Prince William County Candidates Forum at Congregation Ner Shalom

For Immediate Release

Prince William County Candidates Forum at

Congregation Ner Shalom



Congregation Ner Shalom, 14010 Spriggs Rd., Dale City, Virginia 22193

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Candidates from three Prince William County elections­­Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Chairman of the School Board, and Commonwealth Attorney­ ­will answer questions submitted by the community. Freelance journalist and author Hank Silverberg will moderate, and Congressman Rob Wittman and Delegate Luke Torian will be special guests. A meet­ and ­greet with refreshments will be followed by a formal question­answer forum. Questions will be submitted by the community. Please submit questions for consideration no later than one day prior to the event to . A bipartisan panel will choose the questions for the Candidates from those submitted.

Reservations: The Forum is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but space is limited. RSVP for this FREE event on Eventbrite here.

Purpose: Thirty­-five local elections will take place across the county on November 3, 2015, and your informed vote matters. This will be one of only a small handful of opportunities to hear these local candidates state their positions on important issues. The community at large will have the opportunity to meet and learn about candidates seeking the highest offices in Prince William County. As office holders, these officials will help form the legislation that will determine local taxes and property values, transportation and infrastructure, classroom size and budgeting, modernization of court infrastructure, priority of caseload in the local court system, and many other local quality of life issues concerning Prince William County. The Board of Elections also will be presenting the new changes to the voting process, as the County has all new voting machines.

Participants (Candidates) Involved: Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors: ­Corey Stewart and Rick Smith; Chairman of the School Board­: Tim Singstock, Ryan Sawyers, and Tracy Conroy; and Commonwealth Attorney­ Paul Ebert and Mike May.

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Contact Dara Fox, or 504­261­9592

Scott Plays Charades at Occoquan Town Hall

… But perhaps everyone was in on the game. There were maybe a handful of constituents present at the event who weren’t either related to or affiliated with Scott Surovell and his campaign. I’ll let his opening statements say it all:

A constituent asked about the debates and when there was going to be a real debate between Scott Surovell and Jerry Foreman. Surovell’s answer that there was only one debate scheduled was completely squashed by Bill Card and Shannon Duffy so Surovell appeared again to be ill-informed at best; a liar at worst. At least he admitted the purpose of the gathering: “now having said that, I’m gonna talk about myself. I’m gonna talk about myself and what I’d – what I’d like to do.” Yes, Surovell paid $200 to reserve Occoquan Town Hall to talk about himself. There never was going to be a debate and he knew this full well. This was nothing more than a stunt to puff himself up and attempt to tear Jerry Foreman down:

Mt. Vernon Voice article, August 25

Foreman Response to Surovell, August 12

Jerry Foreman’s August 26 letter

Potomac Local: No debate between Foreman, Surovell

Many of the topics broached were the usual fare for Surovell but I was particularly disgusted with him for using the WDBJ shooting to make political commentary on gun control. Mr. Surovell, couldn’t you at least respect the families enough to let them grieve before you go screaming for magazine clip limits and more restrictions? His joke about loaded shotguns in D.C. traffic was in poor taste. Ken Cuccinelli’s response to the brazen early morning killing on Facebook was classy and provides a fine example of how to conduct oneself in the midst of tragedy:

“In light of the horrific tragedy involving Roanoke-based reporter Alison Parker, cameraman Adam Ward, and interviewee Vicki Gardner, I extend my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. My thoughts and prayers will be with them during the difficult days ahead. May the memories of the lives lost in this senseless act of violence be forever remembered.”

I’d also like to know why Scott is so against photo ID requirement for voting, calling it a “poll tax” and an “undue burden.” He said that voter fraud in Virginia is “0%.” I beg to differ, Mr. Surovell. These articles from the Washington Post and point to the multiple instances that prompted referral to law enforcement — 17 of them were in Fairfax! You’d think Scott Surovell would take care to fact-check his rhetoric before he addresses the public. Riddle me this: Scott said he advocates for stripping photo ID requirements because voting is a Constitutional right (true) and he claimed that the law marginalizes the elderly, economically disadvantaged, and minorities. If he wants to do away with photo ID for voting in Virginia, why not remove the requirements for these:

1. Purchase alcohol
2. Open a bank account
3. Apply for food stamps
4. Apply for Medicaid
5. Apply for a job
6. Apply for unemployment
7. Rent or buy a house
8. Rent, Buy, or Drive a vehicle
9. Rent a hotel room
10. Get married
11. Purchase a firearm (Constitutional right)
12. Hold a protest (also a Constitutional right)
13. Donate blood
14. Get on an airplane

Oh right, because that would be irresponsible. Silly Surovell! The state legislature allocated $200,000 per year from fiscal year 2015 to 2017 for providing voters with a free photo ID if they do not already possess an acceptable form of identification.

My favorite part is when I decided to join in the question party and confronted Scott with a question that meant a lot to me as a Prince William County resident: I asked him to explain why he and his fellow Democrat candidates left Ginn Park a mess after the fish fry party last Saturday (see the mess here). Mr. Surovell went to Ginn Park in Dumfries for a political event with Dumfries Vice-Mayor William Toney, Councilman Derrick Wood, and Councilwoman Helen Reynolds in support of Andrea Bailey’s campaign for Potomac Supervisor. In the aftermath, there were chip bags, water bottles, and campaign literature all over the place and full trash bags left on a picnic table. There was more behind the basketball court (bags full of beer bottles). That is disgusting and completely disrespectful toward the town, the people who maintain the park grounds, and to the people who actually live here and use the park! He completely threw Andrea Bailey and fellow Dems under the bus, too, but shifting the blame is something that seems to be typical in the Surovell playbook (watch here). What’s more is that he served as executive editor of the Virginia Journal of Environmental Law and has received awards and endorsements from the Sierra Club and Virginia League of Conservation Voters. A litterbug conservationist? That’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever seen one. I contacted Bailey’s campaign and they said they took the high road and paid the fine levied by the Town of Dumfries for the litter.

That face you make when you know you’re busted.

This is the kind of feckless behavior that you can expect from Scott Surovell if he is elected to state senate. This immaturity and deception is not becoming of a grown man and definitely not of a man wishing to represent us in Richmond.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC Endorses Jerry Foreman

Congratulations to Jerry Foreman on his glowing endorsement from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC!

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC endorses Mayor Jerry Foreman for Senate Seat! (Released 22 Aug 2015) Press Release from Campaign Office

Mayor Gerald “Jerry” Foreman this week received the endorsement of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, the organization’s political action committee, in the race for the 36th District seat in the Virginia Senate.

Jerry Foreman’s comments: “This endorsement is received with honor and I am very proud to have earned the support of more than 128,000 members in 88 counties that are represented by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC. As Senator, I will work hard to protect Virginia’s farmers and farming families, and ensure the agricultural industry remains a key sector in our commonwealth’s economy.”

Mayor Jerry Foreman is among 28 candidates that VFBF AgPAC has endorsed for Senate seats. Endorsements were made based on the recommendations of local committees of farmers.

“Each of these candidates has demonstrated his clear understanding of the needs of agriculture and forestry or has a favorable voting record in support of agriculture and Farm Bureau issues,” said Wayne F. Pryor, chairman of VFBF AgPAC and VFBF president. “We look forward to working with them in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly.”

The non-partisan VFBF AgPAC was created by the Farm Bureau in 1999 and employs in-kind contributions and endorsement to support candidates who can best support agriculture and Farm Bureau issues. A full list of candidates endorsed by the committee can be viewed online at

Surovell Campaign’s Bully Tactics

Scott Surovell is running scared. After the recent shock poll from Harper Polling, he hired known Internet troll Ben Tribbett for his campaign team. Tribbett has quite a reputation and I’m actually very confused as to why Delegate Surovell would align himself with someone of his low caliber. He was hired by the Washington Redskins to defend them against the onslaught of protests against the team’s nickname. He resigned after some distasteful tweets of his (which are still live today) on his Twitter account (@notlarrysabato) reared their ugly heads:

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Exclusive: Virginia Senate District 36 Candidate Jerry Foreman Criticizes Scott Surovell’s “Strikeforce”

Dumfries Mayor Foreman didn’t pull any punches on Surovell’s ridiculous “strike force” shtick. Scott Surovell has been a delegate since January 2010 but there hasn’t been much improvement along the Rt. 1 corridor — suddenly he becomes the champion of Route 1? Something I learned from Delegate Scott Lingamfelter is that we don’t need champions, we need leaders. Indeed, we need doers not people who make fluffy pseudo-campaigns. Sorry, Scott, but this is just shameful.

See what Jerry Foreman had to say about Surovell’s “Route 1 Strike Force”:

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Foreman vs. Surovell: VA-36 Race is Heating Up

We are officially 98 days away from Election Day so the campaigns are chugging full steam ahead into November. Virginia’s 36th senate district is heating up and while Scott Surovell is on vacation, Jerry Foreman is working hard and gaining momentum.

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