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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007

'Gail for Rail' Hopes to Run for U.S. Senate

Gail Parker, a retired Air Force Reservist and Defense Department budget analyst who has run for office several times in Virginia in recent years, has filed papers to run for U.S. Senate in November. Parker is still collecting signatures from some areas of the state to appear on the ballot, along with Republican James S. Gilmore III and Democrat Mark R. Warner. Parker, whose radio jingle in the 2006 Senate campaign (Let's vote for Gail! She's for light rail!) drew jabs from Stephen Colbert on his late-night Comedy Central show, garnered more than one percent of the vote in the razor tight race between Republican George Allen and Democrat James Webb....

By Anita Kumar  |  June 4, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , George F. Allen , James Webb  
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Is The Race On?

Gerald E. Connolly (D), chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, still hasn't moved past the "exploratory" phase of his bid for Congress. But his committee very proudly shared some early fundraising numbers to make the point that Connolly has the ability to run a well-financed campaign. According to James Walkinshaw, who runs Connolly's exploratory committee, Connolly has raised $161,000 since the beginning of January, when he announced the formation of the committee to pursue a bid in the 11th Congressional District. By contrast, fellow Democrat Leslie L. Byrne will report at the end of the month that she raised $115,000 between the November elections and the new year, she said in an interview yesterday. "That's in just three and a half weeks," Walkinshaw said....

By Amy Gardner  |  January 29, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne , Thomas M. Davis III  
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House Republicans Keep Bill Howell

The results of today's House Republican leadership vote are in. And House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) will be keeping his job. At a closed door meeting in Richmond, GOP delegates decided by acclamation to reelect Howell as speaker, a job he's held since 2002. The delegation also decided to keep the rest of its current leadership team in place. Del. H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) will continue to serve as majority leader and Del. M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (R-Colonial Heights) will remain as majority whip, according to GOP officials. Del. Terry G. Kilgore (R-Scott) also won another term as chairman of the House Republican Caucus....

By Tim Craig  |  November 18, 2007; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2009 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Tim Craig  
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Connolly Shows the Love

Gerald E. Connolly, (D) with more than a few dollars to spare in his Fairfax Board Chairman's race against Republican Gary H. Baise, wrote a $125,000 check to the Virginia Democratic Party last week, according to new campaign finance reports. Connolly has enjoyed an overwhelming cash advantage from the get-go, raising $1.2 million since 2004 and spending only slightly more than half of it so far against the little-known Baise. He continues to pound the Falls Church trial lawyer financially, raising $195,358 in the Oct. 1-24 period, compared to $22,745 for Baise....

By Bill Turque  |  November 1, 2007; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007  
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Connolly Consultant: Immigration Issue Headed South

The pollster for Fairfax County Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) says his re-election campaign provides an example of how illegal immigration can be turned into "a second-tier issue" by candidates who emphasize problem-solving and leadership....

By Bill Turque  |  November 1, 2007; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Immigration , Polls  
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Metro May be Next Stop for Connolly

There is talk that if he wins re-election as expected Tuesday, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) may try to expand his regional influence by grabbing the Virginia seat on the Metro board of directors. The current Virginia member, Fairfax Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee), did not seek re-election to the Fairfax board this year and is retiring....

By Steve Fehr  |  October 31, 2007; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Gerald E. Connolly  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Connolly and LBJ, Continued, Steve Fehr , October 17, 2007
Next, They Turn Off The Mike, Bill Turque , October 11, 2007
Baise Vows to Stop Dulles Rail In Its Tracks, Bill Turque , October 11, 2007
Debatable Points in Fairfax Chairman's Race, Bill Turque , October 8, 2007
Gary Baise and Heroin, Bill Turque , September 28, 2007
 
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