Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Narrowly passed surprise legislation would shift Marsden's 37th District, mainly into Prince William County.
The surprise legislation proposed and passed Monday by Virginia's Senate — which would redraw some of state senate district lines in favor of Republicans — is "a sad day for the Commonwealth," State Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37th) said Tuesday morning. Virginia's Senate Republicans tacked on the redistricting proposal as an amendment to a larger bill, saying the move would help better represent African Americans in some of the state's districts. But opponents of the measure — introduced by Sen. John Watkins (R-10th), who represents a district west of Richmond — say it was an "underhanded" way to give Republicans a senate majority: The state Senate is currently split between Democrats and Republicans; some say the end result would leave …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Some politicians, activist groups decry Monday proposal that could redistrict five Democratic senate districts.
Virginia’s State Senate narrowly passed a bill Monday night that could change the map of senate and house districts across the state. The Senate bill, which squeezed through with a 20-19 vote, shifts the districts of five senate Democrats—three representing Northern Virginia—toward more Republican-voting areas. (See a map of the proposed redistricting in the media box to the right.) Under the proposal, the districts of Burke representatives Dave Marsden (D-37th) and George Barker (D-39th) would change, along with John Edwards (D-21st), Chuck Colgan (D-29th) and John Miller (D-1st). Virginia’s legislature last redistricted House and Senate districts in 2011. Republican Sen. John Watkins (R-10th) defended the bill as "an effort to create …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The debate was held on Thursday evening.
Candidates for the 37th District State Senate race fielded questions from the audience at a debate in Springfield on Thursday. Incumbent Dave Marsden (D) and Jason Flanary (R) went head to head at the historic Sydenstricker School House in Springfield. Both Flanary and Marsden answered audience questions about experience and voting records. To view a full transcript of the debate, read our live blog.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Candidates for the 37th District State Senate debate Thursday evening
Candidates for the 37th District State Senate debate Thursday evening. Incumbent Dave Marsden (D) and Jason Flanary (R) go head to head at the Sydenstricker School House, 8511 Hooes Road in Springfield. The debate begins at 7:30 p.m. Stick with Patch for the live blog of the debate beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Held campaign kickoff at Cardinal Forest Elementary School in Springfield
Jack Dobbyn has his work cut out for him if he wants to defeat Del. Dave Albo (R-42) in November. "This campaign is winnable. We can beat Dave Albo," said Dobbyn, a Democrat, on Sunday to supporters at his campaign kickoff at Cardinal Forest Elementary School in Springfield. "A lot of people are apathetic about the chances to beat Dave Albo. I'm not." Can Dobbyn, president of the Fairfax County Young Democrats, defeat the 17-year incumbent? As of June 30th, his campaign had $21,810 in the bank versus $72,905 for Albo. In 2009, Albo defeated Democratic challenger Gregory Werkheiser by 11,767 votes to 9,006 votes in the most expensive delegate's race in Virginia's history. Albo raised and spent $927,217, and Werkheiser raised $781,828, of …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Profile of Dave Marsden
At A Glance Life-long Northern Virginia resident Senator Dave Marsden (D) is running for reelection to represent the 37th District. The district represents portions of Fairfax Station, Burke, Annandale, and Centreville. Marsden, 63, was born in Alexandria and grew up in Annandale. “I lived in a small farm house adjacent to what is now Fairfax Hospital,” Marsden, who know lives in Burke, said. “My dad bought it in 1952. The farmhouse was the original Woodburn Elementary School.” Marsden attended W.T. Woodson High School and went to get a degree in social work. He put his degree to work immediately after leaving school as a probation counselor. Joseph Fedeli first worked Marsden at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Jason Flanary and Steve Hunt debated Monday night in Burke
Republican candidates for the 37th State Senate seat faced off at a debate Monday evening at the Braddock Hall in the Kings Park Library. Nominees Steve Hunt and Jason Flanary fielded a bevy of questions at the hour-and-a half long debate with standing room only. Braddock District Supervisor John Cook moderated the event. “For Republicans, we are just a couple of seats away from a majority in the State Senate, so it is critical that we have strong candidates this year,” Cook said. Democrats currently hold a 22-18 majority. Flanary and Hunt are competing for the seat currently held by Democratic Del. David Marsden. The district covers portions of Fairfax Station, Annandale, Burke, and Centreville. “I’m interested in politics, so I want …