Lake Ridge - Occoquan Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Lake Ridge, Occoquan and Prince William County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Lake Ridge - Occoquan 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.
President Barack Obama: The president will try to repeat his 2008 victory in the Old Dominion. Though it's an uphill climb, Obama is leading his likely GOP opponent Mitt Romney in the money chase.
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney appeared in Reston in February to campaign and speak on the country’s struggling economy. In March, Romney won the Virginia primary against Ron Paul.
George Allen: Former Gov. George Allen is fresh off Tuesday’s GOP Primary victory, in which he beat out E.W. Jackson, Del. R.G. “Bob” Marshall and Jamie Radtke for the nomination with 66 percent of the vote. And it looks like Allen will have help in his corner; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stopped by Arlington Thursday to publically endorse Allen, 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: Former Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman 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. Kaine has told Patch he believes cancelling George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich 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 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: Retired U.S. Army Officer Chris Perkins won Tuesday’s 11th District GOP Primary with roughly 60 percent of the vote, 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.