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Think Suburbia

Welcome to Think Suburbia, the Suburban Virginia Republican Coalition podcast featuring conversations about issues important to suburban voters - traffic, taxes, schools… and more - and the solutions that will benefit us all. We talk to the people who are stepping up and making a difference. ... Show More

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Laura Ramirez-Drain is a unique political candidate running in her first election. She is an engineer, small business entrepreneur and a parent of two sons who attended FCPS schools, from elementary to high school. She has been advocating for students for many years as an active PTA volunteer.

In 2006 Laura founded the Alcanzando Metas Foundation. She set up the foundation to foster the academic excellence of minority... Read more

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A native Northern Virginian, Randy has lived and worked in Virginia’s 10th House of Delegates District for more than 20 years. Randy’s leadership in and service to the community has taken many forms over the past 20 years. A graduate of Duke University and Washington and Lee University, Randy was a founding member and two-term Chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission as well as a founding member and chair o... Read more

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Jonathan has been a devoted advocate for justice in his community, serving nineteen years as both a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia and an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fairfax County.

Jonathan is running as an independent candidate, endorsed by the Republican Party. Jonathan firmly believes in putting public safety ahead of politics. He has been endorsed by eleven other Commonwealth'... Read more

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The hallmark of Supervisor Ruth Anderson's tenure on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors has been to use hard work and innovative thinking to effectively solve some of the county's biggest challenges. For example, she initiated a new program to boost economic development by helping small businesses navigate the county permitting process to get up and running. More than 150 new businesses have taken advantage o... Read more

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Kelly McGinn has worked in service to others since she began her professional life. Kelly is a summa cum laude graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she studied International Politics. She went on to earn a law degree at the University of Virginia Law School.

Kelly became Senior Counsel for International Human Rights to Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas. Advocating on behalf ... Read more

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September 22, 2019 32 min

With 800 staff members, Sheriff Mike Chapman runs the largest Sheriff's department in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office has responsibility for the courthouse, the adult detention center, criminal investigators, patrol deputies, crime scene investigators and more.

Sheriff Chapman has been in law enforcement for forty years in various capacities all over the world - from south Texas to Korea to Pakistan to Th... Read more

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Cheryl has 30-plus years of experience in education and education policy, covering today’s most pressing issues. She spent the first ten years of her career teaching career and technical education and family economics, which made her an unwavering advocate for quality education for all students. 

Cheryl worked at the U.S. Department of Education where she evaluated programs seeking to close the achievement gap for at-... Read more

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With a doctorate in rehabilitation sciences from Boston University and an MBA from the Indian School of Business Management, Srilekha is an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for healthcare and education.

In this episode, Srilekha talks with Mike and Jill about her background and education, the need for increased academic rigor in our schools, county pensions and quality-of-life issues that impact everyone... Read more

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John Whitbeck and his family moved to Loudoun County almost 20 years ago.

John launched his campaign after the incumbent chair voted for guaranteed toll hikes through 2056 on the Greenway. As Chair, John will be an advocate for lower tolls and distance based pricing as well as alternatives to the Greenway and Rt. 50.

John is an attorney and small business owner. He feel fortunate to have spent his ent... Read more

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In this podcast, Mike and Jill sit down with D.J. Jordan, candidate for the 31st District, Virginia House of Delegates. DJ hasn’t always been a fan of politics, but he likes public policy and he loves people. 

D.J. is running for the Virginia House of Delegates to make sure our state government ensures our basic freedoms and equal opportunity to succeed…. not to obtain power, disparage political opponents, or benefit his o... Read more

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Doug's campaign is focused on improving important fundamentals like transportation, schools, jobs and business development in Prince William County.

Doug is a retired United States Coast Guard officer, He is currently the President of Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc., a small business headquartered in Vienna, Virginia providing professional engineering and technical services to the Department of Defense ... Read more

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Born and raised in a town just north of Pittsburgh, Karen has been proud to call Occoquan District her home for the past 19 years. Karen and Mark, her husband of 25 years, raised two sons in Prince William County.

Karen is a graduate of Clarion University with a B.S. in Secondary Education and UVA with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She has been in the field of education for 22 years, serving in various roles in F... Read more

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Many people—both here in Fairfax County and abroad—have been served because of Jason Remer's extraordinary dedication to serving others. Our Braddock District needs a Supervisor who is ready Day One to roll up his sleeves, make tough decisions, and who has the technical and governmental know-how to mobilize and optimize the right resources.

Jason has been a resident of Braddock District for over 18 years and has d... Read more

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Liberty, Pragmatism, Civility and Unity are the four words that are guiding Suzanne Fox's campaign for the Virginia State Senate. 

Suzanne knows the importance of these principles in good governance. For the last four years, she has served on the Leesburg Town Council. In a bipartisan vote, her fellow Leesburg Town Council members selected her to serve as Vice Mayor during her first term as Leesburg Town Councilwo... Read more

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Alyson Satterwhite knows the Prince William County School Board. She is currently serving her second consecutive term as the representative from Gainesville District. She has also served as Vice Chairman.

In the last few years, Alyson has watched the School Board become more and more political (as well as more dysfunctional). Her passion is education and her goal is to put students first, and that has motivated her to... Read more

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As a mother, active duty military spouse and public servant, Heather has worked tirelessly everyday to improve our community. Heather has always been engaged in local and state politics. In this episode, Heather discusses her views on the issues that concern residents in her district, including transportation, taxes and education. Listen and find out the dubious distinction the stretch of I-95 that lies within the boundaries of ... Read more

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Yesli Vega is a candidate for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in the Coles District. She is a military wife, mother, former police officer and a Prince William County Sheriff’s Deputy who has dedicated her life to public service.

In this episode, Mike and Jill talk with Yesli in depth about the issues important to residents in the Coles District and what she has learned while talking with voters on the ... Read more

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Ram Venkatachalam is a candidate for School Board in the Blue Ridge District. The Blue Ridge District is the largest district in Loudoun County. In this conversation with Mike and Jill, Ram talks about the diverse needs of the district, his plans for focusing and improving school communications with parents, school rezoning, class size and more. Ram's philosophy is "for every problem, there is a solution," which is a... Read more

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In this episode, we meet Joe Newcomer. Joe is a former Marine and among other things, currently mentors Eagle Scouts. His involvement in the community runs deep. Jill and Mike get Joe's thoughts on the School Board budget, school security, transportation, expanding opportunities for students to attend technical academies and much more.

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In this episode, Mike and Jill have a great conversation with John Cook, Fairfax County Supervisor, Braddock District. John was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2009, and was reelected in 2011 and 2015. He knows Fairfax County as well as anyone. John has always believed in having strong community involvement in local governing decisions. He is known for his focus on communicating with his constituents.... Read more

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