(VA) Cathy Ruse: Why do Fairfax County Democrats hate Special Elections?

Subject: Special School Board Election 2 Weeks Away!


Dear Friends,

Why do Fairfax County Democrats hate Special Elections? Because Republicans tend to win them! 

Let's prove them right by putting GOP-endorsed Chris Grisafe on the Fairfax County School Board on August 29th

Chris is a Coast Guard Veteran and security professional. He'll ask the tough questions, stop the back-room dealing, and finally give parents a real voice. 

Seat by seat, we can take back this board. Three generations of DEM-OGOGUERY is enough!   

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The Special Election to fill the vacant seat on the School Board is Tuesday August 29th.

Most people haven't heard about this election. Most who have heard will forget to vote. Don't let that be you! 

Mark your calendars NOW to vote in your regular polling place on August 29th for Chris Grisafe. Polls will be open from 6a.m. to 7p.m.

If you can, vote absentee now. Information below.

Cathy

Absentee Voting Has Begun! 


Location: 
​The Sexy Glassy Building ​(
Fairfax County Government Center
​)​
, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 323, Fairfax
Dates: Now until August 25
Times: MondayTuesdayWednesday and Friday8:00 am - 4:30 pmThursday8:00 am - 7:00 p.m.


Here are 20 valid reasons to vote absentee. (They forgot to list reason 21, for Dems only: Just lie to get around the rules.)

Reason Codes for Voting Absentee

CodeReasonSupporting Information Required
1A Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university 
1B Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university 
1C Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day Name of employer or business 
1D Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day Place of travel (VA county/city or state or country) 
1E I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day Name of  employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM) 
1F I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue) Not required 
2A My disability or illness Not required 
2B I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home Family Relationship 
2C My pregnancy Not required 
3A Confined, awaiting trial Name of institution 
3B Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor Name of institution 
4A An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment Not required 
5A I have a religious obligation Not required 
6A Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces Branch of service 
6B Spouse or dependent living with a member of 6A Branch of service 
6C Temporarily residing outside of US Enter your last date of residency at your Virginia voting residence only if you have given up that address permanently or have no intent to return 
6D Temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee Name of business or employer 
7A Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only 
(Ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent) 
New state of residence and date moved from Virginia. Only eligible if you moved less than 30 days before the presidential election. 
8A Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place Not required 
9A Granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction.Name of the county or city in Virginia or the state of the issuing court. 





Fairfax County School Board At-Large Member Special Election Candidate Forum 2017, sponsored by LWV Fairfax, Fairfax County Council of PTAs, and the McLean Citizens Association


Questions for the Candidates


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017FCPS_At-LargeForumQs


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Send candidates questions:

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League of Women Voters - Fairfax Area

· 48 mins ·

Please submit questions you would like asked at the At-Large School Board Candidate Forum on August 23rd at 7 pm at McLean High School.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017FCPS_At-LargeForumQs



FCPS Board Election--Candidate Debate


When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Where:
McLean High School
1633 Davidson Rd
McLean, VA  22101 

Contact:
  David Lee










MCA-Sponsored Public Meetings or Fora

Registration is not Required

The MCA, the League of Women Voters and the Fairfax County Council of PTAs host a candidate forum for the Fairfax County School Board special election. The public is invited.


From: http://mcleancitizens.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=942659&item_id=699211&from=singlemessage





(8/10/2017 @EC)


转一段 Chris Grisafe 对 AP racial quota 的看法:"There's a lot at stake in this election, including our county's merit-based system. The seemingly increasing articles I am seeing about discrimination thru racial balancing in magnet/AP schools is concerning. I have twin half sisters who are half Chinese and are currently 9 years old. They already take their studies seriously and work hard to do well. My step mom makes a concerted effort to ensure they prioritize education and studying. To think they could be prevented from achieving their educational goals on the basis of race, regardless of their preparation, is maddening". 



(8/10/2017 @Mike)








(8/8/2017 @ping) 


"中午到Government Center 去投票,看到门口一个老头给共和党站台."



(8/8/2017 @ping) 

"我们两个都投了,很简单,到Government Center, 填一张表,说明为什么提前投就可以了 我们是477和478。"




CHRIS GRISAFE

Fairfax County School Board At-Large

Special Election Tuesday, August 29th!


The Fairfax County School Board must stay focused on its primary mission –

to provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for higher education,

the modern workforce, and becoming successful, responsible citizens!

 

Chris Grisafe will focus on protecting excellence in our classrooms!

Strong academic rigor for our students

Fair class sizes

Respecting parents

Supporting teachers

Honoring accountability of our taxpayer dollars

PLEASE VOTE FOR CHRIS GRISAFE


HOW DO I VOTE?

You can vote one of the following three ways:


  ABSENTEE IN-PERSON!

You can vote TODAY for Chris Grisafe if you can’t get to the polls on Election Day.

Bring your I.D. and come vote “Absentee In-Person” at:

Fairfax County Government Center

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 323, Fairfax, VA 22035

Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm; Thu, 8 am - 7 pm

Saturday, August 26th: 9 am - 5 pm (last day to vote Absentee In-Person)


❷   ABSENTEE BY MAIL!

Request an Absentee ballot by Tuesday, August 22nd at 5 pm to vote by mail.

Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Complete your personal information, click ‘I want to apply for absentee voting’ and follow instructions to receive an Absentee ballot in the mail.

Once your ballot arrives, please complete and return via mail to the Elections Office at P.O. Box 10161, Fairfax, VA 22038 (allowing up to 9 days) OR drop your ballot off in person at the Fairfax County Government Center.


  ON ELECTION DAY!

Election Day is Tuesday, August 29th

Vote for Chris Grisafe at your regular polling location from 6 am - 7 pm.

Find your polling location at: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PollingPlaceLookup


Please ask your friends, colleagues, church members and family to vote for Chris Grisafe!

Website: www.ChrisGrisafeForSchoolBoard.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/votechrisgrisafe













(7/21/2017 @EC) "Great meeting last night. Got some signs back. Let me know if you'd like one. Otherwise I will put them out to the streets."




Chris Grisafe for School Board Update!

Posted on July 17, 2017

Early voting has started! We need your vote to save the seat! You can vote early in person at the Government Center on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Thursday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday August 26th 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, located at:

12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax, VA 22035

To Vote Absentee by Mail

Request an absentee ballot here: Once recieved, complete your ballot and place in mail no later than Friday, August 25th to reach the elections board by election day, August 29th!

Voting on Election Day, August 29, 2017

Your regular polling location will be open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you are unsure where to vote on election day click here! 

For more information on Chris Grisafe click here!

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Special Election to Be Held August 29 to Fill Vacant School Board Seat





Meet and Greet Chris Grisafe 
6/24/2017

Chris Grisafe: 
"
I am running for Fairfax County School Board at-Large because I want to protect the excellence in our schools. "


Chris Grisafe: "
FCPS must continue to provide a high-quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship. We must empower and educate our students for success and meaningful lives."

Chris Grisafe: 
Excellence in our school system directly impacts the success of our community and I know from personal experience the impact that quality schools can have in the lives of children."


Chris Grisafe: "
I now seek to serve and give back to create for students more opportunities like those I've been fortunate enough to encounter along the way!"

​I would be honored to have your support and your vote.
- Chris



For More Information, Contact: Chris Grisafe Campaign

 



Fairfax Democrats Endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large

A special election will be held on August 29th, 2017 for an At-Large (countywide) Member of the Fairfax County School Board to fill a vacancy.

The members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee voted on June 23rd to endorse Karen Keys-Gamarra for School Board At-Large.  We thank all the candidates and members who participated in the process.  Keys-Gamarra will enjoy our full support going into the August 29 special election.

Source: http://www.fairfaxdemocrats.org/2017/06/01/endorsement-of-at-large-school-board-member-for-2017-special-election/





Posted on June 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Buckingham
703-766-4467
executivedirector@fairfaxgop.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

Fairfax County Republican Committee Endorsement of Chris Grisafe for School Board At-Large

Last night at FCRC’s monthly meeting, the Committee voted unanimously to endorse Chris Grisafe for the vacant Fairfax County School Board At-Large seat, previously held by Jeanette Hough. Both Jeanette and sitting School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz spoke highly of Chris. Chris expressed his sincere gratitude and spoke about how eager he was to get to work to improve the lives of every child and parent in the county through a better school system.

After the endorsement, FCRC Chairman Matt Ames said, “I’ve known Chris for many years, and he will be an outstanding School Board member.  He will bring the same kind of respectful, courteous, and effective questioning of the status quo that Jeanette Hough exemplified.  Chris knows from his own life experience the value of a strong education, and he is determined to make sure that the Fairfax County Public Schools continue to live up to their reputation.”

 

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Source: http://fairfaxgop.org/





(Fairfax, VA) Special Election to Be Held August 29 to Fill Vacant School Board Seat

Fairfax County Circuit Court Chief Judge Bruce D. White has authorized a special election to fill the School Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Jeanette Hough, member-at-large, who resigned on May 31. The special election will be held on Tuesday, August 29, to fill the remainder of the term of office, which extends until January 1, 2020.





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About FCPS School Board Candidate Shaista Keating

From: https://patch.com/virginia/oakton/op-ed-fcps-has-a-credibility-problem

Op-Ed: FCPS Has a Credibility Problem

Michele Menapace, a parent advocate, questions some of the school board's budget decisions

By Nicole Trifone (Patch Staff) - Updated May 17, 2012 2:25 pm ET

...

"Is your credibility limit strained by learning about an FCPS contract awarded to a paid election campaign consultant?  In February, three days after posting the request for proposal, FCPS awarded a $35,000 contract to Arcasun, a newly-formed company owned and operated by Shaista Keating. (Ms. Keating was paid $10,000 to advise Jane Strauss’ election campaign last fall and also heads the group Fairfax Full Day Kindergarten. Fairfax FDK is an advocacy group that publicly supported school board candidates in favor of full-day kindergarten in all Fairfax County elementary schools.) Arcasun has no previous experience and its Fairfax County business license had not been issued when the contract was awarded. "

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Chris Grisafe Announces Run for

Fairfax County School Board At-Large Seat

 

Veteran & national security professional seeks to 

“protect excellence in FCPS”



FAIRFAX, VA, May 31, 2017 –


Chris Grisafe has announced he is running for the Fairfax County School Board at-Large position for the upcoming special election to be held this summer. The date of the special election, which has not yet been determined, will be set by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court in accordance with Virginia law.

 

The seat is currently held by Jeanette Hough, who was elected in 2015, and will be vacated as of May 31, 2017. Hough has announced she must leave the School Board position governing Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a result of her husband's service. The family is being transferred overseas.

 

A national security professional and veteran, Grisafe said he's running because "I want to protect the excellence in Fairfax County Public Schools." With a special election taking place in the summer, Grisafe will focus on reaching out to voters during a time when most Fairfax County residents are not thinking about returning to the voting booth.

 

"FCPS must continue to provide a high quality education that prepares all students for the modern workforce, higher education, and the pursuit of responsible citizenship,” added Grisafe, who also serves as a volunteer advisor and mentor to college students.

 

Having tragically lost his mother early in life, "I cannot overstate the importance and influence of the many teachers and mentors who have been consequential guide posts in my life," said Grisafe. "I know personally how important it is to empower and educate our students so they can lead successful and meaningful lives."

 

Among the nation’s largest school systems, Fairfax County Public Schools has been ground zero for social and academic experimentation. "A local school board's emphasis must be on the students," Grisafe added regarding his desire to run.

 

Talking from personal experience, he said he was greatly influenced by dedicated teachers and mentors to succeed in community college, serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, graduate from Loyola Marymount University and earn an MBA from Virginia Tech.

 

“It is imperative that we keep FCPS focused on its primary mission – to provide a high-quality education,” said Grisafe.  The current School Board’s May 25th vote to balance the budget for the next fiscal year by increasing class size is just one example of why “Fairfax County needs an at-Large School Board Member who will insist on evidence-based data in its decisions to benefit all of our students.”

 

Prioritizing rigor in the curriculum, workforce and college readiness means “the School Board must focus on good metrics, eliminating redundancy and encouraging efficiency,” said Grisafe "to enable FCPS to allocate our precious resources where they are needed most - for our teachers and our students in the classroom.”

 

Parents and community members have often been frustrated with by the School Board’s focus on issues other than student academic achievement. Fairfax County voters overwhelmingly rejected a Meals Tax Referendum last November which was advertised ostensibly to add the tax, in part at least, for education needs.

 

"I will approach policy matters with an open mind and seek to understand issues with compassion," said Grisafe. "Still, the focus must always be on the merits those issues and the data to support good decision-making."

 

Once the date of the special election is set by the court, Fairfax County residents will elect the new at-Large School Board Member to serve the balance of Hough’s term, which ends in November 2019. All registered voters in Fairfax County are able to vote for an at-Large candidate.



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For More Information, Contact: Chris Grisafe Campaign

E-mail: ChrisGrisafeForSchoolBoard@gmail.com

ChrisGrisafeForSchoolBoard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votechrisgrisafe/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VoteGrisafe











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