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Special House Election Aug 19th Candidates ALL FAILED to Respond to VCDL Survey

There is a special election on August 19th, 2014 in the Virginia House of Delegates.With just over 2 weeks to go, one of the more important bits of information we need to make a determination for purposes of possible endorsements and coverage of candidates is the Virginia Citizens Defense League survey. In Virginia, the VCDL carries more weight than other 2nd Amendment organizations like the NRA because their members and motivation are not politically driven (like the NRA) and they have a clear and rational approach to our gun rights based entirely on the Constitution.

As both of these seats are in pretty liberal areas I feel that the failure to return the survey may be more intentional than oversight. (The Survey is HERE.)

District 48 is just across the Potomac River from Washington DC. The election was made necessary by the retirement of Delegate Robert Brink (D-Arlington). Democrats have nominated Rip Sullivan and Republicans nominated former Attorney General Candidate Dave Foster.

District 90 is in the Norfolk, VA area and includes some of Virginia Beach. The seat is vacant because of the resignation of Algie Howell (D-Norfolk) who stepped down and was appointed 3 days later by Governor McAuliffe as Vice Chair of the state Parole Board. Democrat Joe Lindsey will face Republican Marcus Calabrese on August 19th.

Below is the email from the VCDL about the failure to return the surveys. I would urge you to send an email to all 4 of these candidates asking politely for them to return the VCDL Survey.

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On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in addition to the Special Election in the Virginia 38th Senate District, there will be a Special Election in two (2) House of Delegates districts.

Over two weeks ago, all four candidates running for these two positions were sent the VCDL 2014 Candidate Survey.  Unfortunately, none have so far returned their survey.

The survey questions can be found at:

If you live in House District 48 or 90:  Please contact the candidates in your district and politely, but firmly, insist that they complete the VCDL survey and send it in immediately.  If they have misplaced their survey, have them contact me, Jim Snyder, at [email protected] and I’ll email them another copy.

You can view a map of:

House District 48 at:
House District 90 at:

Not sure if you’re in either of these Districts?  You can find out at:  (Only your address info is required on this form.)

The Candidates

48  Rip Sullivan     (D)   [email protected]om
48  Dave Foster      (R)   [email protected]

90  Joe Lindsey            (D)   [email protected]
90  Marcus Calabrese (R)   [email protected]


If any of the candidates are afraid to take a public stand on these issues now, BEFORE the election, then they are unlikely to be very responsive to your views AFTER the election.

Failure to return a completed survey frequently indicates indifference, if not outright hostility, toward the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Thanks for your help in motivating these candidates to answer the VCDL survey!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Special House Election Aug 19th Candidates ALL FAILED to Respond to VCDL Survey”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    In light of the latest Eric Cancer request for a special election, and all the other ones, isn’t it time to just let the governor appoint until the next regular election time? This is getting expensive to the taxpayer.

    What does this require a Constitution change? Let’s get ur done!

    • Tom White says:

      Gene – the request for a special election from Cantor is to take place on November 4th the same day as the general election already scheduled. By designating the election as essentially both a special election as well as the general election, the presumptive winner, Dave Brat, will take office the day after the election and have seniority and be there for the lame duck session when things can get interesting. I am not sure of the exact laws, but I believe that a special election cannot be held if there are less than 60 days until a general election is held. So unless a special election is held by September 4th, it can’t be done. That is from memory. But Cantor is not asking for an election prior to or in addition to the one already slated for 11/4. It takes time to run a special election. There is the matter of multiple party candidates requiring some sort of primary, signatures, etc. The logistics of an election take a while. I assume McAuliffe could appoint someone but it wouldn’t make any difference to the majority and if he appointed a left wing Democrat – which I am sure he would do – will infuriate Republicans even more than they are without accomplishing anything. When the House adjourns from the session they are in now – which may be done already – there are only 12 working days scheduled in the House before November 4th. And there would be extra expenses associated with appointing someone. Leaving the seat vacant for 12 days is the least costly option.
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  2. CUT DC says:

    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
    –George Washington


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