We wanted to take a moment to thank our Republican candidates, their families, our fellow organizations (County Committees, RWs, YRs and CRs) and all the dedicated volunteers across Northern Virginia that supported the campaigns. You put your personal lives on hold in an effort to make Virginia a better place to live, and we appreciate it.
We also thank those who supported SUVGOP with your time, your generous donations and your moral support over the course of this election cycle. Tuesday night’s results were unquestionably disappointing. Northern Virginia lost some great public servants such as Tim Hugo, Tom Wilson, Elizabeth Schultz, Suzanne Volpe, Ruth Anderson, Glen Hill and Willie Deutsch. We’ll miss their dedicated and experienced leadership and their support of common-sense conservative solutions.
Despite the losses, there are bright spots. We all pulled together in support of an exceptional crop of first-time candidates who showcased the diversity and talent in our Republican ranks. An outstanding twenty-five women ran under the Republican banner, and Yesli Vega handily won, becoming the first Latina on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors.
Congratulations to Pat Herrity, who we know will continue to stand for fiscally responsible government on the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. We also congratulate other NoVA winners: Roger Zurn, Dave LaRock, Bob Wertz, Caleb Kershner, Tony Buffington, Jeanine Lawson, Matt LeTourneau and Marina Schumacher.
*To our first-time candidates, we sincerely hope you stay involved and will consider running for office again. The knowledge and experience you gained are extremely valuable and we look forward to an opportunity to discuss areas you feel require additional focus.
A special thanks to the supporters and candidates who made it possible for us to run a full-fledged new media campaign, complete with podcasts, 60-second podcast highlight videos, issue videos and more. We plan to share our experience with local GOP units and any interested future candidates.
Your donations also helped us as we assumed leadership of the Northern Virginia Republican Business Forum (NVRBF or “the Forum”). We’ve implemented new programs for Young Professionals and held events with former Governor Bob McDonnell, Congressman Will Hurd and Christine Toretti, a business leader supporting GOP women candidates across the country.
Please consider becoming a member of NVRBF and join us on November 16th for a Breakfast Forum with George Mason University Dean Mark Rozell. Dean Rozell, a scholar in Virginia and Southern politics, will review and discuss this year’s election results.
As this election clearly indicated, we have work ahead to rebuild and reposition the GOP for success in the suburbs. As in 2017 and 2018, the electoral environment proved to be most challenging in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, Richmond and Tidewater.
We purposely established SUVGOP to explore ways to strengthen our Party in the suburbs, and our mission continues. We plan another deep dive into the data and observations we collected this year and to find lessons we can apply to future elections.
Again, thank you for everything you do for the Republican Party and all the support you’ve provided to SUVGOP over the last two years.
With warm regards,
The SUVGOP Steering Committee
2019 Republican Candidates