McLean 2012 Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting McLean and Fairfax County
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates! Links below will take you to either Patch coverage of the candidates or the candidate’s website.
To see all of our elections coverage from this year, click on the "Elections" tab in the blue menu bar above.
Fairfax County’s local elections for Board of Supervisor, School Board and other local positions was in 2011, as were Virginia’s House of Delegates and State Senate elections.
Across Fairfax County, only these issues and people will be on ballots (presented in order from the most local issues to national candidates).
Clicking on the links below will bring you to Patch articles, the candidate’s website or other resources.
Absentee voting has already started and continues into early November. Information about absentee voting (how, where, and whether you qualify) is available here.
On Nov. 6, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look up your voting precinct here.
You can also look up what is on your ballot through the State Board of Elections website.
Are you a first-time voter in Virginia? Here are some important ID requirements information for Virginia voters.
There are four bond issues on the Fairfax County ballot for the following items. The exact phrasing of each ballot question is here. More information about each issue is available through these links:
Virginia Constitutional Amendments
There are two Virginia constitutional amendments on the ballot. The Virginia State Board of Elections has created this brochure explaining the issues.
8th Congressional District Four candidates are running for the U.S. representative position in Virginia’s 8th district. Three challengers are trying to unseat longtime Rep. Jim Moran. Click on each candidate below for more on each:
- Jim Moran (incumbent, Democrat)
- Patrick Murray (Republican)
- Jason Howell (Independent)
- Janet Murphy (Independent Green Party)
10th Congressional District
Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf has served the 10th district since 1981. He did not face any primary challenge this year and in 2010 defeated Democrat Jeff Barnett with 63 percent of the votes to Barnett’s 35 percent. This year, a Democrat and an independent are looking to unseat Wolf.
11th Congressional District
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly is currently serving his second term as Virginia’s 11thDistrict Congressman, after beating GOP challenger Keith Fimian by a very narrow 981 votes, or .43 percent in the last election. A former Fairfax County supervisor, Connolly will have his work cut out for him against GOP opponent Chris Perkins, who is well aware of how close the 2010 election was.
In addition, Connolly faces challenges from several independent candidates, including Fairfax businessman Mark Gibson. Here’s the full list of candidates. Click on each candidate for more information:
- Gerry Connolly (incumbent, Democrat)
- Chris Perkins (Republican)
- Mark Gibson (Independent)
- Christopher F. DeCarlo (Independent)
- Joseph F. Galdo (Green Party)
- Peter M. Marchetti (Independent Green Party)
Defense cuts and political gridlock in Washington were the focal points of the first debate between U.S. Senate candidates (and former Virginia governors) George Allen and Tim Kaine. The debate was in September in McLean. Here’s more on each candidate:
President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have been criss-crossing the Commonwealth for months trying to woo swing state voters. President Obama is looking for a repeat victory in the Old Dominion. Gov. Romney handily won the Virginia primary against Rep. Ron Paul. Independent candidate Virgil Goode will also be on the Virginia ballot, along with LibertarianGary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein.
Recent appearances in Virginia by President Obama and Gov. Romney include:
- Gov. Romney in Springfield in September
- President Obama in Woodbridge in September
- Gov. Romney in Fairfax City in September
- President Obama in Leesburg in August
- Gov. Romney in Manassas in August
See these articles on the other candidates:
- Virgil Goode Campaigns for President Against the Odds
- Gary Johnson 2012: The Libertarian Revolution will not be Televised
- Green Party's Jill Stein: The Occupy Candidate
Here are results from 2008 from the major areas of Northern Virginia when then-Sen. Obama faced Sen. John McCain in the presidential election (this does not include third party candidates):
- Alexandria City – Obama 71.73 percent; McCain 27.25
- Arlington County – Obama 71.71 percent; McCain 27.12
- Fairfax County – Obama 60.11 percent; McCain 38.93 percent
- Loudoun County – Obama 53.66 percent; McCain 45.41 percent
- Prince William County – Obama 57.51 percent; McCain 41.62 percent
- Spotsylvania County – Obama 46.04; McCain 52.91 percent