FAIRFAX CITY, Va. – For voters, it’s a blessing and a curse to live in a state like Virginia. No one understands this more than the beleaguered Republican voters of Fairfax County, Virginia (Population: 1 million +). The Commonwealth of Virginia (its official name) is one of a few states and jurisdictions in America that hold major elections in the “off-years.” By which we mean years during which neither Congressional nor Presidential elections take place. That’s part of the reason why determined, hard left Democrats have relentlessly turned this state blue over the past several election cycles.
In these oddball, off-year elections, relatively few voters turn out to cast their ballots, whether absentee or in-person. That means that the party most effective in turning out its base is virtually guaranteed a win. Which is a blessing for the party that does that. And a curse for the party that does not. And recently in Virginia, it’s the Republican Party that’s cursed.
Virginia’s painful GOP split
The Commonwealth’s GOP has long been split between moderate (read: liberal) and conservative Republicans. In many jurisdictions, each side apparently dislikes each other more than they detest the state’s increasingly left-wing Democrat opponents. The result, lately, has been a resurgent Democrat Party’s series of lopsided victories in many contests.
The price the Virginia GOP has paid for being divided
This has given the governorship, two US Senate seats, and most of the top executive positions to America’s socialist party. And voters of each party have paid the price.
- Higher taxes (of course)
- An increasing number of “sanctuary city” and similar declarations
- An increasing number of jurisdictions that refuse to co-operate with ICE
- And a resulting increase in violent crime in many Virginia jurisdictions
And, we won’t even bother to mention the astounding series of disturbing and serious charges levied against high Democrat officials in the state government. These include serious allegations of racism and sexual offense. These led to national scare headlines when the news surfaced.
But it’s funny how these charges were quickly buried by local and national news media when they threatened to derail these Democrat leaders.Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along.
Imagine what kind of jail sentences at least one of these miscreants would already be serving if he’d been a Republican.
We also won’t bother to elaborate on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s appallingly cavalier approach to aborting a newborn child, for whatever reason. And there’s no good reason for this at all.
Virginia: From bright red to purple to bright blue almost overnight
This decided leftward tilt of once bright Red Virginia hasn’t been helped by the huge influx of new Democrat residents who flocked to the high-population Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., put down roots and registered to vote Democrat as the Obama administration moved in.
As nearly everywhere else, this massive increase in knee-jerk partisan Democrats, many of them employed, unsurprisingly, by the Federal government, has been more than enough to wipe out the reliably Republican voting rural populace of the Commonwealth.
Bottom line, Virginia’s GOP voters, already diminished by this huge demographic shift left, have a tough time these days in overcoming the odds in state and national government elections. But the persistent GOP split has persuaded many GOP voters to stay home, as they did in 2017. The resulting flip of several GOP seats in the US House of Representatives contributed significantly to the socialist takeover of that branch in January, 2018.
Elections have Federal AND state and local consequences
Elections do have consequences. And in the current Schiff “impeachment” kabuki-style farce, the consequences get thrown in GOP voters’ faces every day.
The results are just as bad in Richmond, where the GOP is barely hanging on – only a vote or two away from getting permanently barred from power. Just they way they were for nearly the entire post-Reconstruction era. And you saw how that worked out. Particularly for minorities.
The slow decline of Fairfax County under uncontested “progressivism”
So where are we going with this? Simple. Affluent Fairfax County, its jurisdictions and its county seat of Fairfax City in Northern Virginia is, collectively, one of those D.C. suburban edge-cities that’s gone bright blue over the past several elections.
The bullet items listed above are the results. Not to mention the steady increase in gang activity here and the declining quality of the county’s public schools, which never gets mentioned every time voters pass another school bond issue whose funds increasingly go to waste on a bloated, overpaid public school bureaucracy.
Turning back the Long March of Virginia to Socialist hell
One way to start turning Fairfax County’s Long March to Socialism back is to start restoring at least some bipartisan government both here and in Richmond. And the best way to start is for GOP voters of both stripes to turn out and vote in significant numbers on November 5, 2019.
Not only do we need to bring the frightening socialist drift of this county to a halt. But we must begin defeating key local Democrat candidates, more and more of whose candidacies get support from (guess who) George Soros or his fake nonprofits. They, too, need to face defeat.
But if GOP voters stay home once again because the party ended up nominating the “other Republican,” something worse will happen when the 2019 polls close. The stay-at-homes will have helped elected more hyper-partisan left-wing Democrats. These leftists work incessantly with their colleagues to further undermine this once safe and beautiful right-to-work state.
The long-running game of concealing a candidate’s party affiliation
Predictably, the MSM remains in high-partisan mode as the elections approach. So it becomes harder to figure out which candidate carries the Republican banner these days. As a result, more and more candidates make it tough to figure this out. The trick? They send out campaign literature that avoids naming their party. Unfortunately, both sides, employ this trick. True, the increasingly dangerous hyperpartisanism promoted by the media today makes it potentially dangerous to wave your party’s flag. But avoiding party ID also can persuade low information voters to mistake one party’s candidate for another.
Complicating things further: Seats on school boards and other advisory bodies are “nonpartisan.” Which allows highly partisan candidates to avoid listing their real party affiliations. Which is what gets the country moving toward things like “bathroom inclusiveness” in Fairfax County public schools – something most parents on either side of the aisle simply don’t want.
Enter: the 2019 Fairfax County GOP candidate list
Recently, the Fairfax County GOP sent out to identifiable GOP voters its list of Fairfax County area GOP candidates for Election 2019. We’ve cut and pasted the relevant list below so you’ll know who you’re voting for. That’s particularly true when it comes to “nonpartisan” slots that don’t have to identify party affiliation on the ballot
GOP voters who want to halt the slide of Virginia in the same disastrous direction as California, New York and Illinois among other states – or even the People’s Republic of Maryland, for that matter – would do well to review this list before heading to the polls in November. For added safety, we’d also advise picking up a Republican sample ballot from a GOP volunteer as you head for the polls. Just to make sure. Also link to the Fairfax GOP site highlighted above for more details.
Remember: Democracy dies in darkness
Is this a partisan article? Yes. But constitutes a drop in the bucket compared to what the Post, the Times-Dispatch, and other Democrat house organs pump out routinely in support of increasingly hard-left “progressive” Democrats. So we regard this piece as a public service for voters tiring of the pernicious Deep State nonsense they see playing out in Virginia.
After all, “Democracy dies in darkness.” Right?
Finally, please note that in the list below, we’ve carried over available, clickable links to each GOP candidate’s election website. Candidates without a link may have posted one recently. But we couldn’t find it when we put this piece together.
So, get out there and Make Fairfax County Great Again. And good luck to all!
Fairfax County region GOP candidates in statewide Election 2019
Parenthetical comments below by this columnist.
Senate (by district)
House of Delegates (by district)
Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney
(Note: A particularly important election as Fahey faces off against a heavily-funded “progressive” former Obama political appointee.)
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
(Note: All elections important here, as the solidly Democrat Board of Supervisors has been raising taxes and supporting “progressive” changes to county government for years.)
- At-large: Joe Galdo
- Board of Supervisors
- Braddock: Jason Remer
- Dranesville: Ed Martin
- Mason: Gary Aiken
- Providence: Eric Anthony Jones
- Springfield: Pat Herrity
- Sully: Srilekha Palle
(Note: These elections, as well as those for the Soil & Water Board, are “nonpartisan.” Not. Don’t let them fool you. The GOP favors the following candidates.)
- At-large seats: Cheryl Buford, Priscilla DeStefano, and Vinson Xavier Palathingal
- Braddock: Zia Tompkins
- Dranesville: Anastasia Karloutsos
- Hunter Mill: Laura Ramirez Drain
- Mount Vernon: Steven Mosley
- Providence: Andi Bayer
- Springfield: Elizabeth Schultz
- Sully: Tom Wilson
Soil & Water Conservation Board
- At-large seats: Chris Bowen, Jane Dudik, Ed McGovern
– Headline image: Historic Fairfax County, Virginia Court House, circa 2010.
(Image by Arbanski, via Wikipedia entry on Fairfax County, Va. CC 3.0 license)