Former House of Delegate 2nd District representative Mark Dudenhefer, who is out to reclaim his old seat, has drawn a primary opponent. Tim Ciampaglia, from Stafford County’s Rock Hill District has decided to file against the former Delegate. Mr. Ciampaglia has an uphill battle, with little name recognition – especially when compared to former Delegate Dudenhefer – and Dudenhefer’s close ties to Speaker Bill Howell filling his campaign coffers. Currently there are no other possible contenders expected to throw their hats in the ring, though a few possible candidates have decided to stay out of the race this year and focus on other ventures instead.
This weekend Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity along with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a successful job fair . Herrity someone I have admired for his dedication to community and service minded leadership should be applauded for his efforts. With 40 vendors and with close to 600 attendees I would say this was an overwhelming success for the community of Springfield. Great job to those who were involved in this effort.
Fresh off the appointment of becoming Finance Chair, Pete Snyder and John Whitbeck issued an interesting challenge to the Republicans of Virginia.
The press release as follows
Dear Virginia Republicans,
RPV needs your help.
You may have seen that our good friend – and now newly minted Finance Chairman, Pete Snyder, has issued a Grassroots Challenge – if we can raise $50,000 in grassroots contributions by June 1, Pete will match your contribution dollar for dollar!
This means your generous contribution to RPV will be DOUBLED!
Here’s the challenge – I’m asking you to contribute $10, $20, or $50 today to kick-start Pete’s RPV Grassroots Challenge.
Your $10, $20, or $50 generous contribution today will help RPV:
- recruit up to 10,000 new volunteers and supporters across the Commonwealth
- be competitive this fall in all 140 General Assembly races
- build grassroots volunteer organizations in most if not all of Virginia’s 95 counties
- develop a 2015-2017 war chest that can compete with everything the Obama/Clinton/McAuliffe liberal democrats will have during this crucial time.
When you contribute $10, $20, or $50 towards the Grassroots Challenge, your donation will go twice as far.
With you help we can break down the wall between donors and doers and get our party back on a winning streak. I’ve made my contribution to the Grassroots Challenge, and I invite you to join me by contributing here!
On To Victory!
This can only be successful if Republicans start to work together and let go of petty fights and grudges, and get back to our team spirit of winning and embracing our values. Lets do this and become the winning team, and not the one at constant battle with itself.
Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions. During the throes and convulsions of the ancient world, during the agonizing spasms of infuriated man, seeking through blood and slaughter his long-lost liberty, it was not wonderful that the agitation of the billows should reach even this distant and peaceful shore; that this should be more felt and feared by some and less by others, and should divide opinions as to measures of safety. But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it – Thomas Jefferson
First Inaugural Address
In the Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 4, 1801
Following what could be called a rough week for the Schoeneman camp a bit of good news. Long time NOVA Delegate Dave Albo voiced his support for Schoeneman’s candidacy:
“I’ve known Brian for a long time. He’s the kind of guy who you can ask a direct question to and get a straight, honest answer. He is a problem solver that can get things done for your neighborhood by working with others, but when he needs to fight, he will never backdown. He will never sit back and the let the Democrats raise your taxes, waste money on streetcars and bike lanes while our roads are crumbling, nor let our schools turn into places where everybody gets a trophy, and nobody goes to college. As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, I need an ally at the local level, I’m looking forward to working with Brian on the issues that matter to you – building and maintaining our roads, quality schools, keeping your family safe from violent criminals and making government live within it’s means.” – Delegate Albo
This is a much-needed boost for the Schoeneman camp after being beat up in the blogosphere.