Thursday, January 26, 2006

New Feature on Too Conservative - UPDATED

Check out our new Commonwealth Campaign Central feature here on Too Conservative. We've got your one-stop resource for information on Virginia's elected officials, candidates for office (declared and potential), plus links to political parties and news sources. So far, we have federal and Virginia statewide constitutional offices up, but are expanding this to include the House of Delegates, State Senate and eventually county offices. We're aiming this to be the most comprehensive place to go for Virginia's political junkies. Stop by and let us know what you think. UPDATED: We now have the Fairfax and Prince William BOCS up and running. I expect that we'll have the House of Delegates and State Senate working with hyperlinks within a few days and matching the rest of the format. We'll be posting an e-mail address shortly for people to send in updates for this.

10 Comments:

At 1/26/2006 03:19:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

Looks good.

By the way there's apparently another candidate for US Senate. I've this guy's sign in two locations in Stafford. I keep forgetting to jot the name down and do some looking around to see what the deal is. There's one sign at the Leeland Station VRE station and another in a the yard on this very back road in Stafford County (a yard that had a sign for a liberal BOCS member who lost re-election bid this year). I think the last name is Ennis (first name is not Dell). Blue and white sign.

Allen, better watch out this guy or Gail Parker might take him out!

 
At 1/26/2006 09:23:00 PM, Blogger AWCheney said...

Nice...good job!

 
At 1/27/2006 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to include possible candidates for the BOCS races?

 
At 1/27/2006 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

We'll include possible candidates for every seat that we list. It will just take some time to get everything up and running. Feel free to let us know anyone we may be missing for any seat.

 
At 1/27/2006 10:00:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Great stuff Riley

 
At 1/27/2006 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice but can you put some sort of index at the top that links to section you want?

 
At 1/27/2006 11:36:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

We're going to work on that. We might break this up into separate Federal, State and Local pages if this gets too big.

 
At 1/27/2006 07:03:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

Jim,

It looks like the info for the federal and statewide races has been lifted directly from the Politics1.com website, down to the use of italics. I have used the Politics1.com (which has a similar page for all 50 states in the union) for reference for years. It's a very useful site, but frequently includes long-shot rumors of candidates who end up never running.

Also, for incumbents, the links on Politics1.com frequently take you to that person's previous campaign website.

Jim, as for your own site, which clearly seems to be focused on Northern Virginia, you should be aware of all the following up this May.

Alexandria Mayor, City Council, and School Board

Falls Church City Council (4 of seven seats) and School Board (4 of 7 seats)

City of Fairfax City Mayor and School Board

Manassas City Council (3 of 6 seats) and School Board (3 of 7 seats)

Manassas Park Governing Body (3 of 6 seats; they don't call it a City Council, but a Governing Body instead -- I have no idea why)

Fairfax County towns:
Clifton Mayor and Town Council
Herndon Mayor and Town Council
Vienna Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)

Loudoun County Towns:
Hamilton Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)
Hillsboro Mayor and Town Council
Leesburg Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)
Lovettsville Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)
Middleburg Mayor and Town Council (4 of 7 seats)
Purcellville Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)
Round Hill Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)

Prince William County Towns:
Dumfries Mayor and Town Council (3 of 6 seats)
Haymarket Mayor and Town Council
Occoquan Mayor and Town Council
Quantico Mayor and Town Council

In addition, Arlington County, every Fall, elects at least one Arlington County Board Member (NOT a Supervisor, just a County Board Member -- Arlington is the only county in Virginia that does NOT elect a Board of Supervisors) and at least one School Board Member. So in 2006, Arlington will elect one of each in November.

At the moment, I know the Mayor of Alexandria (William Euille-D) and 5 of the 6 incumbent City Councilmen (Del Pepper, Paul Smedberg, Andrew Macdonald, Ludwig Gaines, and K. Rob Krupicka, all Democrats), are all seeking re-election. In addition, the other Democrat candidates for City Council are Lillian White, Jesse Jennings,H. Scott Johnson, and Tim Lovain. The nominations will be settled on Saturday, February 4. The Republican candidates I know of so far -- no one for Mayor, School Board Member Ken Foran for City Council, and Townsend "Van" Van Fleet, Pat Troy, and Bernie Schulz, all for City Council. I know Sanford Horn is running as a Republican for School Board in District A.

 
At 1/27/2006 07:14:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

Jim,

Also, since you want to include all 2007 races, you should be aware of the following in 2007 in Northern Virginia:

Arlington County:
2 County Board Members
1 School Board Member
Sheriff
Commonwealth's Attorney (shared with City of Falls Church)
Clerk of the Circuit Court (shared with City of Falls Church)
Commissioner of Revenue
Treasurer

Fairfax County:
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
Board of Supervisors
School Board
Soil and Water Conservation District Directors
Sheriff (shared with City of Fairfax)
Commonwealth's Attorney (shared with City of Fairfax)
Clerk of the Circuit Court (shared with City of Fairfax)

Loudoun County:
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
Board of Supervisors
School Board
Soil and Water Conservation District Directors
Sheriff
Commonwealth's Attorney
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Commissioner of Revenue
Treasurer

Prince William County:
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
Board of Supervisors
School Board
Soil and Water Conservation District Directors
Sheriff (shared with Manassas and Manassas Park)
Commonwealth's Attorney (shared with Manassas and Manassas Park)
Clerk of the Circuit Court (shared with Manassas and Manassas Park)

 
At 1/27/2006 10:25:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Thanks, David. As I mentioned, we are expanding and will get to many of those races as we get the chance. At this point, I don't think we'll be getting down to the town level. If anything, aside from county elections, we'd do a major city such as Alexandria.

Yes, Politics1.com was an inspiration for this feature. (I've linked to the site on occasion here on TC.) In fact, I have e-mailed them from time to time to give them updated information for Virginia. However, as you can see, there are some candidates on here that are not on there yet, such as Thelma Drake's GOP primary challenger. We've also endeavored to get the most up to date campaign web sites for incumbents. Sometimes, sadly, elected officials only think they need a political web site every election cycle and leave dated ones up. As far as the use of italics, bolding doesn't show up very well with the hyperlinks, so we're pretty much stuck using that to differentiate. While Politics1 is an inspiration, it is more of a launching point for this project which does drill much deeper than they can for any single state.

 

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