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Kathleen Murphy Outraises Comstock in First Quarter

Virginia State Del. Barbara Comstock remains ahead in overall funds, but Murphy has raised more money in 2013.

The money race for 34th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates has begun, and Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock is ahead of Democratic challenger Kathleen Murphy.

But Murphy raised more in the first quarter of 2013, according to campaign finance reports available through the Virginia Public Access Project.

The two candidates have less than seven months left to campaign for the 34th District seat ahead of the Nov. 5 election, which also includes Virginia's governor and lieutenant governor races and all seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The 34th District Great Falls and parts of Tysons, Vienna, McLean and Loudoun County.

Murphy began the year with a balance of $0 and raised $127,256 through March 31

Comstock began the year with a balance of $118,376 and has raised another $104,000 through March 31.

Murphy and Comstock reported first quarter expenses of $21,971 and $40,168, respectively.

After expenses, Comstock’s camp has an ending balance of $182,311, while Murphy’s has $105,284.

Murphy, a mother of four and Fairfax County resident for more than 20 years, says her fast-rising donations come from supporters, including February donations of $10,000, $15,000 and $20,000.

“I am gratified to have such a deep base of support to start this campaign,” Murphy said in a statement Monday. “As I talk to business and community leaders across our district, it is clear they want common sense solutions on the important issues for our community, especially transportation and education and I am honored to have their support.”

Murphy, the president of Johnson Murphy and Associates, served in the administration of former President Bill Clinton as a senior advisor for international trade issues at the Department of Commerce. Murphy also serves on the Human Services Council and the Health Care Task Force for Fairfax County.

Comstock was elected in November 2009. During the 2013 session, she successfully passed a bill requiring doctors to tell patients undergoing Lyme Disease tests about problems with testing reliability. Read more about the bill, HB 1933, right here. She also pushed a number of

education initiatives.

Dave Webster April 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM
While this article only mentioned the Lyme Disease bill – which most certainly has not been rejected by the entire "medical community" as ineffective – Barbara Comstock has also passed a significant amount of important legislation for our area in just four years including: Two important bills on the Data Center industry which will keep this industry here in our area, an industry which is growing by hundreds of millions of dollars; the first two telework bills in Virginia which promote telework and relieve traffic congestion; and, right to work legislation which protects 96 percent of Virginia workers who are non-union by providing a level playing field for competition in contracting and forbidding forced union project labor agreements. She also passed a bill protecting the right to a secret ballot in any union election and to prohibit the so called "card check" method of union elections which could force unions on a workplace without individuals having the right to vote in private. Ms. Comstock has been part of the bipartisan coalition on human trafficking legislation and passed legislation to crack down on this growing crime. In May 2012, Delegate Comstock was recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce with "The Free Enterprise Award" which honors a legislator who championed free market principles during the 2012 legislative session. She has received consistent “A” ratings from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for her pro-jobs record. Real issues all.
Rob Jackson April 17, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Murphy is an out touch radical, unlike most of the mainstream Democrats in Fairfax County. She supports legislation to regulate religious organizations' practices in the area of adoption - something that tramples the First Amendment's free exercise clause. Most people in Northern Virginia respect others' religious beliefs and would not try to regulate them. Not so with Kathleen Murphy. She is simply dangerous.
J. Jay Volkert April 17, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Mr. Jackson, Your comments are totally off base I hope you calm down
Rob Jackson April 17, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Mr. Volkert, your comments are incorrect. You expect to have free reign with your comments, but oppose that for others. Ms. Murphy has stated her belief that religious-based organizations involved in adoption should be required to compromise their principles and core beliefs to accommodate her political views. In a pluralistic society such as the United States, we need to protect religious groups' ability to operate within their belief systems. Most people in Fairfax County believe this. Ms. Murphy does not. That is, IMO, very dangerous.
Catherine April 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Delegate Comstock has a been a good friend to parents with children in our public schools - fighting to lower our ridiculously large class sizes in the McLean and Great Falls areas, and ensuring we received our share of LCI funding that then-Governor Kaine was trying to deny to Northern Virginia. I've heard more than one neighbor in McLean comment that as Ms. Murphy has been going door-to-door, she seems to be out-of-touch with today's residents, appearing to be a very uppity sort of wealthy Democrat. Doesn't fly well with public-school McLean.

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