I was taken aback by the number of my Virginia Democratic friends who were posting how excited they were by the apparent, forth-coming announcement of Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and how he is the candidate we want to run against.
Well I say...HOLD YOUR HORSES.
We've poured tens of thousands of dollars (well Steve Shannon spent more than $3.5 million trying to beat him in 2009) in the past, exposing his craziness, yet he kept beating us and rising up through the ranks.
And with the current state of the Republican base (read: all f'ing crazy) - Ken and his extreme views will excite them like no other.
So as we gear up for 2012, we ALL need to keep an eye on 2013. We can't go into 2013 thinking we're going to win because we're going against Ken. We need to go into these elections with the determination to work harder and smarter and get back to pouring in the effort to we know it takes (think 2005-2008) to win - recruiting more committee members and volunteers to knocking on more doors and making more phone calls.
Combat Veteran and small business owner will fight for schools, jobs and transportation in Northern Virginia
Ashburn - Shawn Mitchell, a Democrat, local small business owner and community leader from Broadlands, announced his candidacy today for the Virginia State Senate in district 13.
"I'm running for the Senate because I believe in a strong community where citizens can make a difference and make their voices be heard," Mitchell said. "We have enough politicians in Richmond, it is time we sent one of our own. Running a small business is about making decisions that affect people's lives. I not only have my own family to feed, but that of all my employees. That's the kind of leadership experience I want to bring to Richmond."
As the President and Owner of a small business headquartered in Loudoun, Mitchell understands the challenges that residents and businesses face daily. He knows what it takes to make payroll, expand business, meet customers' expectations, create new jobs, offer quality service and brave Northern Virginia traffic in time to have dinner and spend time with his family.
"As your Senator, I will work to cut through the politics and special interests that are hindering progress in Richmond and solve the real problems facing our community.
"Great public schools are one of Prince William and Loudoun's greatest strengths, but I believe we can make them better. As your Senator I will continue to fight to ensure that every child in our community has access to a world-class public education that prepares them for the jobs of the future. In addition, Loudoun has a vibrant business community and we need to continue to grow it by offering incentives to small and medium-sized businesses that will create and maintain jobs here. We also need to provide practical solutions that will alleviate the transportation crisis that hinders our daily lives."
Mitchell is the President and Owner of Modern Mechanical, an HVAC, plumbing, generator and solar business located in Ashburn, in the 13th Senate district. Modern Mechanical has grown to 14 employees and more than a million and a half-dollars in revenue in under 2 years.
Committed to "service above self", in 1999, Shawn enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard and transferred from Emory & Henry College to Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he studied Computer Science and Psychology. In 2001, Shawn was deployed to Bosnia with the 29th Infantry Division, as an Army Engineer and managed numerous multi-national bridge projects as well as auditing the local Bosnian efforts to reduce post-war land mines. In 2004, Shawn was deployed to Iraq for 12 months with the 2ndInfantry Division. He was awarded the 2004 Engineer Soldier of the Year Award from the 276thEngineer Battalion, the Super Sapper Award and the Combat Action Badge. Shawn is also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars(VFW).
Mitchell is also a member of the local Rotary Club of Ashburn, The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. He supports many local non-profits including the Valor Foundation. Shawn volunteers as the Ashburn Rotary Liaison to the Broad Run High School Interact Club. He attends Mclean Bible Church Loudoun and serves as a welcome center volunteer.
To learn more about Shawn, the campaign, and the district visit our website at www.ShawnforSenator.com. . The 13th District stretches from the Maryland and West Virginia borders in Loudoun County to Gainesville and Bull Run in Prince William County.
Authorized by Shawn Mitchell for State Senate