“Take a good, long, honest, positive look at what good can come out of every situation you’re in. Wherever you are, that’s where you are. You’re there with it. This is your history you’re living right now. So do what you can to make the most of what comes along. And please, don’t try to do everything on your own. There are a lot of people out there in the universe who wish you well and want to be your friend. Let them help you. You don’t have to carry it all on your own.” – Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut
Buzz is 100% right – there are a lot of people wishing you well, who want to help you, who will happily help you carry your burden just as you would offer to help to carry theirs. We work together as members of a community. Our community is based on certain principles that we share. And we work to get our candidates elected. We share our story with the community at the fair or get involved in other ways. We donate funds to help achieve our goals, or will even join (or re-join) the Stafford Republican Party.
You are not alone!
LIBRARY TASK FORCE
The Library Task Force has asked me to share this library survey with the membership. Please fill it out so that our voice is heard!
We will be holding our August meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month. The meeting will be held in person on Monday, August 8th at 7pm at the Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States
I’ll keep this message brief. We must fight for freedom. We must protect it. And we must hand it down to the next generation. We do this by teaching our children. We do this by electing men and women who share those values – like Yesli Vega, our nominee for the 7th Congressional District. We do it by building up institutions who can carry that banner forward – like the Stafford GOP. And we do it by fighting those who would be happy to tell their children’s children how they were able to tear it all down. Join us!!
We will be holding our July meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month. The meeting will be held in person on Monday, July 11th at 7pm at the Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy.
Important reminder: No full committee business meeting. Instead, we will have smaller Magisterial District meetings and a full committee Fellowship Event.
“WE BELIEVE: That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice” – excerpt from the Republican Creed
We see what happens when the free enterprise system is encumbered by regulations, by bureaucracy, by government shutting down pipelines, by government interfering with how food is grown, shipped, and sold. We see how government-controlled ports back up, and ships line up out at sea while shelves remain empty. Choices matter. Elections matter. Policies matter. This is why we believe in freeing the creativity of the market wherever we can. Free markets are twice as efficient as government-controlled markets. That is a 100% tax. And when government controls something, you can’t make changes quickly, effectively, or intelligently. The free market self-corrects, and it does so quickly. Look at our schools, or our medical system. Government-controlled, expensive, mired in the last century, unhappy teachers, students, parents, administrators, patients, nurses, doctors… There is a better way. We all know it. This is one more reason why we fight. And why it is crucial that we win!
This Friday, May 6, early voting begins. Virginia now provides for 45-day early voting for the primary (and the same for the General Election in November). Early voting will take place at the Government Center, right next to the Courthouse. More information about voting early can be found on our 7th District Primary page. If you would like to volunteer as a Poll Greeter or Poll Watcher for the early voting, go to the Get Involved page and put in your area of interest. We’ll get you trained and on the schedule.
May Fellowship Event
Calling all Stafford GOP members and their families! Join us for our Inaugural Fellowship event!
Monday, May 9th from 6:00-9:00pm Perry and Lisa Darley’s home 71 Coakley Lane Fredericksburg, VA 22406 540-841-4878 The Darley’s will provide hotdogs, rolls and condiments along with water, tea, and all paper products. Please bring a potluck dish to share, a yard chair and a “special beverage” of your choosing if necessary. Let’s get to know each other better at this relaxing event. Wear your favorite political T-Shirt for the chance to win a prize. Please rsvp to Lisa by May 8th at CommittedToChrist@cox.net
May Magisterial District Meetings
We will be having Magisterial District meetings in May. The MD Chairs are working on scheduling them as I write this. Active members should receive notices directly from the MD chairs, but all events should be posted at our Events page: https://staffordgop.com/upcoming-events/ Bring a friend! Or Two!
Education Task Force Update
From the Education Task Force,
The Stafford County Public Schools, Office of Strategic Communication & Community Engagement, have held 2 of a total of 3 Strategic Planning Community Workshops providing insight into the next Strategic Plan.
The prior 2017-2022 Strategic Plan comes to an end and Dr. Taylor is looking to collaborate with community members through workshops extracting feedback to help shape his plan. This five-year plan will run 2023-2028 and this is the perfect opportunity to share your thoughts, your concerns, and your candor facilitating a shared vision for the future of SCPS.
The final workshop will commence on May 10, 2022, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Howell Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. As our School Board members continue to work to ensure our school system succeeds through sound policy, we need our Republican Committee members to share their conservative values at the workshop further solidifying what we expect in our community.
After all, we believe “that all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society.”
And there are so many other things going on. A brief, and incomplete list:
- 7th District Committee Activities
- Loren Spivak at the King George Tea Party (May 5)
- Fredericksburg-Area Business Community Outreach
- June RPV Training Event
- Candidate Events & Forums
- 2nd Annual Stafford GOP Golf Tournament (June 13)
- Fredericksburg Fair (July)
Each step matters. The person who can spend an hour as a Poll Greeter for their neighbors matters. The volunteer who signs up ten Republican voters might swing an election. The Republican who calls who convinces 4 like-minded people to vote per week between now and Election Day in November will gather more than 100 votes for our candidate. We will take back a majority of the Congressional seats in Virginia. 8,270 votes separated Nick Freitas from Abigail Spanberger in 2020. We can close that gap. We can close that gap in Stafford alone. As goes Stafford, so goes the 7th. You matter. We can close that gap and win, if we fight hard enough. If we stay vigilant, and unite behind our nominee, we can win this election.
Stafford GOP Involvement at New High!
We have seen a tremendous surge of interest in the Stafford GOP over the past year. Every person who has stepped up has been part of this surge. Everyone who believes in what we believe is part of our movement. Every friend we bring to a GOP event; every time we volunteer – to knock on doors, or make calls, or write post cards; every time we say “I will ensure this election” by serving as a poll worker, or poll watcher, or poll greeter; and every moment that we spend talking to our friends, our families, our neighbors, and everyone else we know shows that we practice what we preach. It shows others that they are not alone in their beliefs. It shows the people of Stafford – the men and women, the mothers and fathers and grandparents, the young people just awakening to the realities of government and politics, and our elected representatives – that we are a majority in Stafford, and we will not go quietly down the path of despair and despondency, into the pit of liberal lawlessness, where the crybullies celebrate children in masks, men in women’s sports, and the end of the police while prosecuting ideas they disagree with as the worst excesses in the history of humanity. We will stand and fight for our beliefs at every level. And we will do so together.
NEXT STAFFORD GOP MEETING
We will hold our next meeting on Monday, April 11 at 7pm at the Globe and Laurel restaurant in Northern Stafford. We will have a bigger room this time, so maybe we’ll all be a little more comfortable. My apologies to those of you trying to connect on the Zoom link in March. That did not work, and we do not plan to try it at this month’s meeting. The official call is below. I will send out additional information to members later this week. If you wish to become a member, or renew a lapsed membership, you can enter your information and pay the dues here.
The 2022 Advance is expected to draw hundreds of Republican activists, legislators, and statewide leaders. The Advance will be held in Northern Virginia and will focus on the exciting future for the Republican Party of Virginia. The 2022 Advance will feature breakout sessions led by grassroots activists, conservative advocacy groups, the business community and your leaders in federal and state government. This year’s Advance will be at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel and take place April 28 to May 1, 2022. Bill Stewart, our George Washington Magisterial District Chair, has agreed to coordinate those seeking to share travel arrangements. He can be reached through email here.
Candidate events will be added to the Stafford GOP calendar of events, which can be viewed here: https://staffordgop.com/upcoming-events/
NEW PRECINCTS DELAYED
I have been notified that the new precincts in Stafford will not take effect for voting purposes until the November election. The Voting Rights Act of Virginia contains provisions that require signoff from Richmond, and we will not get that in time for the primary. We still need volunteers for poll greeters, and pol watchers, and poll workers for the primary. All the voters on June 21, and t early voting at the Government Center, will be Republicans. They’ll be looking for us – and we’ll be looking to help them get more active in our fight.
You are the most critical part of this movement. Our wave is building. We will sweep over Washington DC as we take back Virginia’s 7th Congressional district this November. And next year, we will take back the State Senate, deepen our majority in the House of Delegates, and give Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares the team they need in Richmond.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
– Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States
Persistence is our task for 2022. We won three great statewide victories for Virginia in 2021. We won most of our local and state elections and look forward to great things from our representatives. Now we need to persist – by increasing our outreach into the community, by supporting our elected Republicans at every level, by making our political opponents feel the heat of our presence, and by ensuring a win in our new Congressional District, Virginia’s 7th, against incumbent Abigail Spanberger. We must work harder, work smarter, and work harder than our opponents. We must be determined to win and fight every step of the way. Only then can we achieve victory.
TARA DURANT SWEARING IN CEREMONY
Delegate-elect Tara Durant has invited us to participate at her Swearing In Ceremony in Richmond at 1:30pm on Saturday, January 22. The ceremony will take place at the Virginia State Capital at 1000 Bank Street in Richmond. To RSVP, or for more information, visit the TaraDurant.com website.
REDISTRICTING IS FINAL
The Virginia Supreme Court made a final decision on new elections districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the House of Delegates. Stafford County will be entirely located within the 7th Congressional District. This district is designed to be the median district in the Commonwealth, which means it will be a hard-fought election and could easily swing either way. We need to work hard – our persistence will make the difference. This election should be the only one on our ballot in November (unless the courts do something strange regarding Delegate districts). We can concentrate our efforts, once we have our nominee. There will be plenty of candidates looking for the nomination. Pick the candidate you believe will be the best to represent us in Washington DC and work hard for them, but once we have our nominee, we need to join together to win in November.
For our January 2022 meeting, we will be trying something new – a hybrid meeting. Several members expressed a reluctance to come to an in-person meeting due to the unprecedented number of COVID cases in the area. We will have an in-person meeting and have a zoom link for those wishing to join electronically.
The meeting will be held in person on Monday, January 10th at 7pm at the Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy and electronically on Zoom at the link at the very end of this message.
Due to the nature of this hybrid structure (and my uncertainty as to whether or not it will fully work as intended), this will be an unofficial meeting, which means nobody will be penalized (in our 3 consecutive strikes rule) for missing the meeting. That also means that any decisions will have to be reaffirmed at a later meeting or, for time-sensitive items, by the Executive Committee. But it is critical that we build our momentum, and continue to engage.
We have important work that needs to be done. At this meeting, we will discuss and request a vote on:
1. The details of the call for the Stafford GOP organizational mass meeting.
2. The details for the 7th Congressional District convention.
3. The 7th Congressional District method of nomination.
4. A proposed amendment to the Stafford GOP bylaws.
5. The Lincoln-Douglass-Reagan Dinner.
6. Other items of critical importance.
We’ll discuss redistricting, we’ll hear from 7th District Congressional candidates, we’ll have updates on some of our other recent activities, and more.
As we look at Virginia, we see such promise, such hope for the future. We are responsible for building that future. We are responsible for ensuring that our elected boards and legislatures do the jobs we elected them to do – not doing some other job they’re influenced into doing. We all have our lives – our work, our family, our church, our other organizations – and we need to continue to embrace them and give them what they deserve. But our work together in the GOP informs and improves all of those other areas. And when we fail to do it, we risk every other area of our lives. Persistence is our path forward.
“If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole.”
– Bob Dole, United States Senate Majority Leader
We worked hard all year, and saw tremendous success. We fell short in some areas, but we’re already planning for next year – growing the party, spreading our values, and reaching out to the people of Stafford County with our message of liberty, justice, and equality. On Monday, we’ll come together to celebrate at our Christmas Party from 6-9pm at 1010 Coffee Bar at 1010 Corporate Drive.
Our monthly business meeting will take place at 7pm, then we’ll get back to the party!
Official call is below.
“I believe when you are in any contest you should work like there is always to the very last minute a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything. So I just see no excuse if you believe anything enough for not putting your whole heart into it. It is what I do.”– Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States
We have worked so hard. We have knocked doors, made calls, sent texts, volunteered long hours, walked many miles, and Election Day is finally here. We have put ourselves and our fourteen Republicans on the ballot in Stafford this year in the best position to win. I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – we can win all fourteen of them!
1. If you have not voted yet, you must vote tomorrow. The polls are open from 6am-7pm. Get there however you can. If you can’t figure out how to get there, get in touch with me and we’ll get you there.
2. Make certain that every Republican you know, every Republican in your life has voted.
3. Make certain that anyone on the fence, anyone who might be persuadable, is persuaded and votes.
Put your whole heart into it for one more day. Then we can join together and say: We did it and we did it together!!!
Our November 2021 meeting will be held on Monday, November 8th at 7pm at the Highmark Brewery, 390 Kings Hwy. This will be a joyful celebration, as long as we do not lose it at the very last minute because we stopped working too early. And I know that you have fought so hard and for so long – but you have energy enough for one more day. Official call is below.
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” – Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the United States
How do we preserve the last best hope? By working harder than the team trying to sentence us all to a thousand years of darkness. Elections are zero sum – we win or we lose. We have fourteen Republicans on our ballots in Stafford this year. If we all work as hard as we can for these next four weeks, we can win all fourteen of them!
We’ve all been busy with the job, and the family, and life. But now is the time. Take a day if you can, and volunteer to hand out ballots at the early voting at the Government Center near the Courthouse. If you can’t take a day, take half a day. Or an hour. Get off the sidelines. Engage the voters.
We’ve been seeing almost 200 people per day at the early in-person voting. This site is open daily between now and October 30. We need Republican volunteers to be there every day. The Democrats are sending their volunteers every day. You can sign up on the schedule available by clicking here: We need you to volunteer.
We need your family and friends to help as well. We’ll have 27 precincts on Election Day, and one early voting location (the Courthouse) to cover for the remaining four weeks before the election. Election Day is November 2nd. We need you to volunteer for that as well.
If you’re interested in serving as an inside poll watcher (election observer) on November 2, please reply to this message and we’ll get you set up for that as well.
Our October 2021 meeting will be held on Monday, October 11th at 7pm at the Paradise Diner at 260 Warrenton Road in south Stafford.
This is our final Republican meeting before our rendezvous with destiny as we win fourteen elections in November! Official call is below.
“But my later experience has taught me two lessons: first, that things are seen plainer after the events have occurred; second, that the most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticised.” – Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States
Hindsight is 20/20, as they say. We’ve seen the Terry McAuliffe show before. Mobs tearing down statues. Growing state budgets. Support for all abortions, even those after birth. Secret backroom deals with China. We can see these events plainly now, but many still don’t. Many think that Virginia will be better off with the confident critics of freedom, of the rule of law, of gender, of men and women in uniform, of moving beyond race, of our way of life, of our faith, and of America.
Those are the people who know the least about what the other options are – tyranny and surrender.
Our fight is critical today, just as President Grant’s was in his day. We’re not in a war, but the threat to our country is every bit as real today as it was back then. It is a battle for hearts and minds. We must reach all of our neighbors with our message. We must stand together and show our values as we work to win. Virginia depends on it just as much now as it did 150 years ago.
SEPTEMBER 17th to NOVEMBER 2nd GENERAL ELECTION
Early in person voting starts on Friday, September 17th. We need you to volunteer.
Election Day is November 2nd. We need you to volunteer for that as well.
We need your family and friends to help as well. We’ll have 27 precincts on Election Day, and one early voting location (the Courthouse) to cover for the 45 days before the election.
Our September 2021 meeting will be held on Monday, September 13th at 7pm at 6 Bears and a Goat at 1140 International Pkwy, Fredericksburg. Meet with your fellow Republicans, and plan to win in November! Official call is below.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, but your government only when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer
The events of the last week on the other side of the world really hit this message home. Elections have consequences. The federal government is not America. The President may be our chief executive, but isn’t our moral leader. The same goes for Virginia’s Governor.
America has had our vision, our ideals, printed and steering us from the start. We have often failed to live up to that promise, but our journey has been one of moving toward those ideals rather than away from them. We teach each generation this vision and each one has worked to bring us closer. We have setbacks, but we always rise stronger again when we can elect those who believe in that vision.
As I write this, 10,000 Americans are trapped in a hostile land with no clear means of escape or rescue. President Biden interrupted his Camp David time to announce to the world that, while the buck stops with him, he takes no responsibility. The White House refuses to commit to helping any of those Americans reach safety, to say nothing of the tens of thousands of Afghans who worked with us, and their families. I support my country wholeheartedly, and I pray for everyone involved.
But I am also fighting to win the next election. Elections matter at every level. They matter at the federal level. They matter at the state level, and they matter at the local level where we live most of our lives every day. We have one of the best slates of candidates I have ever seen, from the statewides, to the House of Delegates, the county Board of Supervisors, and the School Board. These people are patriots, and they will make us proud every day as they serve in these roles. As long as we can get them over the finish line.
Reminders – events this week:
This Thursday, August 19, the Glenn Youngkin campaign is hosting a volunteer training/meet and greet at the Fredericksburg HQ – 311 Central Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Refreshments at 6pm and training afterwards. This will be a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and learn the ins and outs of the campaign software. The training will be critical to joining super Saturdays moving forward. You can RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Saturday this Saturday, August 21 at 9am. Meet at Senator Richard Stuart’s office – 150 Riverside Parkway, Suite 107, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. We will knock doors in Stafford until about 1pm, and then all the volunteers will be given an opportunity to get pictures with Tara Durant and Glenn Youngkin at Tara Durant’s Red, White, and Blue BBQ.
Tara Durant’s Red, White, and Blue BBQ – this Saturday, August 21 from 2-5pm. Please RSVP due to expected attendance. Anyone can RSVP here – https://taradurant.com/red-white-and-blue-bbq/
Prosecco on the Patio with Gina Ciarcia – this Sunday, August 22 from 2-4pm. Reserve your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prosecco-on-the-patio-tickets-166863377855
Voting begins on September 17 and lasts through November 2. The things we do in the next month lay the groundwork for getting all of our voters to the polls. The work that we have put in so far will pay dividends, and we will retain control of our local boards. We will take back the House of Delegates. And we will elect our Republican nominees as the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General. That is a day I will be proud to support the government of Virginia once again.