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I first heard of Vincent F. (Vince) Callahan, Jr. in 1965 when he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Virginia. It was his first run for political office, and while it may seem that he aimed high to start in those days it was easy to get the Republican nomination since the Republicans always lost.

‘A Personal Touch’

Barbara Comstock rallies veterans at Fairfax County Republican Committee Breakfast.

Barbara Comstock, the Republican candidate in the hotly-contested 10th district Congressional race, was on a tight schedule. After speaking before a crowd of military veterans on Saturday morning, her campaign staff was nudging her out the door, reminding the candidate that the breakfast was the first of several campaign events on her calendar that day.

City Approves Money for Charrette

Focus will be on Fairfax’s downtown development.

It’s full speed ahead for a planning workshop, or charrette, the City of Fairfax will hold in November. It’ll do so along with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the focus will be on the downtown area. It’s a hands-on, design-oriented event and will involve both professionals and residents.

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Neighbors Celebrate Completion of Sidewalk on Dead Run Drive

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, neighborhood residents, and staff from Fairfax County Departments of Transportation and Capital Facilities met on Dead Run Drive in McLean on Sept. 16 to celebrate the recent completion of a long-awaited pedestrian walkway.

Voting Early

Virtually every voter in Virginia is eligible to vote absentee, which includes voting in-person absentee at a variety of locations between Sept. 19 and Nov. 1.

Voting Early, Absentee

Elections 2014

Virtually every voter in Virginia is eligible to vote absentee, which includes voting in-person absentee at a variety of locations from now through Nov. 1.

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Streetcar Proposal Ignites Debate

County Board seat debate centers on mass transit.

Arlington County Board candidates John Vihstadt (Independent) and Alan Howze (Democrat) have similar stances on many of the city’s issues.

New Voter Identification Requirements

There are new requirements for voter identification that voters must bring with them to the polling place.

Group Hands Candidate A Sweet Surprise

Democratic Women of Clifton and NoVa host fundraiser for Foust.

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) hosted a fundraiser for John Foust, the Democratic Candidate for the Virginia 10th Congressional District, on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Former Delegate Vince Callahan Dies at 82

Represented McLean, Great Falls in House of Delegates for 40 years.

Former delegate Vincent Callahan Jr., who spent 40 years representing McLean, Great Falls and Tysons Corner in Virginia House of Delegates, died on Sept. 20.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 50+ Community Action Plan

Vote is “the beginning, not the end” for Herrity.

Supervisor Pat Herrity’s so-called “Silver Tsunami” population in Fairfax County isn’t getting any younger. The data haven’t changed: the amount of people over 50 should increase by 40 percent between 2005 and 2030, and those 70 and older should shoot up 80 percent in the same period.

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Supervisors Break Ground on New Public Safety Headquarters

The Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments are getting a new home. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor John Cook broke ground on what will be a $142 million, eight-story headquarters.

Council Notebook

Should Prince Street and Cameron Street have bike lanes? That's a question that city officials will be asking city residents starting Sept. 30. That's the date of the first community meeting on a proposal that would add bike lanes to the two major Old Town corridors, one eastbound and the other westbound.

Bridging Political Divide

Democrats hope Foust’s reputation as a “bridge-builder” connects with voters.

Straightening his tie, John Foust is preparing for yet another “meet-and-greet” event at the Clifton home of Democratic supporters Terry Matlaga and Kevin Bell.

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Springfield Resident Visits Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jennifer Basik of Springfield met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of the Direct Selling Association’s second annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill.