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Manassas GOP Candidate Filing Update

By Greg L | 14 January 2012 | Manassas City | 13 Comments

The candidate filing deadline for the Manassas GOP convention has passed and there are five candidates for council and two for mayor.  Incumbents Johnathan Way, Sheryl Bass and Mark Wolfe have all filed, along with challengers Ian Lovejoy and Charles Patullo.  Both Andy Harrover and incumbent Hal Parrish have filed for mayor.

A couple of observations on these races:

- Although I initially thought Harrover had very little daylight in his run to replace Hal Parrish, it seems that this might be a close contest after all.  Hal Parrish’s campaign finance warchest isn’t quite as useful in a convention as it would be in a primary and Harrover is working hard signing up delegates for the convention.  Harrover could pull out a win here simply by out-working the opposition, but knocking off an incumbent is hard in Virginia, and even tougher in Manassas especially when a Parrish has been in city government since the city was founded.

- Turnout should be pretty high for this one with a contested top of the ticket, which isn’t necessarily a good thing for down-ballot challengers for someone like Ian Lovejoy.  His ace-in-the-hole here is that he lives in a part of the city that has been ignored by Republicans for so long he could tap into voters the rest of the field never knew existed.  Again, out-working the field is the key to victory.  Yes, that’s kind of obvious, but it’s stunning how many candidates fail to realize this.

- The incumbents that seem to be the most at risk are Sheryl Bass and Mark Wolfe, as expected.  If the All Saints crowd shows up in force upset over Wolfe’s failure to support restrictions on the abortion clinic in Manassas, Wolfe is really at risk.

- The new entrant in the council race Charles Patullo is a political newbie who isn’t known much outside of the OHS boosters crowd, but by all appearances seems like a nice fellow.  He’s likely to be battling to try to get to fourth place in a race that only the top three will win.

Delegate forms are due by January 20th.  You can get a form here.

UPDATE: 840 delegates have filed for the convention.  That’s a big jump from previous years.  Now it’s all about who shows up.

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  1. Allison said on 14 Jan 2012 at 6:50 am:
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    Both Harrover and Parrish are moderates. The Manassas City Council needs an infusion of fiscally conservative councilpersons to get the City back on the right track.

    There is only one real conservative on the Council and that is Aveni. Jon Way comes in second.

    Check their voting records and see who supports the endless, non-sensical spending in the City.

    If the City’s residents want to start digging themselves out of the hole they are in, support the fiscal conservatives Lovejoy and Carman (Independent) and Jon Way.

  2. Jerry Carman said on 14 Jan 2012 at 11:01 am:
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    I will have all of the signatures needed by the end of this month to ensure my name will be on the ballot in May. I’m running as as independent with strong social and fiscal conservative values. Marc Aveni needs other like minded council members to make sure our conservative voices are represented. I know there are some (as I have been told) that they have an issue that I will not have an “R” next to my name on the ballot. Please consider that the 3 seated incumbents that are set to expire have an “R” next to their name and per voting records could easily be a “D”. Please consider my sincere running for your vote.

  3. Doug Brown said on 14 Jan 2012 at 1:29 pm:
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    You offer a real alternative for conservatives. If Manassas can elect a liberal independent like Mr Randolph, I don’t see why you wouldn’t have just as good a chance, if not better, running as a conservative independent. You’re welcomed to post on my blog, similiar to what Ian did, to argue your case.


  4. ... said on 14 Jan 2012 at 3:17 pm:
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    “I know there are some (as I have been told) that they have an issue that I will not have an “R” next to my name on the ballot.”

    Nobody has an R next to their name for local elections.

  5. Jerry Carman said on 14 Jan 2012 at 3:53 pm:
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    That is accurate. Some voters are aware that the candidates of political parties appear first on the ballot. Independent (non-party) candidates appear in alphabetical order following the candidates of political parties.

  6. Turn Manassas Red said on 15 Jan 2012 at 4:35 pm:
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    Some - but by no means all - of these candidates are saying in emails and via other venues that anyone can come and vote at this convention, Republican, Democrat, and Independent. I thought this was a Republican Convention? That is being downplayed by two candidates in particular. I need to know if this is true and if not how will this be handled please.

  7. Greg L said on 15 Jan 2012 at 5:53 pm:
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    People who apply to be convention delegates usually pledge on the application for that they are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intend to support the Republican nominee. Interestingly, the delegate application form for this convention lacks that affidavit. The RPV Party Plan allows for participation in a convention to be contingent on a public statement to the same affect, and there’s the possibility such a public oath will be required.

    However there’s a longstanding tradition that declared independents (such as Steve Randolph) or even Democrats regularly attend these conventions in Manassas and are not challenged. Such a challenge could be made from the floor during consideration of the report of the credentials committee, but I haven’t seen that ever happen.

    Without voter registration by party, it’s practically impossible to reliably prevent independents and Democrats from injecting themselves into party business like this. If voters declared their party affiliation at voter registration, their loyalty would be a matter of record and it would be trivially easy for RPV (or a convention call specifically) to require that convention delegates were “registered” Republicans. They wouldn’t have to, but they could and I would imagine if given the opportunity, they would.

  8. Doug Brown said on 15 Jan 2012 at 8:17 pm:
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    It’s an honor system.

  9. Allison said on 16 Jan 2012 at 6:24 am:
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    Does anyone have a website link for Charles Patullo and his stance on the issues at hand in Manassas City?

    To clarify my earlier post, of the incumbents running for re-election, Jon Way is the most conservative of the three incumbents, but he definitely isn’t conservative - he is just the lesser of the “three evils.”

    Just like a vote for McCain was a vote for the lesser of the “two evils.” Not much of a choice to make, but it had to be done.

  10. Be a Delegate on January 28 said on 18 Jan 2012 at 9:52 pm:
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    Make a difference. Show up and vote at the Republican convention on January 28 in Manassas at Metz. The doors close at 9 am. Get there well before. Remember that delegate forms must be turned in by the 20th. That’s the day after tomorrow. No form, no vote. For you first timers, the form doesn’t tie you to a particular candidate, it merely entitles you to vote (and to make a difference).

    Races have been won and lost in Manassas by incredibly slim margins. On January 29 you don’t want to be sitting at home thinking “I shoulda voted.” Stand tall, be thankful to be an American and be sure to vote on the 28th.

  11. patryot said on 24 Jan 2012 at 9:31 am:
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    Don’t worry. We will all be there, including Democrats.

  12. patryot said on 24 Jan 2012 at 9:43 am:
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    Ian Lovejoy? Same old song and dance. How about some fresh ideas? To improve the quality of our community, first we have to improve our school system which is abysmal. Then we can attract new businesses and I don’t mean another store front on Center Street. I mean another bit tech company with low pollution, more taxes and less negative impact.

    When outside business go looking for new communities, they are going to avoid a place like Manassas like the plague if the government focused on divisive issues like immigration and abortion. Let’s try to look at the big picture instead of the endless negative carping.

    I won’t vote for anyone who is going negative. I don’t want to know what a candidate won’t do. And I don’t want a candidate who will only give us vague promises with vague goals. Not this time. I don’t see where Jonathan Way has done anything that could be considered “conservative”. The amount of money that was spent on the Civil War celebration last summer with almost no sustainable return on the investment is shameful, especially in light of the layoffs by the city and the status of our school system. The school superintendent needs to go.

    Be bold.

  13. Greg L said on 24 Jan 2012 at 11:52 am:
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    Nice to see “patryot”, the same radical leftist who threatened my family on this blog previously, announce his intent to participate in the Republican convention so he can prevent Ian Lovejoy from winning the nomination.

    Normally this miscreant’s comments would not become public, but in this case they’re so informative to what’s going on I’ve made an exception.

    If you side with irresponsible leftist trolls who like to threaten children because they disagree with their father on policy issues, join with “patryot” and do whatever you can to keep someone like Ian Lovejoy from getting on the Manassas City Council. If you are committed to the political defeat of this perfect example of the “Occupy Movement”, I urge you to suppport Ian.

    Here are some classic “patryot” quotes, at least the ones I feel comfortable showing here:

    “Jesus is just someone made up through oral history by a bunch of uneducated crazies.”

    “I love the [”Liberty Wall”] sign. I wish there was such a sign on every corner to remind you all that the solutions so far offered to deal with the illegal immigrants are actions that mask the intolerance of immigrants from Mexico and from other Spanish speaking countries south of our border.”

    “You are a bunch of Nazis. Hopefully, you will go the way of the rest of the skinheads.”

    “If the GOP is going to survive, the religious conservative social wing must go. They can have their own party.”

    “You guys must love the Palin Hitler rallies.”

    “I’m really surprised that you all don’t roam the streets with your automatic weapons looking to mow down anyone who doesn’t appear to fit your fancy.”

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