Fredericksburg Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the Fredericksburg area.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Fredericksburg Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President Barack Obama: The president will try to repeat his 2008 victory in the Old Dominion. Though it's an uphill climb, Obama is leading his likely GOP opponent Mitt Romney in the money chase.
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: Former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney appeared in Reston in February to campaign and speak on the country’s struggling economy. In March, Romney won the Virginia primary against Ron Paul.
George Allen: Former Gov. George Allen is fresh off Tuesday’s GOP Primary victory, in which he beat out E.W. Jackson, Del. R.G. “Bob” Marshall and Jamie Radtke for the nomination with 66 percent of the vote. And it looks like Allen will have help in his corner; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio stopped by Arlington Thursday to publically endorse Allen, telling Virginians that Allen’s vote in the Senate could be a deciding factor in passing tax reforms and more. During a visit to AOL’s Dulles campus in May, Allen said he was in favor of offshore drilling and expanding Dulles Metrorail into Loudoun County.
Tim Kaine: Former Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will have a close race with his fellow former governor and opponent George Allen. Both candidates are well-funded and close in the polls. Kaine has told Patch he believes cancelling George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the rich is one of many steps toward removing the “red ink” in Washington. Kaine has noted that helpful budget surpluses vanished while Allen was in the Senate from 2001 to 2007.
One issue that is sure to come up with Kaine and Allen is President Obama's health care plan and how it impacts small businesses. Allen has said he would repeal the plan and Kaine supports the health care changes.
1st Congressional District
Rob Wittman: Wittman was first elected in December 2007 and then again in November 2010. He is a former Montross Town Council member and Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors chairman. In 2005, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 99th District before he became a U.S. representative in 2007. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee of Natural Resources. Wittman said at his kick-off events that members of Congress are working together better but there are a lot of things left to be done, including reducing the debt/deficit. He also supports tax reform.
Adam Cook: The former general counsel of a start-up aerospace company joined the Air Force JAG Corps and spent six years on active duty as a military prosecutor and defense counsel. He eventually transferred from to the Air Force Reserve while accepting a position in the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel. In 2011, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan where he served as the Officer in Charge of Investigations and Chief Legal Advisor at the detention facility in Parwan. Cook, a reservist who is making his first run for elected office, said he is challenging Wittman because he thinks he is part of the problem in Congress because of his "extreme" record. Cook said he wants to focus on stregthening the middle class. He says creating jobs and modernizing the state's transportation system are other top issues.