The 33rd in '07
Word is already flying around up here regarding who the Republican nominee will be in 2007 to run against just elected Democrat Mark Herring. Here are my top choices for the seat in order: 1)Randy Minchew-A proven Republican leader. He has helped to hold the party together in Loudoun, while also maintaining activity in the community. His sensible conservative record fits the 33rd perfectly. 2)Chris Craddock-Before you all go nuts on me hear me out. Congressman Davis always says that someone who is active in their community is the best type of candidate to run, and I find these to be great words of wisdom. For all of you who don't know Chris, he is is very very active in his community. He continues to mentor troubled teenagers through his church, and outside of church. He is involved at local high schools through a Christian organization called Young Life, and is still an assistant soccer coach at Chantilly High School. Even though our local media spun a lot against him, Chris' tenacity continues to impress me. He is absolutely loved by the base, and just needs to break out into the mainstream by remaining quiet for a few years. 3)Supervisor Steve Snow- Snow has an impressive resume including 25 years with the U.S. Army. He is keen on transportation, and is loved by his constituents. While his record on the BOS is not "far-right" he is tied in the minds of voters to the more "conservative" Republican group in NOVA. Any way you cut it, we are going to have an uphill battle to fight up here in the 33rd. As people begin positioning themselves now, lets remember that we need to all get behind a candidate who can WIN the election.