Friday, October 26, 2012
Economist discusses why he’s running as an Independent for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.
(Editor's note: One of the greatest powers Americans have is their right to vote. Patch respects that, and wants our readership to be as informed as possible before walking into that voting booth on Nov. 6. This is the third in a series of in-depth interviews with candidates vying for Virginia’s 11th congressional District seat.) Reforming the U.S. government and economy, the effectiveness of Congress and ending partisan gridlock were a few of the topics discussed this week in an interview with Mark Gibson, the Independent candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional District seat. Gibson candidly spoke with Patch from the Starbucks in Springfield Plaza in Springfield. Gibson has $258 cash on-hand for his campaign, compared to $1.5 million …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
DeCarlo plans to run for political office every year.
Independent candidate Chris DeCarlo doesn't have a huge campaign war chest, but he says the power of rap, a singular message and the Internet are driving his campaign for election to Virginia's 11th District congressional seat. His Youtube video "How Virginia's 17-Year-Olds Can Stick it to the Man and Fight Political Corruption" has been seen by 25,837 viewers, and a video released five days ago has garnered more than 5,000 views. But will that translate to votes? DeCarlo calls this campaign of running without donations an experiment — just like his previous four campaigns — and has committed himself to running for political office every year. "I think part of the popularity of my videos comes from watching a 53-year-old white guy rapping…
Friday, June 22, 2012
Four hopefuls submit signatures to be on ballot in November
In addition to GOP challenger Chris Perkins, incumbent U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) could be up against four Independent candidates this election season. Independent candidates running for Congress had until June 12 to turn in the 1,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot in November. Some candidates are still waiting to hear if they are on the ballot and others are confirmed. Here's an look at who will vie for the 11th congressional district seat: Chris DeCarlo: Independent candidate Chris DeCarlo of Fairfax is in the process of having his candidacy verified with the necessary 1,000 signatures, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections. DeCarlo has campaigned through rap videos, two of which can be found on his website. …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Retired Army colonel beats Herndon traffic engineer Ken Vaughn with 60-plus percent of the vote. Perkins will face Gerald Connolly in general election for 11th congressional district.
UPDATE: Retired Army Col. Chris Perkins of Lorton has won the GOP primary in the 11th congressional district with about 60 percent of the vote. He will now do battle with incumbent Democrat Congressman Gerald Connolly in November. "I know my words sound almost contrived, but I'm feeling so humble right now," Perkins said as he greeted a house full of well-wishers Tuesday night. "Because all of these people put their faith in me." He thanked his wife Petra for her contributions to the campaign. Gov. Bob McDonnell weighed in Tuesday night with congratulations: "Eleventh district Republicans tonight nominated a great candidate in Chris Perkins," he said in a news release sent out at about 10:45 p.m. "Chris understands the importance of …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Ken Vaughn responds to the Chris Perkins campaign's allegations that he lied
Monday, March 12, 2012
Our country is facing serious challenges on many fronts. Our national debt has surpassed 100% of GDP, and our deficit in February set another record - $229 billion of new debt in one month. Despite stealing this money from our future, the unemployment rate remains persistently high at 8.3%. In addition to losing our financial freedom, we also continue to see our individual liberties erode. Amazingly, our current administration now claims that it has the right to kill American citizens without any trial. While I suspect Anwar al-Awlaki was guilty of treason, he still deserved a trial, as the Constitution prescribes: No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Kenneth Vaughn greets voters at Oakton precinct
Update (1:15 a.m. Wednesday) Kenneth Vaughn shook hands with and introduced himself to voters outside the precinct at Oak Marr Recreation Center on Tuesday afternoon after a long day of doing the same around the 11th congressional district. Vaughn will face fellow Republican Chris Perkins in a primary election of his own June 12, and hoped to catch the attention of conservative voters as they cast their ballots in the GOP's presidential primary on Super Tuesday. "I'm actually a conservative," Vaughn said. "I'm pro-life, he's pro-choice. I'm pro-gun rights, he thinks local jurisdictions should be able to violate the Second Amendment." A spokesman for the Perkins campaign refuted the characterization, calling the comments "blatant lies." "…
Friday, January 20, 2012
Republican Kenneth Vaughn, 44, hopes to challenge Rep. Gerald Connolly for 11th congressional District seat.
Republican Kenneth Vaughn, 44, a traffic engineer who lives in Herndon with his wife and twin sons and originally hails from Texas, is hoping to represent Virginia's 11th congressional District, the seat currently held by Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly. Vaughn will compete in the Republican primary election June 12 against Chris Perkins and Steven Yeh, the only others currently in the GOP primary race for the 11th congressional District. Vaughn has raised about $120,000, contributing most of it himself, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. There is no record of Yeh yet raising funds. Perkins has raised more than $150,000. Republican Keith Fimian, a businessman from Oakton, came close to unseating Connolly, in his second…