Category Archives: Northern Virginia Politics

Comstock announces Military Academy Day in 10th District

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Barbara Comstock

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock announced the upcoming 10th Congressional District Military Academy Day that will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Loudoun County Public School Administration Building. The event is free and open to all students, parents, and guidance staff who are interested in learning more about the nation’s military service academies.

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Schoeneman would donate BOS pay increase to 4 community organizations

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Brian Schoeneman

By Lynn R. Mitchell

When Fairfax County supervisors voted themselves a pay increase on March 3, Sully District Republican candidate Brian Schoeneman responded:

On March 3, 2015, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to raise their salary from $75,000 to $95,000 a year. As The Washington Post reports, “The increase, which will take effect in January, comes in a tough budget year for Fairfax, where county officials are working to balance a budget after projecting a revenue gap of nearly $90 million”. Read more of The Washington Post’s article here.

At a time when we are cutting services and seeing tax increases through rising property tax assessments, it is hard to justify to the taxpayers in Fairfax County raising Supervisor salaries – especially since the raises have more fiscal impact than just the increased pay itself. There are pension and benefit implications as well.

Elections matter. This was a 6-4 vote, and one additional vote would have been sufficient to block the raise. If I had been on the Board, I would have voted no on this pay increase and it would have failed.

Today Brian announced that if elected to the board he will donate the additional $20,000 pay increase to four Fairfax County community organizations, commenting:

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Schoeneman campaign updates

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Brian Schoeneman

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Brian Schoeneman, Republican candidate for Sully District’s supervisor seat in Fairfax County, announced an upcoming Campaign Open House and other events as well as a response to a recent supervisor vote.

After supervisors voted for a salary increase earlier this week, Brian responded:

On March 3, 2015, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to raise their salary from $75,000 to $95,000 a year. As The Washington Post reports, “The increase, which will take effect in January, comes in a tough budget year for Fairfax, where county officials are working to balance a budget after projecting a revenue gap of nearly $90 million”. Read more of The Washington Post’s article here.

At a time when we are cutting services and seeing tax increases through rising property tax assessments, it is hard to justify to the taxpayers in Fairfax County raising Supervisor salaries – especially since the raises have more fiscal impact than just the increased pay itself. There are pension and benefit implications as well.

Elections matter. This was a 6-4 vote, and one additional vote would have been sufficient to block the raise. If I had been on the Board, I would have voted no on this pay increase and it would have failed.

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Compassionate words and deeds define new conservative leadership

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

The indefatigable Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia, co-hosted an open-to-the-public function this past weekend in Northern Virginia to benefit “Our Military Kids.”  It was a huge success to raise money benefiting our wounded soldiers and, specifically, the children of veterans whose parents face the financial difficulty of being deployed.

I was proud to be a co-sponsor, being a Vietnam veteran and having a military kid myself.  Recently-elected Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was also present to provide her support.

Another gallant cause by the extended Allen family.  And it was a family event as by her side was husband George, the enormously popular former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator.  And it didn’t hurt to have support of his brother Bruce, president of our beloved Washington Redskins.

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Brian Schoeneman’s big campaign kick-off for Fairfax supervisor

By Deborah Bornstein Munoz
Guest Post

Brian Schoeneman 4Brian Schoeneman kicked off his campaign for Fairfax County Sully District supervisor Tuesday night with a big crowd of supporters at Backyard Grill in Chantilly. Here Brian addresses the crowd while Supervisor Pat Herrity and former school board member Steve Hunt, who have both endorsed him, listen to his remarks. Brian gave an excellent speech about growing business and strengthening the tax base in Sully and, for business owners, it was good to hear he would continue the tradition of a business-friendly board of supervisors since many consider Sully to be the Tysons Corner for site construction products and other industries.

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Brian Schoeneman hosts campaign kick-off on Tuesday

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Brian Schoeneman will kick off his campaign for Fairfax County’s Sully District Supervisor on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the Backyard Grille in Chantilly (see Brian Schoeneman to run for Fairfax County supervisor). All are invited … RSVP instructions are on the announcement below.  Brian has been endorsed by Supervisor Pat Herrity who will be his special guest at tomorrow night’s kick-off.

'We hope you can join us on Tuesday February 24th for my campaign kick-off in Chantilly!'

Be sure to check out Brian’s website for info on endorsements, issues, events, and more: BrianForSupervisor.com

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Fairfax County supervisor races heating up

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia Virtucon blogger Terrence Boulden (see Next subject please….) has called for less drama in reporting from bloggers concerning fellow Republicans in general and Brian Schoeneman in particular:

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Stimpson cries foul over ‘The Howell Report’

Daniel Cortez 2By Daniel P. Cortez

It’s politics as usual in local Republican circles as Democrats are watching and smiling at the possibly of another tea party take-down, Cantor style. But this time the target is Stafford Delegate Bill Howell. The latest melodrama is over Howell’s Official Constituent Survey I and area voters received in the mail a week ago. It has his primary opponent Tea Party partisan Susan Stimpson fuming.

It was the usual pointed establishment Republican questionnaire attempting to bolster the image of the incumbent Howell and the ultra-conservative positions he is attempting to force on Stafford and Fredericksburg area voters.

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Brian Schoeneman to run for Fairfax County supervisor

Brian SchoenemanBy Lynn R. Mitchell

With the announcement that long-time Fairfax County Supervisor Michael Frey (R-Sully) will be retiring comes the announcement that Brian Schoeneman, 37, who currently serves as secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, will be running for the Sully District seat.

In a press release on Tuesday, Schoeneman noted:

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34th House District: Republican Parisot sprints to finish line for Tuesday’s Special Election

Daniel Cortez 4By Lynn R. Mitchell

After winning the Republican fire house primary in November for the 34th House District, the seat previously held by Barbara Comstock before she won the 10th Congressional District seat, Republican Craig Parisot will face off on Tuesday in the Special Election against Democrat Kathleen Murphy.

Parisot, an Air Force veteran, is supported by former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen and former Congressman Tom Davis. He was described by House Speaker Bill Howell as “an energetic community leader, entrepreneur and third-generation veteran.” He has also been endorsed by NOVABizPAC, the Chinese American Republicans of Virginia (CARVA), Korean American Republican Party of Virginia (KARPVA), and the bi-partisan Virginia Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Fairfax County Chapter.

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Barbara Comstock to be sworn in Tuesday … only woman in Virginia Congressional delegation

Barbara Comstock 3By Lynn R. Mitchell

New 10th District Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) will be sworn in Tuesday for the 114th Congress and is holding an Open House reception for those attending.

This former member of the Virginia House of Delegates will represent not only her district but the Commonwealth and, in a delegation that is made up of all men, it is nice to see a woman take her place among the Virginia representatives. I couldn’t vote for her but certainly was in support of her (see First time I met the gracious, hard-working Barbara Comstock).

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TODAY: Vote Craig Parisot in 34th House District primary to fill vacated Comstock seat

By Daniel P. Cortez

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Daniel Cortez, Kristin Parisot, Craig Parisot

Last night at Tyson’s Corner, I had an opportunity to see a veteran on the stump who could responsibly attempt to fill the very big shoes of Congresswoman-elect Barbara Comstock in the House of Delegates 34th District . His name is Craig Parisot of McLean, Va. Pass the word because the firehouse primary is this Saturday. If you live in his district … vote for him.

Who is Parisot? Well, he’s a distinguished third generation Air Force veteran who has received numerous military awards and decorations including the LtGeneral John W. O’Neill award for outstanding military achievement and science. He was the youngest Air Force officer to receive this, one of their highest honors.

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Barbara Comstock campaign ad by Rep. Frank Wolf: ‘Trusted aide’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th CD) shares some of Barbara Comstock’s “real jobs” and the success she has had as a bipartisan legislator in the just-released campaign ad, “Trusted Aide.”

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First time I met the gracious, hard-working Barbara Comstock

Barbara Comstock 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

I remember very clearly the first time I met Barbara Comstock who is running as the Republican candidate for the 10th Congressional seat that is being vacated with the retirement of Congressman Frank Wolf.

It was 2009 and hundreds of Republicans from all over the Commonwealth were in Williamsburg for the GOP Advance. A number of us were at an event at the Williamsburg Inn and standing in line for the Friday night buffet. She was behind me and we began talking — exchange of names, where in Virginia we were from, that kind of thing.

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