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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Voters' guide to the primaries

Primary elections on Tuesday, June 12, will determine a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, a Republican House of Representatives candidate for the 11th district, and a Democratic candidate for the 8th congressional district.

Republican primary-Senate

Voters in the Republican primary will have a chance to choose one of these four Senate candidates to fill the seat of Sen.Jim Webb (D), who is not running for re-election:
  • Jamie L. Radke – a Tidewater-based political consultant who has served as president of the Richmond Tea Party and chairwoman of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots.
  • George F. Allen – served as governor of Virginia, 1994-98, and was elected to the Senate in 2000, but lost his re-election bid, to Webb in 2006, following publicity over his use of a racial epithet.
  • R. G. “Bob” Marshall – a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Prince William County (the 13th District), since 1991.
  • E. W. Jackson – an African American minister in Chesapeake, Va., with ties to the Tea Party.
The winner of the Republican primary will face Democratic candidate for Senate, Tim Kaine, in November. Kaine was governor of Virginia in 2006-10.

Republican primary-Congress

The following candidates for the 11th congressional district will be on the Republican primary ballot. The winner will face the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Gerry Connolly, in November:
  • Chris S.Perkins – a retired Army colonel and Green Beret who now works as a defense consultant.
  • Ken L. Vaughn – a traffic engineer at the Trevilon Corp.  
In addition, Mark Gibson is hoping to run against Connolly as an independent if he can get enough signatures by June 12 to get on the November ballot.

Democratic primary-Congress

In the 8th congressional district, citizens will have a chance to vote for the incumbent, Rep. Jim Moran, or his challenger, Bruce Shuttleworth, a former Navy pilot and management consultant.

Voting info

Registered voters can vote in their regular polling places on June 12, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. To determine where to vote, visit the “where do I vote?” page on the Virginia Board of Elections website.

Voters in the 8th congressional district can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries, but not both.

You can vote absentee in person only at the Fairfax County Government Center, 1200 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

The deadline for absentee voting in person is Saturday, June 9, 5 p.m.

Fairfax County is encouraging people who want to vote absentee in person on a Saturday to do so on June 2, because there is likely to be a lot of traffic congestion around the Government Center on June 9 due to the annual Celebrate Fairfax! festival taking place there.

The last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Tuesday, June 5, 5 p.m. Absentee ballots must be returned by Tuesday, June 12. For more information, see the absentee voting section of the Fairfax County Office of Elections website.

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