Monday, October 31, 2011

One More for Shawn Mitchell

A friend who lives in the southern part of Town has decided to support Shawn Mitchell in this year's election for state Senate there. She wrote a letter to the editor of the papers explaining her support, but they have declined to publish it. I've taken the liberty of doing so below, for everyone's consideration.
On November 8, I will be voting for Democrat Shawn Mitchell to represent me in the State Senate and I urge all residents of the 13th Senate District to join me. Mr. Mitchell is a Loudoun small businessman who is focused on jobs and the economy. He has been endorsed by organizations as varied as firefighters and realtors and has the support of Senator Mark Warner.

In contrast, Mr. Mitchell's opponent, Dick Black spent his years in the General Assembly promoting divisive and extreme social issues. He attracted negative attention when he passed out plastic fetuses to his fellow legislators to demonstrate his uncompromising opposition to a woman’s right to choose in all instances, even when the woman has been raped or is a victim of incest. He even voted to inhibit women’s access to birth control.

Education is another issue important to me and my neighbors. Dick Black opposed decreasing class sizes in public schools and voted to cut more than $250 million from Virginia’s colleges and universities. Mr. Mitchell, however, strongly supports investing in our schools, at all levels. He has pledged to fight for lower class sizes and is committed to retaining the best teachers to ensure that Loudoun's students are prepared for the jobs of the future.

Every vote this year will be very important. You can make a difference by joining with me to vote for Shawn Mitchell. The 13th Senate District needs Mr. Mitchell's vision for jobs and the economy.

Patti Maslinoff
Leesburg, VA
I, too, consider schools to be a critical issue this year, and that is among the reasons I also strongly support Shawn's election.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Real Moral Majority

An Interlude: Mom!

Go mom! (Who is among the singers.)

New Jersey: We're everywhere.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Joy Maloney for School Board

For those of you who live in Broad Run District, you might have heard about the domestic violence arrest of the sole candidate officially on the ballot for School Board. Needless to say, someone arrested for domestic violence should not be eligible to run for school board.

Thankfully, an amazing, long-time community member and parent has stepped up to offer her services to her neighbors in Broad Run: Joy Maloney.

Joy is a friend. We've worked together on Democratic campaigns, and talked about Loudoun schools. But more importantly than that, she's a mom and a neighbor. She is completely focused on her family much to her (and their) credit. But her commitment to her community is undeniable, which is why when no one else would, Joy stepped-up.

So, if you see "Kevin Kuesters" on your ballot on November 8th, be sure to go down to the write-in line, fill in the circle there, and write in "Joy Maloney" (as illustrated above).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jennifer Wexton Gets Key Endorsement

The most highly regarded organization in support of female candidates in the Commonwealth, the Farm Team, has enthusiastically endorsed our own Jennifer Wexton for Commonwealth's Attorney!
James E. Plowman has been the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County since 2004, and he is up for reelection on November 8. As a two-term incumbent, Plowman has an extensive record to evaluate when considering his re-election bid. This record reveals a pattern of poor judgment and abuse of office that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Plowman has been rebuked repeatedly by the courts for his actions. He also has unduly politicized the office. When all the FACTS been reviewed, you will agree that Plowman’s performance is not what we expect of our chief prosecutor, and he should NOT be re-elected on November 8.
(What follows is a long summary of the myriad conflicts and missteps by Jim Plowman during his term in office, they're well worth reading!)
This overt politicization of his Office is wrong and contrary to law. It also has led to a Judicial rebuke, and a bill to Loudoun taxpayers for almost $40,000 for Plowman’s legal defense of his errors.

On November 8, let the FACTS speak for themselves. Elect Jennifer Wexton Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County! For more information and to volunteer for Ms. Wexton’s campaign, go to
Of course, we here in Leesburg have known about Jennifer's amazing contributions to the legal, and Leesburg community for years. From her service as a prosecutor and substitute judge to her stewardship of the Loudoun Bar Association, Jennifer has gained the support and respect of the entire Loudoun community. And on November 8th we will ratify that support by electing her our next Commonwealth's Attorney!

[Update] For more details of Jim Plowman's disgraceful record, check out