Monday, June 6, 2011
Schoeneman kicks-off House of Delegates campaign
Surrounded by supporters and elected officials, Brian Schoeneman kicked off his campaign Saturday afternoon with an event in the heart of Fairfax City. The event, held at the Old Fire Station #3 on University Drive in Fairfax City, was the formal launch of Schoeneman’s bid to defeat incumbent Democrat David Bulova in the 37th House District this November.
“My wife and I chose to live in Fairfax. We settled down here, got married, started our family. This is where our son was born and we love this community. I want to see it move in the right direction,” Schoeneman said in a speech rallying the crowd.
The event was well-attended, and included visits from a variety of Republican elected officials from across northern Virginia, including Fairfax City Councilmembers Steve Stombres and Ellie Schmidt, Delegate Jim Lemunyon, Braddock Supervisor John Cook, Fairfax Clerk of the Court John Frey, and a number of State Senate and School Board candidates.
“Brian understands the issues and the needs of Fairfax City and the 37th House District,” said Councilman Steve Stombres in his remarks introducing Schoeneman. “He’ll go down to Richmond and focus on the real needs of our community – transportation, jobs, education. And he’ll do it the right way, by keeping taxes low and getting Northern Virginia our fair share.”
“I’ve been out knocking doors for the last month, meeting voters and listening to what they’ve been saying. And what I’ve heard overwhelmingly from them is that they want effective leadership in Richmond. They want a delegate who shares their priorities and who understands the issues that really matter to them. In short, they want a delegate who ‘gets it,’ who understand the issues they deal with every day,” Schoeneman said in his remarks. “I get it. And we’re going to get it done in November, and get to work for Fairfax.”
The 37th House District includes Fairfax City, George Mason University, Fair Oaks and points west along Lee Highway and ending at Centreville. A swing-district, it went 53% for Bob McDonnell in the 2009 gubernatorial election. The district was one of the most changed in redistricting, with 8 new precincts being added. The new 37th has shifted west and added almost 38,000 new residents, nearly half of the total of 79,746 residents. The seat, which has been held by the Democrats since 2005, is likely to be the top challenger race in Fairfax this year.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.brianfordelegate.com.