Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Suzanne Scholte To Take On Gerry Connolly

From the 11th District GOP committee:

"By acclamation, the delegates to Virginia's 11th Congressional District Republican Convention selected Suzanne Scholte to be our party's nominee. Her two rivals for the party nomination, Gerry Geddes and Mike Litzelman, immediately and graciously endorsed Scholte.

"Suzanne Scholte is a very impressive candidate. She has spent years helping victims of oppression; she has proven herself to be an effective leader both on Capitol Hill and in the private sector; she has a deep understanding of a broad array of issues; and she is well-respected around the world. In a tough environment for Democrats, I'm sure Gerry Connolly cannot be happy about Suzanne's nomination," said 11th District Republican Chairman Terry Wear.

Suzanne is the President of the Defense Forum Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing national security, democracy, freedom, and human rights in a bipartisan fashion. For example, one recent series of forums on cyber-attacks put together by her foundation was attended by staffers for both Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz.

Her efforts to advance freedom and human rights have not gone unnoticed; she has received several awards for her work, including the Seoul Peace Prize and the Walter Judd Freedom Award. In addition to her international work, she has been active in her local community volunteering as a literacy tutor, newsletter editor for her civic association, and Sunday school teacher.

No stranger to Capitol Hill, Suzanne is ready to lead and will not require any on-the-job training. Before taking the helm of the Defense Forum Foundation, she served as the youngest Congressional chief of staff, and she has testified repeatedly before Congress and the United Nations over the years.

Suzanne has deep roots in Northern Virginia having attended high school here. After graduating from the College of William & Mary, she returned to Northern Virginia to start her career. She is the proud mother of three sons: Chester, Christian, and James; and she recently celebrated thirty years of marriage to her husband Chad.

With her nomination, Suzanne gives voters in the 11th District a stark choice this November: they can either elect Suzanne, a champion for human rights who repeatedly works across party lines to help others, or they can reelect a do nothing partisan hack who walked out on the families of the Benghazi victims.

You are invited to meet Suzanne this Saturday, May 19, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Alice Butler-Short's home. Former Gov. George Allen and Former First Lady of Virginia Susan Allen will be co-hosting the event. Donations will be accepted. You may RSVP by emailing without delay."

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