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Leesburg Election Guide 2012

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Leesburg and Loudoun County this year.

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

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.

J. Kevin Chisholm: Crystal City resident J. Kevin Chisholm is running as an Independent candidate in the 10th District. The engineer is focused on tax reform and finding a workable solution to our energy needs.

Leesburg Town Council

Mayor: , Linda Shotton

Council Members: Katie Hammler, Tom Dunn, David Butler,  , Jim Sisley, Robert Zoldos and 

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For information on voting, voter registration, polling places and more, visit Loudoun County's website
 

Anthony Fasolo June 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I thank you for providing information on candidates and issues. There is so much information that is on tv or in the press that is biased in favor of one candidate or party or another and I would hope thay you could provide as unbiased an approach as possible, sticking to the issues and without name-calling. One source I would like to suggest is the League of Women Voters. They do not endorse candidates but do try to get them to state their position on various issues. Thanks again. Tony
Independent Voter July 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
It was the Independent Green Party of Virginia petition signatures for "More Trains, Less Traffic" advocate on the ballot that got Kevin Chisholm on the ballot. Independent Green Party candidates Gail for Rail Parker, and Janet for Rail Murphy personally collected those pro rail petition signatures for Kevin Chisholm.
Kevin Chisholm October 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Someone recently brought to my attention this note. Yes, I paid petitioners to help me get on the ballot and those are the names of petitioners. What is the point of the comment though? Providing efficient transportation is a good idea, isn’t it? My candidacy is about much more though, which is why I did not accept nomination of a political party that has narrow agendas. I stand for fiscal conservativeness and not kicking the can down the road on difficult issues (which both major parties are expert at doing). People who don’t give their name when they write things, might be trying to hide some motivation. Kevin Chisholm Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives www.chisholmforcongress.com
joe brewer October 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Ann Robinson I for one do not see any conservative backers among the names you listed, am I just missing them? The group you listed seems extremely liberal and democrat party affiliated. Time to diversify! As well as grant possibilities sounds like wishing and hoping you know what that fill in with. Show me a viable study using your metrics listed above to pay for your weekend transportation costs. Bus ads about $500 amonth hardley enough. Ok don't move the courts. Any person who encourages or induces an alien to reside knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such residence is in violation of law, shall be punished as provided for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs . . . fined under title 18 . . . imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both
JByrd November 05, 2012 at 04:15 AM
For all federal candidates: Please provide detailed answers for the following: (1) What are your plans for comprehensive tax reform? (2) What are your plans for entitlement reform? (3) What are your plans for overall spending reforms? Why these questions: See CNBC's "Are we rich or poor?" debate (worth watching): http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=1604902615 When I google CBO's long term projections, the current system is unsustainable. http://bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/debt-initiative/about
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein 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

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