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Reston Election Guide

The candidates and incumbents that will be affecting Reston, VA on Election Day.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Reston 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.

11th Congressional District

Gerry Connolly:
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) is currently serving his second term as Virginia’s 11th District Congressman, after beating GOP challenger Keith Fimian by a very narrow 981 votes, or .43 percent. A former Fairfax County supervisor, Connolly will have his work cut out for him against a GOP opponent who is well aware of how close the 2010 election was.

Chris Perkins:
, defeating Herndon engineer Ken Vaughn. In an interview with Patch in January, Perkins said that 11th District constituents deserved more than what they were currently getting from Gerry Connolly. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell voiced his support for Perkins after his primary win, and former 11th District Rep. Tom Davis formally endorsed him in May.

Mark Gibson:
Fairfax businessman Mark Gibson will run as an independent in this November’s general election. According to his website, Gibson wants to ensure a better future for his potential constituents and break a system of deferring important decisions.

10th Congressional District

Frank Wolf:
Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf has held his seat in Virginia’s 10th District since he was first elected to it in 1980. According to opencongress.com, Wolf votes along GOP lines 89 percent of the time.  Wolf took about 63 percent of the 10th District vote during the 2010 election.

Kristin Cabral:
Fairfax attorney . Cabral will go right to a general election contest against longtime incumbent Frank Wolf, a politician who has been in congress for decades and who Cabral thinks has become part of the problem, only voting on partisan lines.

Jenn G November 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
VERIS is not very user friendly. I gave up.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Make a special note to remember 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
JAK November 05, 2012 at 08:54 AM
This is very well put together, thank you Ms. Lawton. As for all of my fellow Restonians, I have to point this out to you regarding our Reston Library bond vote, as it reads: "New Construction •Reston Regional Library ($10 million) This library is currently located north of the Reston Town Center. Because this area will be near the new Metro station in Reston, it may be redeveloped into a more urban, mixed-use center with government facilities. As part of the redevelopment, the library may be relocated within this area north of the town center. Bond funds will be used for the site studies, design and construction once the library location is confirmed." Now back to my own notation, how is the library considered to be anywhere near the Metro station? Our Reston Library is located approximately 3/4 of a mile away from such! Also, why should we spend millions of dollars more to move our library around, when it is already situated in a great location? Talk about an enormous waste of tax-payer money (On top of which, how does Supervisor Hudgins deem it appropriate to also rebuild her own office while the economy languishes around us?). If absolutely necessary, I would gladly support an increased allocation of funds to help ensure that we keep our library up-to-date and running smoothly, as I believe it to be an amazing resource to us all. However, the point of shuffling it all around for nothing more than increasing density, is?

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