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Jo-Ann Chase fundraiser draws large crowd
Jo-Ann Chase, candidate for the Republican nomination for the 87th District seat in the House of Delegates, held a very successful campaign kickoff event several weeks ago, with over 100 people in attendance including a wide variety of local volunteers and candidates for office. It was not your typical campaign event, and the 87th nomination race may not be a typical campaign. (Hover your cursor over images for partial listing of who is in each, and click for larger versions of photos).

Prominent Chase campaign supporters on hand included keynote speaker Delegate Bob Marshall, Virginia Senate candidates Tito “the Builder” Munoz and former Delegate Dick Black, and Genaro Pedroarias of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.
Clay Chase with Tito "The Builder" Munoz
Instead of the standard-format political event in which a speaker or succession of speakers introduce the candidate, who then gives a speech, then closes the official ceremony; Ms. Chase’s campaign kickoff was more like a grassroots rally.

Randy Minchew gave the invocation; and Bob Marshall gave a brief speech. Then, after some initial words of thanks, Ms. Chase immediately invited her campaign team to join her in front of the room, about 20 people in all, introduced them, then gave her speech, and then said “Well, we have a microphone here, does anyone else have anything?”

Tea Party was well represented at Jo-Ann Chase campaign kickoff

Randy Minchew gave invocation at Jo-Ann Chase campaign kickoff

Following was a series of announcements and comments from attendees, just as you might see at a local Tea Party meeting, which is appropriate because in one sense the Republican race for the nomination is shaping up as possibly the only local contest where the “Tea Party vs Republican Establishment” theme fits. Ms. Chase had a much larger turnout than her opponent, David Ramadan, saw at his campaign opener, though fewer at Ms. Chase’s were party officials. Both Ron Wilcox and John Grigsby, leaders of two of the Loudoun-area Tea Party groups, were present, and Ms. Chase herself is a leader of the third.

In addition, Mr. Ramadan appears to be the candidate investing a much larger share of personal wealth in the contest, and the topic of money came up repeatedly in remarks from the podium.
Jo-Ann Chase and featured speaker Bob Marshall

Audience at Jo-Ann Chase campaign event

Audience at Jo-Ann Chase campaign kickoff

Randy Minchew and Bob Marshall at Jo-Ann Chase campaign kickoff

Bob Marshall:

I am proud to endorse Jo-Ann Chase tonight. In 20 years in office I’ve made very few endorsements, and when I do make them I do it with caution, and with consideration, and with conviction in this those people that I put my name next to.

Jo-Ann and I share core values, but you have to have something beyond the core values, and that’s why I think Jo-Ann should be the choice for this district to represent you in the Virginia General Assembly. When Randy was talking about a “prayer for boldess” I was thinking, well that is not what this young lady needs. She needs a prayer for restraint. But I’m glad that she’s bold and aggressive because she will be bold and aggressive for you. She is candid, upfront, she is not afraid, and she works, and she works, and she works…

This is a primary race. When I first ran, I did not have the endorsements of the insiders. I didn’t care. I had the least money, but I had the most volunteers. And I won in a 4-way race. And I’ve been winning that way. I’ve always been outspent…

You will make the difference in this campaign: the manpower, the womanpower, the dedication, the voters who see you at the door – you in a sense are more influential than Jo-Ann because when you go to someone’s door or make a phone call it shows you are not going to get anything personally out of this, you’re not going to get any money out of this, but you believe in what Jo-Ann’s going to do for you and for them.

You will be an advertisement for a young woman that we need down in Richmond.

Mr. Marshall encouraged attendees to make a donation and make a commitment to phone calls, going door to door, signs and bumper stickers, etc.

Ms. Chase thanked “Bob Marshall, my mentor” and said:

The importance of any election is about giving the people a voice to be represented by an individual, whether it’s a woman or a man, we need to make sure in this race and in every other race that the individual we elect is someone that espouses our principles, our morals, our values. Someone that is grounded and understands that it’s not the money, it’s not the title, it’s not the glory, it’s not the deals behind the scenes, it’s not the special interests: It’s the needs of the people. We’re supposed to be servants of the people…

I’m a conservative, I’m 100% pro-life, I’m 100% for the Second Amendment, I’m fiscally conservative, I want to cut spending, I want to protect our homeland security and national security. I think that is a very important issue that is not being dealt with by our representatives at the local level, at the state level and at the federal level…

If I were to be elected, I will promise you that I will protect our Constitution and our liberties. I’m not going to make deals. I’m going to follow the lead of my mentor, Bob Marshall.

My take on the campaign for the 87th District nomination:

From what one can glean from their respective Web sites, campaign literature and from cursory conversations with the candidates, it appears the Republican party will be well-represented in the November elections in this race, no matter who wins the nomination. Mr. Ramadan and Ms. Chase appear to share a number of general policy positions regarding scaling back the role of government and removing government obstacles to economic development.

The respective campaigns, however, could not be more dissimilar.

Mr. Ramadan has been an extraordinarily generous contributor to Republican candidates for many years, including in the current election cycle. For his campaign, he has contracted the services of local activists as well as the consulting consortium representing most Loudoun County Republican candidates this year, yielding a substantial team of endorsers and supporters. Comparing the campaign kickoff events, Ms. Chase had nearly triple the number of attendees and if you subtract out those who were “paid to be there” in some sense at Mr. Ramadan’s event, Ms. Chase’s advantage probably would be 5-1.

Yet the contest for the 87th District is a strange one in many respects, appropriate for a precinct-slicing district that will surprise many voters on the boundaries come election time and might have some wishing they had thrown their hat in the ring. Ms. Chase’s featured speaker was Bob Marshall, one of the most respected public figures among local conservatives, whereas Mr. Ramadan’s was Grover Norquist, one of the most reviled.

And like Mr. Norquist’s kindergarten-level policy platform that “the government spends and taxes too much,” Mr. Ramadan is running on stances that should be considered the bare minimum qualifications for elected office at any level. But somehow Mr. Ramadan enjoys the support of the majority of prominent Loudoun Republicans, either through outright endorsements or the de facto support of so many people who have declared neutrality but otherwise might have been considered solid supporters of the Chase campaign – and who certainly appear to have surprised the Chase campaign by their absence.

So on one level it is tempting to frame the nomination campaign as a battle between the grassroots and the establishment or between manpower and money, but either interpretation runs the risk of downplaying the inescapable centrality of …. money.

Just last week Mr. Ramadan sent his first campaign mail piece and while it said little specifically about what he would do as a delegate, it definitely cost a fortune. Eight pages, four-color, wide distribution: With design services and postage, that’s probably a $30,000 job at the minimum. If Mr. Ramadan is willing to spend that kind of cash to say, basically, “Don’t let my name scare you,” he is going to be hard to beat if he continues to spend that kind of money once he comes up with an actual platform to run on.

The Chase campaign has its work cut out for it, and it will need to make the best use of its strength in volunteer numbers.
Genaro Podroarias addresses crowd at Jo-Ann Chase campaign event

John Stirrup among large turnout for Jo-Ann Chase campaign event

Large crowd turns out for Jo-Ann Chase campaign event

Stephanie Stockman, Steve Stockman and Shawn Richmond at Jo-Ann Chase campaign kickoff

Patricia Phillips at Jo-Ann Chase campaign event

Ken Reid held his campaign kick-off in Leesburg on May 1, with about 65 people in attendance including many elected officials and candidates for office. Ken noted his accomplishments as Leesburg Town Council member, particularly transportation projects completed, and his commitment to supporting the business community in the county.

You can hover your cursor over each picture for a partial listing of who is in each, and click on the photos for a larger version. Below is Ken’s speech (or click here to view).

Crowd at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Ken Reid at campaign kickoff in Leesburg

Attendees at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Dave Schmidt, Geary Higgins and Janet Clarke at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Randy Minchew and Eugene Delgaudio at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

John Stirrup and Bob Wertz at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

John Whitbeck and David Ramadan at Ken Reid kickoff

Eugene Delgaudio and Geary Higgins at Ken Reid campaign kickoff

Geary Higgins, Republican candidate for Catoctin District supervisor, held his campaign kick-off at The Beautiful South restaurant in Hamilton, Virginia a couple weeks back, with about 110 supporters in attendance – a phenomenal turnout with numerous elected officials and candidates in the audience. He stressed the importance of fixing the out-of-control Loudoun County budget, specifically by making the county more business-friendly in order to increase the tax base and reining in school spending.

Click here for more information on Geary Higgins and how you can help the campaign.

You can hover your cursor over the photos for a partial listing of who is in each, and click on each picture for a larger version. Below is the video of his speech (or click here to watch).

Gail Higgins and Roger Zurn in crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Geary Higgins with Grandson Noah

Mike Chapman and Bob Wertz in crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Dean Settle and Verne Dickerson at Geary Higgins campaign event

Callie Chaplow and Shawn Williams at Geary Higgins campaign event

Randy Minchew and Joe May at Geary Higgins campaign event

Patricia Phillips and Gail Hunt at Geary Higgins campaign event

Crowd at Geary Higgins campaign event

Maureen Whalen, Robert Bruton, Mike Chapman and Dan Whalen at Geary Higgins campaign event

Sharon Schmidt, Dean Settle, Bob Wertz and Dave Schmidt at Geary Higgins campaign event

Janet Clarke and Geary Higgins

Gary Clemens and Verne Dickerson at Geary Higgins campaign event

Matt Letourneau, Joe Budzinski and Gary Clemens at Geary Higgins campaign event

Scott York at Geary Higgins campaign event

Virginia Delegate Tag Greason held his campaign kick off event on April 28. Loudoun County residents in the 32nd district are fortunate to have such an intelligent, principled representative in Richmond.

This needs to be a very brief report – but I will point out that in order to dislike Tag Greason you’d have to have spiders living in your shorts. [Ed. note to Greason campaign: You may use this as a 2011 campaign theme if you like, gratis]. Turnout for the event was big, at least 80 people, including many elected officials and candidates. The video of Tag’s talk will give you a better idea of the man than I could do, so be sure to watch it.

Watch Tag’s speech below (or click here) along with a part of the introduction by George Allen – which by the way was great and I may post eventually. Hover your cursor over photos for a partial listing of who is in them, and click on photo for a larger version of each.

Randy Minchew, George Allen and Tag Greason

Tag Greason and Scott York at Tag Greason campaign event

Janet Clarke, Tag Greason, George Allen, Ralph Buona at Tag Greason campaign kick off

Professor Randy Minchew gave the opening remarks at Tag Greason campaign event

John Whitbeck, Gary Clemens, Candace Strother, Eugene Delgaudio, John Stirrup at Tag Greason campaign event

Glenn Maravetz and Greg Stone, just a couple guys talking guy stuff

At least 80 attendees turned out for Tag Greason's campaign kick off

Candace Strother and Tag Greason

Mike Chapman, Mike Chapman Jr, Patricia Phillips, Bob Wertz at Tag Greason campaign event

David Ramadan, Greg Stone, John Stirrup and Randy Minchew at Tag Greason campaign kick off

Tag Greason and Dick Black

Ed Levine and Jim Plowman at Tag Greason campaign kick off

Matt Letourneau and Shawn Williams at Tag Greason campaign kick off

Geary Higgins, Patricia Phillips and Bob Wertz

Glenn Maravetz and Tag Greason

Audience at Tag Greason campaign kick off

Greg Stone, Mark Sell and Matt Letourneau

Eugene Delgaudio and Glenn Maravetz at Tag Greason, The Uniter, campaign kick off

Bob Wertz, Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue, had a crowd of about 75 people at the magnificent Merriweather Manor near Leesburg last week for his official campaign kick off. (Thanks to owner Andrew Wright for the amazing venue!)

Having managed a business in Loudoun County for over 5 years, I can attest to the fact that our Commissioner of the Revenue office is a model of government effectiveness and efficiency – as I explained in this post. On top of that, Bob Wertz fully understands the importance of making Loudoun a business-friendly county, and his office is a pleasure to work with. As Bob states, “Besides cutting expenditures and accounting budget, expanding the commercial tax base is the only way we’re going to be able to reduce the taxes on people’s homes.” Hear, hear.

Bob does have a Democratic opponent in November, so if you want to ensure that the Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue office is run by someone who brings continuous improvement and understands the importance of economic development in the county, click here for Bob’s campaign Web site.

Below is the video of Bob explaining the duties of the Commissioner of the Revenue and what he has accomplished since first being elected in 2004. (Click here to watch the video at YouTube.) You can hover your cursor over the photos below for a list of who is in each, and click on each picture for a larger version.

Crowd at Bob Wertz campaign event

Rob Jesionowski, Robert Bruton, Suzanne Volpe at Bob Wertz campaign event

Matt Letourneau, Ralph Buona and Verne Dickerson at Bob Wertz campaign event

Bruce and Cathy Tulloch and Shawn Williams at Bob Wertz campaign event

Bob Wertz, Randy Minchew and Andrew Wright, owner of Merriweather Manor

Mike Chapman and Roger Zurn at Bob Wertz campaign event

Crowd of more than 70 people at Bob Wertz campaign event

Ken Reid, Jim Plowman and Eugene Delgaudio at Bob Wertz campaign event

Randy Minchew and Bob Wertz

Charlie King, Gary Clemens, Mike Chapman and Jim Plowman at Bob Wertz campaign event

Jim Plowman kicked off his campaign for a third term as Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Monday evening in Leesburg. The event packed the back half of the Green Turtle restaurant with a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters, as well as numerous elected officials and Republican candidates.

Jennifer Wexton, former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, will be Mr. Plowman’s Democratic challenger in the November, 2011 election.

Mr. Plowman is president of the Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers and is a past president of the Loudoun County Bar Association.

Because of the size of the audience at the Green Turtle, estimated at over 100 people, this blogger got nowhere near enough to hear Mr. Plowman’s speech, although later in the evening at the Loudoun County Republican Committee meeting Mr. Plowman stated he would be running a positive campaign.

(You can hover your cursor over each photo for a partial listing of who is in it, and click on each for a larger version).

Jim Plowman Held His Campaign Kick Off March 28 In Leesburg

This is as close as your intrepid local blogger could get to Jim Plowman's speech

I actually did manage to squeeze through the crowd and stick the camera in the air for proof that Mr. Plowman was in fact speaking

Geary Higgins, Dave Schmidt, Randy Minchew and Gary Clemens at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off

Patricia Phillips, Cathy McNickle and Ed Levine at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off in Leesburg

Dean Settle, Jeanine Martin and Bob Wertz at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off in Leesburg

Dick Black at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off in Leesburg

Mark Sell, Callie Chaplow and Kyra Walton at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off in Leesburg

Joe Budzinski, Mick Staton and Ralph Buona at Jim Plowman's campaign kick off in Leesburg

On Thursday, March 24, Eugene Delgaudio held a “100th Birthday Party” for Ronald Reagan, featuring guest speaker Pat Nolan, who was a longtime political worker on Reagan’s campaigns and overall a very interesting guy who now works for Prison Fellowship Ministries.

Nearly 110 people had crowded into Santini’s New York Deli in Sterling by the time I left about halfway through the event – I am told quite a lot of people showed up later bringing the total to 150 (many apparently came over after the Dick Black fundraiser the same evening which reportedly had over 270 attendees to hear Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli).

There were a lot of elected officials, candidates and local political figures present; some are in the photos. It was way too crowded to get decent shots of everyone there. You can hover your cursor over the pictures to see some of the people in them listed, and click on each for a larger version. Click here to see all the pictures.

Santini's New York Deli in Sterling, VA - Eugene Delgaudio Fundraising Event

Crowd at Eugene Delgaudio Fundraising Event on March 24

Delegate Tom Rust at Eugene Delgaudio Fundraising Event on March 24

Fred Avila and Bob Wertz at Eugene Delgaudio Fundraising Event on March 24

Pat Nolan, Guest Speaker at Eugene Delgaudio Fundraising Event on March 24

Dmitri Kesari, Randy Minchew and Eugene Delgaudio at Fundraising Event on March 24
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