By Gregory Connolly
Tuesday is the U.S. midterm election, which will bring to an end the deluge of roadside signs and campaign commercials.
Five candidates are running for the U.S. Congress seat for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, encompassing most of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and part of Prince William County.
In 2008, Democrat Gerry Connolly defeated Republican opponent Keith Fimian in an election to fill the seat vacated by longtime Virginia Congressman Tom Davis (R-11th). Fimian is running against Connolly again in the 2010 election.
Connolly currently serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Budget Committee.
Fimian is chairman and founder of U.S. Inspect, LLC, a company that conducts residential, commercial and relocation property inspections throughout the U.S.
He is the president of the Youth Leadership Foundation, a District of Columbia group that helps inner-city youth with academics and character development.
Other candidates in the 11th Congressional District race include David William Gillis Jr., Christopher F. DeCarlo and David L. Dotson.
Gillis is a member of the Independent Greens of Virginia. The party calls for balanced budgets at the local, state and federal levels and paying off the federal debt.
Dotson is a libertarian who works for a small research firm in McLean. He has been a Libertarian for over 30 years, according to his campaign’s website.
DeCarlo is an Independent candidate, who has taken classes at George Mason University, and is the president of DeCarlo Enterprises Inc., a company that sells propane and other goods in Fairfax County.
In the 10th Congressional District, which includes much of the northern part of the state from McLean to Front Royal, incumbent Republican Frank R. Wolf is running against Democrat Jeff Barnett and Libertarian William Redpath.
Wolf is the longest-tenured Virginia congressman, having served since 1981. He is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and is the co-chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
Barnett, an author and former Air Force pilot, has worked in government consulting in McLean and wants to focus on job creation among other issues, according to his website.
Redpath is a Libertarian who calls for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to reforming the U.S. tax code, according to his website.
In the 8th Congressional District, which includes Arlington County, Alexandria and Falls Church, incumbent Democrat Jim Moran is up against Republican Patrick Murray and Independent Green member Ron Fisher.
Moran, the former mayor of Alexandria, has represented the 8th Congressional District since 1991. He is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.
Murray, a retired U.S. Army colonel, lives in Alexandria and wants to focus on economic recovery and debt reduction, according to his website.
Fisher, a retired Navy captain, has lived in Virginia for 34 years and has done consulting work for the Department of Defense. He is the president of Veterans Sales and Services Corporation, a small business that resells emergency equipment.