandria City Council that will be taking place in May. The Alexandria City Council consists of six members, all of whom are Democrats (Vice Mayor Del Pepper; Paul Smedberg; Rob Krupicka; Tim Lovain; Justin Wilson; and a retiring Ludwig Gaines). Five incumbents (Pepper, Smedberg, Krupicka, Lovain, and Wilson) are running for re-election, and two other Alexandria Democrats -- former Alexandria mayor (and city councilman) Kerry Donley, and ADC member Boyd Walker -- are also running for a Democratic nomination.

Big Event for Sharon Bulova Tomorrow

Please Join
The Honorable Mark Warner
For a Reception With
Sharon Bulova
Democratic Candidate for Chairman of the
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, January 29, 2009
6 pm - 8 pm
Reed Smith LLP Office
3110 Fairview Park Drive Suite 1400, Falls Church

Election and Volunteer Info For Fairfax County Special Election

I've had a number of people ask me about when the Special Election for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is going to take place and how you can get more involved in the campaign. With just a week left before the election, here is some of the information that I have received about the election which will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd countywide at your regular polling place. Also similar to regular Election Days here in Virginia, the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and you can get more information about polling places by following this link.

For those of you who are looking to get involved with Sharon Bulova's campaign before Election Day, the FCDC website says that there will be phone banks every day. There will also be canvassing this weekend and on election day (see the FCDC website for more information). According to the campaign, there are also ways to volunteer if none of the aforementioned times work for you.

If you have volunteers who are willing to phone bank this weekend regardless of where they are in the county always try to schedule them to go to the phone bank at 7600 Colshire Dr, 4th Floor, McLean, 22102, 12am – 5pm on Sat and Sun, 5pm – 9pm on Mon, and 9am – 7pm on Tues. There will be a predictive dialer (a computer that only has you talk to live people instead of waiting for dialing and ringing) and many phone lines available at this location and we should work to fill it as much as possible first to maximize or efforts.

For more information or to schedule volunteers contact Caroline Brooks at, 703‐503‐2009

more below the flip

HD-46 Recount: Statutory Provisions, Herring Prevail; UPDATE: Herring Seated


Susan Kellom, Chair of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, has just sent an email to all members of the Alexandria Democratic Committee informing that Charniele Herring has been seated by the House of Delegates, after the recount changed not one vote. Delegate Herring is serving on the Courts of Justice and the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees. Full letter reproduced after the jump.


This morning at the Alexandria Courthouse, a three judge panel of the Alexandria Circuit Court rejected all motions by plaintiff Joe Murray to count any previously uncounted absentee ballots that were found to have been improperly cast in the Special Election for House of Delegates district 46, thereby ensuring that Charniele Herring will remain the certified winner in the race.

Sharon Bulova Event in McLean (With Video)

At an event in McLean on Sunday, a substantial crowd of people filed into home of Supervisor John Foust to show their support for Sharon Bulova’s candidacy for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The excitement of the inauguration hadn’t worn off and one of the main topics of discussion was what people did on Inauguration Day and all the hope they had for the future. Despite the fact that we have a fantastic leader in the White House, people were also quick to point out that we still need to have strong leadership at the local level. Fortunately, we have a candidate in Sharon Bulova who has the ability to bring people together in order to pass meaningful legislation.

After she was introduced by Supervisor John Foust, Sharon Bulova started her speech by thanking everyone for coming out to the event. She then proceeded to talk about how Fairfax County has a highly respected school system and that it is extremely important for us to make sure this continues. What I really liked was that in bringing up this topic, she highlighted how the Board of Supervisors must be willing to work together with the School Board in order to come up with a way to maintain our superior schools during this economic downturn. This important to note because it illustrates how Sharon is looking for ways to not only reach across party lines, but also organizational lines in order to look after the best interests of Fairfax County residents.

more, including video, below the fold

Who Will Be the Next Leader of Fairfax County?‏


On February 3rd, we have an important opportunity. As you know, former Fairfax County Chairman Gerry Connolly has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Now the fight to determine who will be the next Chairman is heating up.

You have two choices:

1: Continue on a progressive path of protecting our environment, supporting our schools, balancing the budget and finding public transportation solutions,

Virginia Inaugural Ball

I had the great pleasure to attend the Virginia Inaugural Ball last night as press for BC. It was a black tie party, held at the Westin Ballston in Arlington, co-hosted by DPVA and Arlington Dems. Music was the awesome cover band Gonzo's Nose.

I'll be honest, I talked to a lot of people, and I'll detail a few convos I had in the comments, but it was too loud to have a serious conversation with anyone. So mostly, I shook hands and made sure everyone knew about Blue Commonwealth.

Speeches included: Party Chair Dick Cranwell; ACDC Chair Peter Rousselot; a rambling time-stretcher from Rep. Jim Moran; Del. Jennifer McLellan; another time-stretcher with Rep. Bobby Scott including an awkward cameo by Emmitt Smith and his wife, former Miss Virginia Patricia Southall; Arlington County Board Chair Walter Tejada; Sen. Mark Warner; Sen. Jim Webb; and finally Gov. and DNC Chair Tim Kaine. Goodness that was a lot of people!

The theme of the night was Yes We Did, both in name and spirit. I was particularly struck how most of the candidates chose to put aside politicking for the night in exchange for a celebratory atmosphere.

The Key to Virginia's Economic Recovery

Russ Morris, the President of the consulting firm CFO Partner, LLC in Northern Virginia and potential candidate for delegate in the 13th district, is reaching out to start a discussion amongst the citizens of the Commonwealth to find out how business economy is affecting them. Having served as a CFO and Senior Financial Consultant to numerous small and mid-sized companies in Virginia, Russ is keenly aware of what must be done to help privately owned businesses thrive and prosper.

Inauguration Events - Virginia Traffic Updates

Press Release: VDEM 1/15/09

VRE Sells Out; Authorized Vehicles Defined

Jan. 18, Sunday: Theodore Roosevelt Bridge will be closed inbound to Washington, D.C., to all vehicular traffic from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic heading into Washington, D.C., on eastbound I-66 will be detoured to the 14th Street Bridge via Route 110 and I-395 North. Pedestrians may cross the Roosevelt Bridge using the sidewalk. Outbound lanes on the Roosevelt Bridge will remain open all day Sunday. As previously announced, HOV-2 is in effect eastbound on I-66 (far left lane outside the Beltway; both lanes inside the Beltway) beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, until 3 a.m.


About 250 people attended a debate between Sharon Bulova, Democrat, and Pat Herrity, Republican, hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, headed by Kevin Reynolds, held at the Cultural Center on the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community College on Thursday morning, 15 January. Bulova, representing the Braddock District in Fairfax County, and Herrity, representing Springfield, are competing to replace Gerry Connolly as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Connolly himself, newly installed as the US Congressman from the 11th District, was in the audience, along with many elected officials from the area. Moderator of the debate was Bruce DuPuyt from News Channel 8, and the panelists asking questions included Bruce Alan of WTOP, Beverly Kirk from News Channel 8, and Kali Schumits from the Times Community Newspapers.

Congratulations Charniele!

Official results: Herring 1344, Murray 1327.

Despite the narrow victory, it is a historic one. Charniele Herring is the first African American woman elected to the Virginia House of delegates from Northern Virginia. Charniele is a graduate of the UVA Sorensen Institute, class of 2006. Congratulations to the Honorable Charniele Herring and best of luck in Richmond.

VA Provides Free Bus Service to Metrorail 1/20/09

Virginians and Visitors Have Multiple Transit Options
for Inauguration Day

RICHMOND, VA., January 12, 2009 - The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation today announced that transit details are now available for people traveling through Virginia to Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009.

Since personal vehicles are restricted from traveling from Virginia into Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day, motorists planning to drive or carpool to the event must use an alternative form of transportation to enter the city.

Virginia Prepares for Inauguration Traffic

Press Release from: Virginia Department of Transportation · Virginia State Police · Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Motorists urged to plan ahead, expect major delays

FAIRFAX, VA -- 1/7/09 - Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are preparing for thousands of buses and vehicles to travel through Virginia for the Inauguration on January 20, 2009, and urge visitors to know what to expect before leaving home to ensure a safe and less stressful trip.

“We urge motorists – whether traveling by bus, van or car – to plan their route well in advance, know what bridges and roads will be restricted and where they will park, make sure their vehicle is in top operating condition, travel with a full tank of gas and prepare for long delays and a lot of walking,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

Vote Today in the 46th!

Today is the special election to fill the vacated House seat of Gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran. Voters in the 46th House District (Alexandria) have a chance to elect Charniele Herring to fill that seat, who is running against Republican Joe Murray.

Ms. Herring is a "business owner, political leader, and long-time community activist" as well as a candidate of the new Farm Team, a VA PAC promoting women in VA politics.

Check out the PSA, and her website:

And if you live in the 46th, go vote today!!

Special Elections in Fairfax County and Alexandria

Sorry this is such short notice, but for those of you who live in the 46th House of Delegates District (Skyline area of Fairfax County, and Western City of Alexandria), you have a special election tomorrow, January 13th, to replace Delegate Brian Moran who is running for Governor.

Your ballot will be:

Brian Moran Grassroots Event in Arlington

Hey just wanted to spread the word that Brian Moran is having an event tomorrow in Arlington focused on kicking off his grassroots campaign in Arlington. Please stop by if you can. Details below:



3:30 TO 5:30 1501 South Pollard Street

This is a grassroots organizational gathering to help launch Brian’s Arlington petition drive, get out the vote efforts for the June Primary and eventual victory in November.


Connolly Makes a Good Start

Close to 700 people showed up for US Congressman Gerry Connolly's open house, including Senator Jim Webb, Congressman Jim Moran, and a host of other members of Congress. Congressman Connolly had the largest open house of all 435 members of congress. The House administration asked that his reception be moved to a House committee room from his office because of the crowd. A highly unusual request for a freshman. Congressman Connolly also spoke eloquently on the House floor this morning on the bill mandating equal pay for women. All in all a good start from another red to blue pick up in Virginia.

Jon Bowerbank Talks to Fairfax City Dems

Last night at the Firehouse Grill in Fairfax City, an intimate and friendly group of Fairfax City Democrats led by Joseph Harmon (Chairman of the City of Fairfax Democratic Committee) and State Senator Chap Petersen gathered to discuss politics and to hear from businessman and Russell County Supervisor Jon Bowerbank why he is running for the Democratic nomination for the Lieutenant Governorship of Virginia in 2009.