Sometimes, I hear people say that endorsements don’t matter, and that’s usually the case. But sometimes they really DO matter, such as when Leslie Byrne endorsed Jim Webb, giving the former Reagan Administration official the “liberal Democratic Good Houskeeping Seal of Approval,” as Leslie liked to say. Well, the endorsements outlined in the press release below, both for Janet Oleszek, by two well-known, well-respected, and stalwart Fairfax Republicans – one a close ally/former “ticketmate” of Tom Davis, the other a close ally of Tim Hugo (who even appears in this video for Hugo) – are classic cases of endorsements that matter.
In this case, the endorsements prove that Janet Oleszek isn’t just some wild-eyed liberal, as Republican operatives like to claim, but someone who’s certainly a strong progressive, but also who has appeal across the aisle, who can (and will!) work with anyone, and who is respected by everyone who knows her – Democrats, Independents, and stalwart Republicans alike. That’s why Janet Oleszek has a great chance of being elected the new Braddock District Supervisor on November 8. If you want to learn more or, even better, help out Janet, please click here. Thanks, and go Janet!
LEGENDARY BRADDOCK DISTRICT COACHES ENDORSE JANET OLESZEK
Today, Janet Oleszek’s campaign is proud to announce the endorsements of two legendary coaches in Braddock District, Red Jenkins and Tom Peterson. Both Jenkins and Peterson are prominent Republicans, but felt strongly enough about the election of Janet Oleszek that they are speaking out in support of her campaign.
“I’ve known Janet Oleszek in her role as an advocate for our youth for decades. The Board of Supervisors is in desperate need of someone with the kind of experience Janet brings to the table” Jenkins said. Jenkins, who was the Republican Party nominee for this very seat in 1991 as a ticketmate with Tom Davis also added that “Janet will always put our kids first on the Board of Supervisors”.
Peterson agreed with Jenkins. Petersen added that “I’ve personally seen the commitment Janet has had in our community for years. She’s always been there for the youth of Fairfax County, and I’m proud to stand up for her now”.
In response to these powerful endorsements, Oleszek said the following:
“There are few people in this community as well respected as Red Jenkins and Tom Peterson. I’m extremely grateful for their support, and will fight every day as Braddock District Supervisor to live up to the support I’ve received today”.
The two schools at which Peterson and Jenkins coached and taught at (Robinson and Woodson) are the two largest high schools for Braddock District students- representing over 65% of the Braddock District area and total student population.
Tom Peterson served as head baseball coach at Robinson Secondary School for 11 years and was a teacher in FCPS for over 20 years. He also served as Mayor of Clifton from 2006 until his retirement in 2010.
Red Jenkins served as head basketball coach at W.T. Woodson High School for 41 years, and the gymnasium at the school is named in his honor. He was also the nominee of the Republican Party for Braddock Supervisor in 1991- the last time Republicans seriously contested this seat before the election of current Supervisor John Cook. Red will be joining Janet at the 2nd Braddock District debate this weekend.