June 22, 2011

Campaign Update: We’re up and running.

Friends –

As I last wrote you, we’ve decided to run for the Virginia Senate, and since that decision was made – wow – it’s been a crazy last few weeks.

First: we have an important deadline coming up, and we need your help.

June 30 marks the close of our first campaign finance reporting period, and it is important that we show strong numbers on this report, so I’m really counting on you.

If you’re able, can you make a contribution? (https://senate2011.votejeff.com/contribute.php)

I’ve got about $18,000 more I need to raise to meet our current goal for this period. Whether it’s $25, $100, or $1000, we can use it.

Please consider going online to https://senate2011.votejeff.com/contribute.php, as soon as possible, and making a donation. It’s quick and easy, and you can do it from anywhere. I’d be grateful for the help.

If it helps, Virginia law allows both personal and corporate contributions in any amount.

Now, a quick campaign update:

In a matter of 9 days, with the help of many, we accumulated over 550 petition signatures to get my name on the ballot. We turned in those signatures with the rest of my candidacy documents and because I filed them before anyone else, my name will be first on the ballot.

Which ballot? Well, I do have competition for the Republican nomination, so please be sure to mark your calendars for primary day on Tuesday, August 23. If you live in the new 36th Senate district (find your home on the map at https://senate2011.votejeff.com/district/ to see if you’re in or out of the district), I’m really counting on you showing up and voting for me in this primary.

And, because Virginia is an open primary state, it does not require party registration, so any registered voter who lives in our district can vote in this primary election.

In the time since we turned in our filing documents and petitions, we’ve literally hit the ground running. Well, more accurately, walking — door-to-door that is. In the just the last several days, we’ve knocked on over 1000 doors, and with 44 precincts to hit before election day (hopefully more than once), we expect to keep — or even pick up — our current pace.

Thousands of citizens of every political stripe are signing on to our campaign by offering their support, volunteering, asking for yard signs and bumper stickers, making financial contributions, and importantly, praying for (and with) us. Thank you!

I also want to thank our steering committee who have been a huge asset, and our finance committee is doing an awesome job helping us raise the resources we need to implement an fund our campaign plan.

We’re building a strong grassroots movement focused on people, not politics. And, given that this is a 63% Obama district, we’re going to need to win the trust and support of not just Republicans, but Democrats and Independents too. Fortunately, I’ve got a track record of doing just that.

God willing we win our primary (which we have every expectation that will be the case), and then move on to the general election on November 8th.

Thanks again for all you are doing. We’ll keep you posted in the days and weeks ahead.


P.S. Please consider making a donation to our campaign — it’d be a big help. Visit https://senate2011.votejeff.com/contribute.php. Also, our headquarters is now in operation in the Town of Dumfries. If you’ve got some time to volunteer, we could use it. Visit https://senate2011.votejeff.com/volunteer.php to sign up.

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