Friday, November 25, 2011
WaPo: MWAA reviewing legality of appointment.
Republican Caren Merrick, the McLean businesswoman who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate this year, has been appointed to the Metropolitian Washington Airport Authority. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the appointment of Merrick and Todd Stottlemyer of Oak Hill to the authority on Wednesday. The move is in line with McDonnell's long-term approach to having more say on regional transit boards, and follows successful legislation spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., to expand the MWAA board from 13 to 17 members, according to the Washington Post. The MWAA board opposed Wolf's effort and is reviewing the legality of the governor's appointments, the Post reports. The authority oversees Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Results of Tuesday's elections
Dranesville Supervisor John Foust swept all 30 precincts as he handily won reelection to a second term in Tuesday's elections. Meanwhile Dranesville School Board member Jane Strauss won a hard-fought race with 51 percent of the vote. State Sen. Janet Howell easily won reelection with 57 percent of the vote. In the General Assembly races including McLean, Democrat Barbara Favola won the seat for the newly formed 31st Senate District while incumbent Barbara Comstock won reeelection to the 34th District House seat defeating McLean attorney Pamela Danner. Bob Brink also won reelection running against two little-known independent candidates. "I'm so looking forward to the next four years," Foust told about 100 of his supporters at a victory …
Good Morning Neighbors, Election Results: Incumbents win: Foust, Epstein, Howell, Comstock. The Favola-Merrick Race. Favola wins the 31st District. Local Architect Honored. Cited for community service. Photos of Election Day in Fairfax
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Arlington Board member will serve through December.
Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola earned her promotion Tuesday. Favola won a hard-fought election battle against Republican Caren Merrick by a healthy margin to represent an area that includes parts of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in the state Senate. Favola received 58 percent of the vote, compared to Merrick’s 42 percent, according to unofficial results. “We delivered a message that a lot of people embraced,” Favola told an energized crowd at the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s victory celebration. “People understood that their rights were on the line.” Favola’s fight with Merrick came on the heels of a bitter and expensive primary battle that was decided in August. Since then, she and her team knocked on 51…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Virginia Tracks Large Donations Given in the Final Days Before An Election
Democratic candidates running in a House and Senate district that includes McLean led their Republican opponents in contributions exceeding $500 in reports filed two weeks before Tuesday's election. The Virginia Public Access Project reported that in the 31st Senate District race Democrat Barbara Favola was leading her Republican opponent Caren Merrick. In the 34th House District race Democrat Pamela Danner was leading Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock. Comstock had been the leading fundraiser in all of Virginia based on campaign finance reports filed the end of September and reported by VPAP. State law requires candidates to file donors and contributions exceeding $500 in the final days of the election. VPAP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Favola and Merrick Appear at Falls Church synagogue.
The differences between 31st District Senate candidates Democrat Barbara Favola and Republican Caren Merrick became clearer Sunday as they discussed issues ranging from background checks for gun ownership to new regulations for abortion clinics at an appearance at Temple Rodef Shalom The candidates are competing for the open seat in the dramatically reconfigured 31st Senate District, which stretches from National Airport north to Loudoun County. Most of the district and the voters are in Arlington County. Election day is Nov. 8. Favola, an Arlington resident, has served on the Arlington Board for 14 years. She told the Jewish Community Relations Council on Sunday that she looked forward to her son's graduation from George Mason in June. …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Barbara Comstock Leads the State in Political Contributions
Incumbent Republican Del. Barbara Comstock, whose district includes McLean, led all Virginia state candidates in recent fundraising with 75 percent of her cash coming from Republican PACs controlled by the governor, the speaker of the House of Delegates and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. Comstock, who is running for re-election to a second term in the Virginia House of Delegates from the 34th District, raised nearly $230,000 in cash in September including $100,000 from a PAC controlled by House Speaker Bill Howell, plus another $25,000 directly from Howell and $25,000 from Gov. Bob McDonnell's PAC. The governor has headlined at least two fundraisers for Comstock in McLean. Her total even surpassed that of Howell, whose fundraising totalled nearly…
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Barbara Comstock tops the list of money raised in September
Incumbent Del. Barbara Comstock was the top fundraiser among all state candidates for September bringing in nearly $300,000 in political contributions, according to the latest campaign finance reports. Her total even surpassed that of William Howell, the powerful Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates whose fund-raising totalled nearly $200,000. Comstock is running for her second term to represent the 34th District which included McLean. Comstock's Democratic opponent attorney Pam Danner raised about $82,000. All the numbers are from the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit, nonaligned organization. Republicans are ahead of Democrats in fundraising this election year both in McLean and in Virginia. In the 31st Senate race …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Barbara Favola Vs. Caren Merrick
The two candidates running for the open 31st Senate District seat were the stars of a wide-ranging candidates forum hosted by the Great Falls Citizens Association Tuesday night. The audience of nearly 100 at The Grange, Great Falls' town hall, swelled noticeably when Democrat Barbara Favola and Republican Caren Merrick took the stage for their 30 minute appearance. The forum also hosted candidates for: Favola talked of her experience as a member of the Arlington County Board for 14 years. Merrick, who is running for the first time, talked about creating a company in her basement with her husband and creating jobs. A German company bought that business, Webmethods, in 2005 for $546 million. The company remains in Northern Virginia. The …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Good Morning, State Senate Candidates Highlight Candidates Forum. Barbara Favola and Caren Merrick attracted the most attention at Tuesday night's forum. Increase in McLean Bus Service? That's what Metro is recommending. Home of Beautiful Fabrics Closes. McLean loses one of its downtown landmark stores. Reminder: Langley Fork Park hearing tonight at Franklin Sherman School to hear the neighbors' suggestions on the future of the park. 12noon. Grab and Go.