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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).

    July 30, 2015


    Presidential Election 2016

    Declared National Candidates

    Democratic:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, (declared) New York, former Senator, former Secretary of State
    Joe Biden, Delaware, former Senator, Vice President
    Martin O'Malley, (declared) Maryland, former Governor
    Lincoln Chafee, (declared) Rhode Island, former Senator (R), former Governor (I)
    Bernie Sanders, (declared) Vermont, Senator (I)
    Jim Webb, (declared) Virginia, author, former Secretary of the Navy, former Senator

    Republican:

    Jeb Bush, (declared), Florida, former Governor
    Chris Christie, (declared) New Jersey, Governor
    Ted Cruz, (declared) Texas, Senator
    Marco Rubio, (declared) Florida, Senator
    George Pataki, (declared) New York, former 3-term Governor
    Lindsey Graham, (declared) South Carolina, Senator
    Steve King, (exploring) Iowa, Congressman
    Jim Gilmore, (declared) Virginia, former Governor
    Rick Santorum, (declared) Pennsylvania, former Senator
    Ben Carson, (declared) Maryland, Retired neurosurgeon, political commentator
    Rick Perry, (declared) Texas, former Governor
    John Kasich, (declared) Ohio, Governor
    Rand Paul, (declared) Kentucky, Opthalmologist, Senator
    Scott Walker, (declared), Wisconisn, Governor
    Mike Huckabee, (declared) Arkansas, former Governor, former Fox News personality
    Bobby Jindal, (declared) Louisiana, Governor
    Carly Fiorina, (declared) Virginia, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, former U.S. Senate candidate in California
    Donald Trump, (declared) New York, real estate developer, entertainer

    Libertarian:

    Gary Johnson, (exploring) New Mexico, businessman (construction), former Governor (R), 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate
    Marc Feldman, physician
    Steve Kerbel, author and businessman
    Darryl Perry, author, publisher and radio host
    R. Lee Wrights, North Carolina, libertarian activist

    Green:

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


    Virginia Fifth District Election 2016

    Candidates

    Democratic:

    Ericke Cage, Halifax, political consultant
    Jane Dittmar (exploring), chair, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

    Republican:

    Robert Hurt, Incumbent


    Local Elections 2015

    Regional

    Virginia State Senate District 17

    Ned Gallaway (D), auto sales manager, President of the Albemarle County School Board
    Bryce Reeves (R), Incumbent

    Virginia State Senate District 25

    Creigh Deeds (D) Incumbent

    Virginia House of Delegates District 25

    Steve Landes (R) Incumbent
    Angela Lynn (D), White Hall, former FEMA staff

    Virginia House of Delegates District 57

    David Toscano (D) Incumbent

    Virginia House of Delegates District 58

    Rob Bell (R) Incumbent

    Virginia House of Delegates District 59

    Matt Farris (R) Incumbent
    Connie Brennan (D) Nelson County, Supervisor

    Albemarle County

    Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney

    Denise Lunsford (D) (Incumbent)
    Robert Neira Tracci (R), served as chief antitrust counsel, and chief legislative counsel and parliamentarian to the House Judiciary Committee

    Albemarle County Sheriff

    Chip Harding (R) Incumbent

    Albemarle County Clerk of Court

    Jon Zug (D), deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
    Franklin P. Micciche (R)

    Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

    Rivanna Magisterial District

    Norman Dill (D) entrepreneur, owner of Rebecca's Natural Foods
    Richard Lloyd (R), engineer, member of Citizens for a Sustainable Water Plan

    Scottsville Magisterial District

    Rick Randolph (D)
    Earl Smith (R), district manager for Kohr Brothers

    White Hall Magisterial District

    Anne Mallek (D) (Incumbent)

    Albemarle County School Board (At-Large Seat, White Hall, Scottsville, and Rivanna Districts)

    White Hall District

    Caroll "CJ" Hatcher
    David Oberg

    Samuel Miller District

    Brian Vanyo

    At-Large

    Catherine Lochner
    Jonathan "Jonno" Alcaro
    Dolly Joseph

    Scottsville District

    Steve Koleszar (incumbent)

    Rivanna District

    Jason Buyaki

    Soil and Water Conservation District (2 seats from Albemarle)

    Charlottesville

    Charlottesville City Council: Three seats up for election

    Democrats

    Kathy Galvin (incumbent)
    Mike Signer
    Wes Bellamy

    Republican

    Anson Parker, Web developer at UVa

    Charlottesville School Board: Four seats up for election

    Jennifer McKeever (incumbent)
    Amy Laufer (incumbent chair)
    Sherry Kraft
    Adam Hastings


    Miscellaneous

    Offer Your Wisdom and Insight to Congress

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

    Contact Senator Tim Kaine [http://www.kaine.senate.gov/] or (202) 224-4024.

    Contact Rep. Robert Hurt [http://hurt.house.gov/] Phone: (202) 225-4711 Fax: (202) 225-5681

    Contact Representative Dave Brat at [http://brat.house.gov/] 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 http://www.governor.virginia.gov/

    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 district25@senate.virginia.gov; 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 -- district24@senate.virginia.gov

    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 DelDToscano@house.state.va.us
    Web presence: www.davidtoscano.com

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice, Science and Technology

    Delegate Robert Bell, 58th District: Local: 2309 Finch Court, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911; (434) 245-8900; and DelRBell@house.state.va.us, 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 -- DelWAbbitt@house.state.va.us

    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 -- DelSLandes@house.state.va.us

    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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