Steve Hunt is a Republican running for the open State Senate seat that will be vacated by Ken Cuccinelli. Hunt is a pro-life candidate, who once served as President of a local Pregnancy Care Center and has previously served on the Fairfax County School Board. Recently, Hunt has received favorable coverage through an interview with Alan Moore of the Fairfax County Conservative Examiner.
Archive for December, 2009
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza released his best and worst ran campaigns of 2009, and you’ve guessed it…the best and worst were found in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “The Fixie” was awarded to the best campaign of 2009 to Bob McDonnell and the worst campaign to Creigh Deeds. Cillizza did a great job assessing why both campaigns deserved their respective honors.
For McDonnell, Cillizza praised him for sticking to the message and not going off topic, as well as, citing how composed he was during the campaign. Another observation was that McDonnell discussed the issues that mattered most to Virginians and that was what ultimately led him to the Governor’s Mansion.
Meanwhile, Deeds was called out on his campaign strategy, which relied on his focus of targeting rural voters, rather than the core constituencies of the Commonwealth (namely Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia) and for talking about his opponent’s thesis from grad school instead of focusing on why he should have been elected. Cillizza mentioned that Deeds distanced himself from Obama, which alienated the liberal voting block in Northern Virginia and the African-American vote.
Overall, Cillizza’s analysis of both campaigns were spot-on. However, there was one unique factor that Cillizza ignored in his selection. There is great public disdain for what is occurring in the nation’s capital and with President Obama’s approval ratings dropping, the Virginia campaign, along with the campaign in New Jersey served as voter referendums on the unpopular public policies of Obama and Congress.
This is a roundup of what has been reported on throughout the Commonwealth.
- UPDATE: The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors met last night to set the rules for the displays on the grounds of the county courthouse. With these rules, there is now going to be a vulgar display, in addition to the traditional Christmas displays.
- Other than the courthouse displays, could it be that one Supervisor has a conflict of interest? Novatownhall Blog has the details.
- The Daily Press reports that both of Virginia’s U.S. Senators are currently on the fence in regards to health care reform. Perhaps, your call can make a difference and encourage them not to support Harry Reid’s health care bill: 202-224-3121.
- News from Virginia’s 5th District Congressional Race: Bearing Drift has a great article up about six of the now eight candidates running for the GOP nomination requesting a convention, rather than a primary. Another good article comes from CQ Politics, which compares the GOP nomination in the 5th to the open Congressional race in NY-23.
- Aside from a Congressional primary, there is a special election to fill the seat of Ken Cuccinelli, who was elected Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the 37th District, Steve Hunt is running against Dave Marsden, who is currently serving as Delegate in the 41st District (which is outside the 37th). Marsden recently sent out a direct mailing to residents in the district citing that he is for lower taxes. Isn’t it odd that Marsden voted for tax increases as recently as 2008?
A recent decision by the Loudoun County Courthouse Grounds and Facility Task Force to eliminate displays of all kinds on the property of the Loudoun County Courthouse was overturned by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in a 7-1-1 vote. This would have banned a 50-year tradition of displaying a Nativity scene and a Menorah on the property of the courthouse. Additionally, the suggestion of the task force would ban all religious displays from the courthouse grounds.
The seven who voted for it were: Kelly Burk (D-Leesburg), Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), Susan Klimek Buckley (D-Sugarland Run), Lori Waters (R-Broad Run), Stevens Miller (D-Dulles), Andrea McGimsey (D-Potomac), and Sally R. Kurtz (D-Catoctin). The one supervisor who voted against this measure was Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge), who felt that there needed to be more study on these types of displays. Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Scott York (I-At Large) was absent from the vote.
The more surprising part was mentioned in an article in Leesburg Today. One supervisor almost joined Burton in voting against such displays. Dulles Supervisor Stevens Miller said, “if you’re going to have free speech then you have to make sure everyone has it” and that he believes “we are going to find that this has undesirable consequences.”
For now, it appears that the celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah will be allowed to be displayed on the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse, thanks to the efforts of those who signed petitions against the task force’s ruling.
With 955 votes, Steve Hunt won the Republican nomination for the 37th State Senate District at tonight’s Firehouse primary at Centreville High School. People waited for up to an hour to vote with lines reaching from the school entrance all the way out to Union Mill Road. At first, the turnout was estimated to be 2,000, but the actual count was 1,903 voters. This only shows the strength of the Republican party in terms of recruitment and retaining this seat in Western Fairfax County, and it will be especially difficult for Dave Marsden, the Democrat who recently moved into the district to run for the open seat, vacated by Ken Cuccinelli.
Here are the final vote totals:
- Steve Hunt: 955
- Marianne Horinko: 479
- Will Nance: 469
Tonight from 6-10 p.m., there will be a Firehouse Primary at Centreville High School in Clifton. This primary will select the Republican nominee to face off against Democrat Dave Marsden in the special election to fill the seat left vacated by Ken Cuccinelli, who was elected as Attorney General.
The three candidates running are:
Each of these candidates have impressive qualifications. If you are in the 37th State Senate District, make sure you get out and vote tonight.