Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spotsylvania Republican Committee endorses three candidates for 2011


Committee fills out slate by endorsing Roger Harris for Sheriff, Tim McLaughlin for Chancellor Supervisor, and Kirk Twigg for Livingston School Board


Spotsylvania, VA. The Spotsylvania County Republican Committee made endorsements for Sheriff, Chancellor Supervisor, and Livingston School Board today as a total of six candidates made their pitches before a packed house at the Spotsy GOP July Monthly meeting at Salem Church Library.

“I would like to thank the six outstanding candidates who came to seek our endorsement today”, remarked Chairman Steve Thomas. “They all spoke well in their defense, and deserve great credit for doing so. We appreciate each and every one of them.”

The independent candidates endorsed will join two other endorsees, Paul Trampe for Salem Supervisor and Dawn Shelley for Chancellor School Board, as well as three nominees: Al King for Commissioner of Revenue, Jerry Logan for Courtland Supervisor, and Ann Heidig for Livingston Supervisor.

“Out of a slate of eight candidates for county races thus far, five are endorsed independents. That speaks to our party’s reaching out to others to help us affect needed changes in Spotsylvania”, said Thomas. “Jobs and taxes will be a major focus for us, and now we have a slate of supervisor candidates consisting of three small business owners and one PhD economist. Our Commissioner of Revenue nominee is a living legend in the field of appraisals and can correct some issues with regard to commercial appraisals. These individuals know how to create jobs, and their honesty and conservative philosophies will make them great public servants for these troubled times”.

Roger Harris edged Mike Timm for the Committee endorsement for Sheriff. “Thank you to the Spotsylvania Republican Committee for endorsing me for Sheriff of Spotsylvania County”, remarked Harris. “Thank you for helping me to become a sheriff for all the people as I strive to receive as many endorsements as possible.”

Tim McLaughlin, a retired Marine and businessman, received the endorsement to run against independent Democrat Hap Connors in the Fall. “Tim McLaughlin is a GREAT fit for Chancellor: Smart, tough, hardworking, conservative, a business owner, a family man, and a Marine. He also commutes north to the Navy Yard, so he knows the troubles commuters face. He won’t let Hap Connors run from his broken record of tax hikes and job losses, and he will make a terrific supervisor.”

McLaughlin commented: "We need high tech and manufacturing jobs in this county. We must be innovative and think outside the box when it comes to creating jobs. We must aggressively pursue job creation opportunities. Taxes kill jobs and growth, especially during a recession, so why does the Board of Supervisor continue to do so? Raising taxes should be the last resort, not the first answer- we have to look for efficiency and reduce government waste within the county at all times. We must lower commercial business taxes, fees, and make Spotsylvania a business friendly community. “

The SCRC also endorsed Committee member Kirk Twigg for Livingston Supervisor, edging out fellow Committee members Dave Brennan and Ray Lora. “I have tremendous respect for all three men, but in these times where great change is needed on the Spotsylvania School Board, the Committee endorsed Kirk Twigg as the man to bring that conservative change”.

Mr. Twigg remarked, “My campaign is honored to accept the Endorsement of the Spotsylvania Republican Committee [SRC] with a majority vote over the two-term Incumbent seeking re-election. This emphatic endorsement by the SRC affirms that our staunch Conservative values align. Further, I pledge much needed leadership and fiscally responsible business solutions to the parents/taxpayers of Livingston District next year, and welcome support of all who share these values”.

Chairman Thomas concluded, “We now have one of the most qualified and personable slates of candidates for these times. When we are facing problems with jobs, foreclosures, conflicts of interest, assessments, and crime, we feel we have a superior slate of candidates to lead Spotsylvania past these problems with Conservative solutions. We look forward to a spirited campaign and to welcoming new majorities to the Board of Supervisors and the School Board in the Fall”.

For more information, contact: Steven Thomas, 703-819-0127,

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Spotsy GOP calls on Supervisor Hap Connors to File reports


Spotsylvania, VA. Today, the Spotsylvania Republican Committee called on Chancellor Supervisor Hap Connors to come into compliance with Federal and State election finance law by filing his second quarter financial reports.

"Now, everyone makes mistakes, certainly us included", noted Chairman Steve Thomas. "But for Hap Connors, a lobbyist and professional politician, to break election finance law by not filing timely reports for two consecutive quarters, is inexcusable. It is a violation of the law, it is a violation of the Code of Ethics that the county supervisors are held to, and we call on Supervisor Connors to come clean".

Not only has Supervisor Connors still not filed financial reporting forms for the second quarter of 2011, he was late filing reports for the first quarter of 2011, as well as not having filed to run for re-election as yet.

Chairman Thomas continued, "If Supervisor Connors, a man whose career has been politics for more than 25 years, does not find fit to make his required filings, it calls into question how hard he would work for the people of Chancellor if re-elected this Fall. Chancellor deserves a hardworking, fair and honest supervisor- and we hope they elect one in November."

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Governor is coming to Spotsy for Bryce!

Rally for Reeves with Governor Bob McDonnell

July 25th, 2011
1:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Reeves for Senate Headquarters
10054 Southpoint Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

R.S.V.P by July 22nd to Colby Bledsoe at (540) 891-5473

This is a Free Event!
Bring The Whole Family!

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Official Call: July 28 Monthly meeting

I, Steven Thomas, do hereby issue a call for a meeting of the County Committee of the Republican Party of Spotsylvania, Virginia to be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia at 7:30 pm. The time from 7 pm until 7:30 pm will be available for public announcements, candidate announcements and fellowship.
The agenda shall be:

1. Call to Order (7:30)
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Republican Creed
5. Roll Call of Membership
6. Treasurer's Report
7. New Business:
A. 2011 Committee endorsements of independent candidates, with speeches
-Chancellor Supervisor
-Courtland School Board
-Livingston School Board
-Salem School Board
B. 2011 SCRC Party Platform

8. Old Business:
A. Meeting place
9. Adjournment (8:30)

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Spotsylvania Republican Committee nominates three candidates for 2011


Nearly 100 turn out on a Saturday morning to nominate three for county posts


Spotsylvania, VA. The Spotsylvania County Republican Committee today announced the results of its July 9, 2011 Mass Meeting to determine its official nominations for the November 8, 2011 elections.

“That almost 100 people should come in on a Saturday morning to participate in our Mass Meeting does show the interest in conservative politics in the County”, noted Spotsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Steve Thomas. “The need to create an environment for job creation here is paramount to stem the tide of foreclosures and plant closings, and that will drive our slate in the elections in November”.

Al King won the Republican nomination for Commissioner of the Revenue. Mr. King, an accomplished appraiser who has written four books on the topic, is embarking on his second countywide run. Mr. King commented, “It was gratifying that my campaign message was warmly received: ‘Is your house overvalued? Hire a professional appraiser to do a professional job”.

Jerry Logan won the Republican nomination for Courtland Supervisor. Mr. Logan, who has had a longer tenure than any other Republican on the Board, remains as yet uncontested in the general election as well. Mr. Logan commented, “I am thrilled to have received the nomination and feel privileged to run as a Republican for the Courtland District”.

Ann Heidig received the Republican nomination for Supervisor of the Livingston District. Mrs. Heidig, who founded Lake Anna Winery and served on the Tourism Subgroup of the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and Jobs Creation, commented, “I was pleased with the outcome, I was humbled by the confidence that the party has shown in me. I believe it is important to have a candidate who has the kind of experience that I have, and who can speak with authority on economic development, job creation, property rights, and agricultural issues.”

Chairman Thomas concluded, “When added to our endorsed independents, these three fine individuals will represent conservatives well in the Fall. Our laser-focus on job creation and tax relief will be the remedy to the county’s woes, and will make Spotsylvania a leader into the next decade instead of being a follower”.

The Spotsylvania Republican Committee will decide on the remainder of its endorsements of independent candidates at its regular monthly meeting, July 28, 7 pm at Salem Church Library.

For more information, contact: Steven Thomas, 703-819-0127,

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