Mount Vernon Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Mount Vernon and Fairfax County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Mount Vernon Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

U.S. President

 President Barack Obama: The president will try to repeat his 2008 victory in the Old Dominion. Though it's an uphill climb, Obama in the money chase.

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee to campaign and speak on the country’s struggling economy.

U.S. Senate

George Allen: Former Gov. George Allen , in which he beat out E.W. Jackson, Del.  and  for the nomination with 66 percent of the vote. And it looks like Allen will have help in his corner; , telling Virginians that Allen’s vote in the Senate could be a deciding factor in passing tax reforms and more. During a visit to AOL’s Dulles campus in May, Allen said he was in favor of offshore drilling and expanding Dulles Metrorail into Loudoun County.

Tim Kaine: will have a close race with his fellow former governor and opponent George Allen. Both candidates are well-funded and close in the polls. is one of many steps toward removing the “red ink” in Washington. Kaine has noted that helpful budget surpluses vanished while Allen was in the Senate from 2001 to 2007.

8th Congressional District

Jim Moran: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Moran is currently serving his 11th term representing Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Moran took more than two thirds of the vote in the June 2012 Democratic Primary against political newcomer and will face J. Patrick Murray, an opponent he defeated soundly two years ago, this November.

Patrick Murray: Retired U.S. Army Col. Patrick Murray, an Alexandria Republican, is seeking to represent the 8th Congressional District — despite an unsuccessful bid to unseat incumbent Rep. Jim Moran two years ago that cost $1.3 million. In announcing his bid, Murray criticized Moran

Jason Howell: Arlington native Jason Howell has no previous political experience, but that’s not stopping him from running as an independent for the 8th Congressional District seat. who believes that a lack of independents in the House of Representatives creates “gridlock.” 

T Ailshire June 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm disappointed that you don't mention other parties that will be on the ballot in all or most states. The Americans Elect slate was set to be on the ballot in all fifty states; they recently acknowledged their failure in the primary events, however, and will likely pull their access. The Libertarian Party is on the ballot in all 50; their nominee is former two-term governor Gary Johnson, whom the Republicans ignored in favor of right-wingbats. The State Board of Elections has not yet published the November candidate list, so at present I don't know if the Greens or Socialists or any others will be on the ballot. The Socialist Party has a Presidential nominee; the Green Party will choose its candidate next month. Still, it's critically important Americans recognize they have more than two choices.
Beth Lawton (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 01:44 PM
We did include information on third-party candidates who are definitely (at this point) on the Virginia ballots, based on the most current official information from the Virginia State Board of Elections: "Independent candidate Virgil Goode will also be on the Virginia ballot, along with Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein."
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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