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    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand... " (from The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats).

    October 31, 2014

    Virginia Elections 2014

    Political Mailer

    Political mailer received Thursday, October 30, from the Democratic Party of Virginia. Notice that there is no mention of the Democratic candidate.

    U.S. Senate


    Mark Warner Incumbent, Alexandria, Business Executive, former Governor


    Ed Gillespie Alexandria, former chair of the Republican National Committee, consultant and lobbyist


    Robert Sarvis, Annandale, Recent gubernatorial candidate, attorney

    U.S. House of Representatives - Fifth C.D.


    Robert Hurt (R) Incumbent, Chatham attorney


    Lawrence Gaughan, Charlottesville, Actor, CEO of Gov360 advocating for voter turnout.


    Paul F. Jones, Albemarle, retired businessman and real estate agent

    Independent Green:

    Dr. Kenneth J. Hildebrandt, Nathalie, retired chiropractor, recent candidate for Congress

    U.S. House of Representatives - Seventh C.D.


    Dave Brat Department of Economics and Business, Randolph Macon College. Director, BB&T Moral Foundations of Capitalism Program


    Jack Tramell, Director of Disability Support Services in Randolph-Macon College's Higgins Academic Center, director of the Honors Program and teaches part-time in the Sociology Department.


    James Carr, Healthcare operations manager

    Presidential Election 2016

    Possible Candidates


    Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York, former Senator, former Secretary of State
    Joe Biden, Delaware, former Senator, Vice President
    Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Governor
    Brian Schweitzer, Montana, former Governor
    Bernie Sanders, Vermont, Senator
    Deval Patrick Massachusetts, Governor
    Jim Webb, Virginia, author, former Secretary of the Navy, former Senator
    Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, Senator
    Andrew Cuomo, New York, Governor
    Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Senator
    Howard Dean, Vermont, former Governor, former head of the DNC, former presidential candidate
    Mark Warner, Virginia, former Governor, Senator


    Jeb Bush, Florida, former Governor
    Chris Christie, New Jersey, Governor
    Ted Cruz, Texas, Senator
    Justin Amash, Michigan, Congressman
    Marco Rubio, Florida, Senator
    Mike Lee, Utah, Senator
    Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire, Senator
    Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota, former Governor
    Condoleeza Rice, California, former Secretary of State
    Mike Pence, Indiana, Governor
    Deb Fischer, Nebraska, Senator
    Steve King, Iowa, Congressman
    Rob Portman, Ohio, Senator
    John Bolton, foreign policy commentator, former Ambassador to the United Nations
    Mary Fallin, Oklahoma, Governor
    Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania, former Senator
    Ben Carson, Maryland, Retired neurosurgeon, political commentator,
    Rick Perry, Texas, Governor
    Susana Martinez, New Mexico, Governor
    Jon Huntsman, Utah, former Ambassador to China, former Governor, former Presidential candidate
    John Kasich, Ohio, Governor
    Rand Paul, Kentucky, Opthalmologist, Senator
    Scott Walker, Wisconisn, Governor
    Mike Huckabee, Arkansas, former Governor
    Paul Ryan, Wisconsin, Congressman, former vice-presidential candidate
    Bobby Jindal, Louisiana, Governor
    Mitt Romney, Massachusetts, former Governor, former presidential candidate


    Gary Johnson, Utah, former Governor of New Mexico


    Dr. Jill Stein, Massachusetts, MD, recent candidate for various offices


    Offer Your Wisdom and Insight to Congress

    You can contact Senator Mark Warner [] or (202) 224-2023. His fax is (202) 224-6295.

    Contact Senator Tim Kaine [] or (202) 224-4024.

    Contact Rep. Robert Hurt [] Phone: (202) 225-4711 Fax: (202) 225-5681

    Contact Representative Eric Cantor at [] or (202) 225-2815. His fax is (202) 225-0011.

    Contact the Governor

    Governor Terry McAuliffe, State Capitol, 3rd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219, Phone: (804) 786-2211. Fax: (804) 371-6351, TTY/TDD (For the Hearing Impaired): 1-800-828-1120, or 711 .E-mail: contact him through his website at

    All media requests should be made through the Governor's Press Office. Requests can be made by calling the Office of the Governor: (804) 786-2211. Invitations and Scheduling Requests by regular mail or fax only.

    The Office of the Governor receives a large volume of e-mail daily, and as a result, they are unable to respond to scheduling requests received by e-mail. All invitations and scheduling requests for the Governor should be submitted by regular mail or by fax. Please make sure to include as many details about the nature of the request as possible, as well as including your full name, complete address and telephone number.

    Governor Terry McAuliffe, Scheduling Office, State Capitol, 3rd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

    Contact Your Legislators

    Senator R. Creigh Deeds, 25th District: Charlottesville [P. O. Box 5462, 22905. (434) 296-5491]; Bath [(800) 545-5899; Richmond [(804) 698-7525].

    Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources; Privileges and Elections; Transportation, Courts of Justice. See also, bills Creigh Deeds has introduced.

    Senator Emmett Hanger, 24th District: Local (540) 885-6898; Richmond (804) 298-7524; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources; Finance; Local Government; Rehabilitation and Social Services. See also, bills Emmett Hanger has introduced.

    Delegate David Toscano, 57th District: Local (434) 220-1660.. Richmond (804) 698 1057. Email
    Web presence:

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice, Science and Technology

    Delegate Robert Bell, 58th District: Local: 2309 Finch Court, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911; (434) 245-8900; and, Rm 810 General Assembly Building, Richmond, Virginia. (804) 698-1058

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice; Privileges and Elections; and Health Welfare and Institutions. See also, bills Rob Bell has introduced.

    Delegate Watkins M. Abbitt, Jr., 59th District: Local (434) 352-2880; Richmond (804) 698-1059; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Appropriations; ; General Laws; and Rules. See also, bills Watkins Abbitt has introduced.

    Delegate R. Steven Landes, 25th District: Local (540) 245-5540; Richmond (804) 698-1025; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Education; and Rules. See also, bills Steve Landes has introduced.

    Virginia General Assembly: The toll free number for the Virginia General Assembly is 1-800-889-0229.

    Community Calendars

    See theCalendar of Community, Historical and Political Events for July, 2014 and Beyond.

    The City of Charlottesville offers a Visitors Calnedar And the University of Virginia has a student calendar. Check them out.

    Local Political Web Sites

    ~The Albemarle County Democratic Committee~ The Albemarle County Republican Committee~ The Jefferson Area Libertarians~ The Charlottesville Democratic Committee~ The Charlottesville Republican Committee~~ Rockingham County Democratic Committee~ University Democrats~ Richmond Sunlight~ Virginia Public Access Project~ David Toscano~ Helena Cobban~ Fluvanna Democrats~ Brian Wheeler~ Fifth Congressional District Democrats~ Jennifer McKeever~ Obama Truth Squad~ Fluvanna County Republicans~ Jefferson Area Tea Party~

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