I want to thank all of my friends and supporters who were willing to give up a beautiful Saturday afternoon to help me kick off our campaign last weekend. We had a great turnout and I was happy we were able to introduce many folks to Fairfax City while helping out a great Fairfax City business at the same time. Harry and the folks at the Old Fire Station #3 were wonderful, and I owe them a big thank you for taking such good care of us. It was great to see Supervisor John Cook, Del. Jim LeMunyon, Clerk of the Court John Frey, Councilwoman Ellie Schmidt, Dave Foster of the Virginia Board of Education, as well as School Board candidate Elizabeth Schultz, and State Senate candidate Steve Hunt. I also have to give special thanks to Councilman Steve Stombres for introducing me.
Our campaign is moving forward steadily. I’ve been knocking on doors and meeting voters throughout the 37th District for weeks now. And while I’ve been out knocking doors, the consistent refrain I’ve heard from voters is that they want effective leadership in Richmond. They want elected officials who understand the priorities of the community and are willing to work hard and focus on those priorities. They want elected officials who “get it” and understand the issues they face every day. As I said to my supporters on Saturday, I get it. I want the voters in the 37th to know that I hear them and I will do everything in my power to help get Fairfax moving in the right direction.
It’s easy to get swept up in the campaign details, arguing over fundraising totals, targeting lists, precinct walk sheets, bumper stickers and yard signs. It’s easy to get wrapped up in opposition research, networking and messaging. Throw in all the rest of the things that work and school can throw at you and it’s very easy to lose track of time and what really matters.
Today is my 2 year wedding anniversary. It’s been two years since I stood before my friends and family at St. John’s Church Lafayette Square and said “I do.” KayAnn and I have come a long way in those two years – we settled down, I graduated law school, I’m running for office now and – most importantly – we were blessed with a healthy baby boy, Nicholas. I am thankful for all the blessings that God has bestowed on me and my family, and I am especially thankful for the love and support of my wife. I couldn’t do any of this without her.
I know that this is going to be a long, hard campaign, and I can’t win this race alone. As I always tell myself, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I know it’s going to be hard, but we’re going to win this race, and I want to thank all of you readers out there for all of your support. If you’d like to volunteer or donate to the campaign (both of which I would accept readily!) please visit the campaign website at brianfordelegate.com.