Voters Wanted: Party canvas on Saturday

Voters Wanted: Party canvas on Saturday

Republican candidates for Congressional 10th District seat offer a mix of experience.


Rob Wasinger Age: 42 Current position: Former Chief of Staff to Senator Sam Brownback and Congressman Kerry Bentivolio Education: Harvard University, Economics Town of Residence: Fairfax Station


Bob Marshall Age: 69 Current position: Delegate Education: Belmont Abbey College, History and Philosophy; California State University- Dominguez Hills, Humanities Town of Residence: Manassas Family: Married to Cathy Marshall, five children Key Affiliations: All Saints Catholic Church, Prince William Republican Committee, Knights of Columbus


Howard Lind Age: 56 Current position: Business Consultant at Howard R. Lind, LLC Education: Virginia Tech, Statistics; Naval Postgraduate School, Information Systems Town of Residence: McLean Family: Four daughters Key Affiliations: American Legion, Navy League, Association of the U.S. Army


Stephen Holllingshead Age: 44 Current position: Board of financial services firm Candor, LLC Education: University of Houston, Political Science; Marquette University, politics masters and doctorate Town of Residence: Leesburg Family: Married to Jan Hollingshead. Six daughters and seven sons.


Barbara Comstock Age: 54 Current position: Delegate Education: Middlebury College, Political Science; Georgetown University Law Center Town of Residence: McLean Family: Married to Chip Comstock. Three children. Key Affiliations: Board for Friends of Clemyjontri, Board for McLean Orchestra, Board for Childhelp, founded Arts House Caucus

After weeks of debates and campaigning, the Republican party will choose a candidate on Saturday to oppose John Foust (D) to succeed U.S Rep. Frank Wolf in the Va. 10th District Congressional race.

The party canvass will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two of the candidates, Barbara Comstock and Bob Marshall have held office previously as delegates.

According to, Comstock raised $761,354, Stephen Hollingshead raised $122,178, Howard Lind raised 140, 838, Marshall raised $55,240, Marc Savitt raised $13,764 and Rob Wasinger raised $82,742.

Although Marshall raised significantly less than Comstock, he felt confident he is the right candidate for the 10th district race.

“I have won 13 consecutive elections in Northern Virginia. Barbara Comstock won three. Obama won the state delegate district I represent by 11 percent. Barbara Comstock’s district split evenly between Obama and Romney. Groups from the left and the right have joined me to pass laws to protect our constitutional rights,” said Marshall in an email.

Comstock, who felt she had the upper hand because of her work with Congressman Wolf, said she is concerned about several national security issues.

“I’m very concerned about our current national defense policy which was weakened by President Obama,” she said.

Lind is the only candidate who has served in the military. He previously ran for U.S. Senate.

“The whole thing with my campaign is taking a stand, which is not just taking a stand against the Democratic party, but also taking a stand within our own party.”

Savitt said his candidacy provides innovative ideas and a fresh face.

“I am the only candidate in this race, who has never worked for the government or held elective office,” said Savitt in an email. “I consider this an advantage, as those with such prior employment, are the very same individuals who are directly responsible for the government’s loss of credibility with the American people. “

However, Hollingshead finds that his work with the government gave him strong ideas of what to change in the political sphere.

“I am uniquely qualified to change what is happening in Washington because I am a businessman who has created jobs and met payrolls; because I have actually reformed government as a member of the Bush Administration where I helped save $2 billion a year in welfare fraud; and because I am the only candidate who has actually taught the constitution," said Stephen Hollingshead in an email.

Wasinger said he represents the future of conservatism, something he does not think the other candidates do.

“There's an old saying that old generals are always fighting the last war,” said Wasinger in an email. “The pundits have anointed two frontrunners: an 11-term state representative intent on continuing the battles from 25 years ago and a career lobbyist coronated by the Washington elite because of her willingness to follow their lead. Neither will unite our party because they don't represent the future of conservatism.”

Registered voters in the following precincts vote at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • Hunter Mill Magisterial District: 240-Colvin

  • Dranesville Magisterial District: 301-Chain Bridge, 303-Churchill, 304-Cooper, 306-Great Falls, 309-Kenmore, 311-Langley, 314-Mclean, 321-Clearview, 322-Forestville, 323-Shouse, 327-Sugarland, 328-Hickory, 329-Seneca, and 331-Spring Hill

Registered voters in the following precincts vote at Centreville High School, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Hunter Mill Magisterial District: 229-Fox Mill

  • Springfield Magisterial District: 803-Clifton, 804-Colchester, 805-Fairfax Station, 815-Woodyard, 838-Sangster, 839-Silverbrook, 841-Popes Head, 845-Fountainhead, 847-Greenbriar West, 849-Newgate North, 850-South Run, and 854-Newgate South

  • Sully Magisterial District: 902-Brookfield, 903-Cub Run, 904-Stonecroft, 905-Franklin, 908-Kinross East, 909-Kinross West, 911-Navy, 913-Rocky Run, 914-Vale, 915-Virginia Run, 916-Waples Mill, 917-Stone North, 920-Chantilly, 921-Deer Park, 923-Bull Run, 925-Old Mill, 927-Lees Corner #1, 928-Poplar Tree, 929-Difficult Run, 930-Lees Corner #2, 931-Carson, and 932-Stone South