A Letter From Our Chair

Dear Friends,

As Chair of the Fairfax Republicans, I welcome you to our website and to the Republican Party. Please join us as we continue to build a Republican party in Fairfax that is diverse, open and inclusive to everyone who wants to participate in our political process.

The purpose of the Fairfax Republican Party is to promote Republican values to our members and throughout our community, and to support Republican candidates in their election campaigns.

Here’s what we do, every day, for the citizens of Fairfax County:

  • We encourage all citizens to become active in their city, state and federal government, to register to vote, and then make their voices heard through the ballot box in every election.
  • We support the principles of the Republican Party: lower taxes, limited government, individual responsibility, strong families, free enterprise, and a strong national defense.
  • We seek to elect strong Republican candidates to elected office at every level to promote and enact effective common sense policies locally, in Virginia, and at the federal level.
  • We work to grow our party membership and to educate potential voters about our party platform.
  • We organize and administer the grassroots operations for the Republican Party in Fairfax County.

Please accept my personal invitation to attend any of our events or meetings and see for yourself how the Republican Party in Fairfax County can represent your interests.

Drop me an email at chairman@fairfaxgop.org, call with any questions at 703-766-4467 or stop by and visit our offices at 4246 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

If you’re a registered voter living in Fairfax County, please join us by becoming a member. We’re all neighbors here, and our entire Fairfax GOP team looks forward to getting to know you.

Katie Gorka
Chairwoman
Fairfax Republicans
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Republican Party of Virginia Creed

We Believe:

  • That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice
  • That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society
  • That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government
  • That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense
  • That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.
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Republican Party Organizations

The Republican Party in Virginia is organized at multiple levels, starting from the local committees in cities and counties, moving up to congressional district committees, and culminating in the state committee, known as the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).

The organization is designed to ensure that party operations and strategies are tailored to the diverse needs and political landscapes of Virginia's localities, while also maintaining a unified approach to state and national elections.

The party's operations are guided by its bylaws, and leadership positions within the party are filled through elections by its members.
Here's a breakdown of our party structure:

Fairfax County Republican Party

These are the grassroots level of the organization, present in each of Virginia's cities and counties. They are responsible for organizing party activities locally, including recruiting candidates for local office, voter registration drives, and supporting Republican candidates at all levels of government. This is where the Fairfax County Republican Committee is.

Congressional District Committees

Virginia is divided into congressional districts, each with its own committee within the Republican Party. These committees coordinate activities and strategies specific to their districts, supporting campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives and other roles that align with the district's boundaries.

RPV - Republican Party of Virginia

This is the governing body of the Republican Party of Virginia. It consists of members elected from each congressional district, representatives from the local committees, and leaders of officially recognized auxiliary organizations. The State Central Committee sets party policies, coordinates state-wide campaigns, and works to support the party's candidates for state and federal office.

RNC - Republican National Committee

The National Republican Party, also known as the Republican National Committee (RNC), is organized to oversee the party's operations across the United States.

Its structure is designed to support and coordinate the activities of the party at all levels, from local to national, and it plays a key role in developing party strategy, fundraising, and supporting Republican candidates in federal elections.
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The Fairfax County Republican Committee

The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) is the local branch of the Republican Party in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The Fairfax County Republican Party is the Republican Party, as defined by Article VI in the Republican Party of Virginia Plan.

The activities and functions of the Fairfax County Republican Party aim to strengthen the party's presence and influence in local, state, and national elections.

Read the Fairfax County Republican Party Plan here.

The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) is organized to support and promote Republican candidates and principles within Fairfax County, Virginia. Its structure is designed to effectively coordinate party activities, engage with voters, and support election campaigns. Here's a general overview of how the FCRC is typically organized:

Executive Committee: The core leadership of the FCRC includes an Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic planning of the committee. This typically includes positions such as the Chairman, Vice Chairmen (who may oversee specific areas such as finance, operations, or outreach), Secretary, and Treasurer. These positions are usually elected by the committee's membership.

Magisterial District Chairs: Fairfax County is divided into nine magisterial districts, and the FCRC often has a chairperson for each district. These district chairs are responsible for organizing party activities within their specific districts, including voter outreach, candidate support, and coordinating volunteers. They serve as the primary point of contact between the district's Republican voters and the county committee.

Precinct Captains: At a more granular level, the committee is organized into precincts, which are the smallest electoral units. Precinct captains are volunteers who manage party activities within their precincts. Their duties include organizing volunteers for door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, voter registration drives, and ensuring a strong Republican presence at the polls on Election Day.

Standing and Special Committees: The FCRC may have several standing and special committees focused on various aspects of party work, such as finance, candidate recruitment, communications, technology, events, and voter registration. These committees are tasked with specific functions and projects to support the overall objectives of the FCRC.

Membership: The general membership of the FCRC includes registered Republicans in Fairfax County who have chosen to be active in the committee. Members attend meetings, participate in party activities, and may vote on certain decisions, including the election of the committee's leadership.

Affiliated Groups: The FCRC works closely with affiliated Republican groups, such as the Young Republicans, College Republicans, Republican Women’s Clubs, and other specialty groups. These groups often have their representation within the committee structure and collaborate on various initiatives and events.

This organizational structure allows the Fairfax County Republican Committee to operate efficiently across a large and diverse county, mobilizing support for Republican candidates and engaging with the community on issues important to the party. The specifics of the organization can vary over time, with changes in leadership, strategy, and the political landscape.

Our Chair is elected every even-numbered year at the County Convention. The Chair oversees the FCRC’s entire scope of operations including fundraising, membership relations, volunteer recruitment, and Election Day operations. The Chair sets the priorities for the organization, with the help of the Executive Committee. The chair also sets the agenda for membership meetings and runs those meetings.

Magisterial District Chairs exist within the organizational structure of county-level political committees, like the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC), for several important reasons. Their presence helps to ensure that the party's efforts are effectively localized, organized, and responsive to the specific needs and dynamics of different parts of the county. Here are the key reasons why Magisterial District Chairs are crucial:

Local Representation: Magisterial District Chairs serve as the party's representatives in their respective districts, ensuring that each area has a voice in the broader county committee. This local representation helps to address the unique political and electoral challenges and opportunities within each district.

Organizing and Mobilizing Volunteers: They are responsible for organizing and mobilizing volunteers within their districts for various party activities, including canvassing, phone banking, voter registration drives, and get-out-the-vote efforts. Having a dedicated chair for each district helps to coordinate these activities more efficiently and effectively.

Candidate Support: Magisterial District Chairs play a critical role in supporting Republican candidates at all levels of government by coordinating local campaign efforts, organizing events, and ensuring candidates have the resources and volunteer support they need within the district.

Community Engagement and Outreach: They facilitate engagement and outreach within their communities, acting as liaisons between the party and local residents. This includes attending community events, meeting with local groups, and addressing concerns or issues that are particularly relevant to their districts.

Feedback and Communication: These chairs provide valuable feedback and communication channels between the district-level activities and the county-wide party leadership. They relay information about local political developments, voter sentiment, and other insights that can inform broader party strategies and initiatives.

Building Party Presence: By actively working within their districts, Magisterial District Chairs help to build and maintain a visible and effective party presence. This can be crucial in areas where the party is seeking to gain or retain competitive advantages.

Magisterial District Chairs exist to ensure that the party's organizational efforts are as localized and effective as possible. They are instrumental in adapting county-wide strategies to fit local contexts, ensuring that the party's initiatives are responsive to the diverse needs of a county's population.

Precinct captains within the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) play a crucial role in grassroots organizing and are fundamental to the party's efforts at the local level. Their responsibilities are diverse and tailored to building a strong party presence within their precincts, engaging voters, and supporting Republican candidates. Here are the primary duties and activities of precinct captains:

Voter Engagement and Education: Precinct captains are responsible for engaging with voters within their precincts. This includes educating them about the party's candidates and platform, discussing issues of local and national importance, and providing information on voting procedures and election dates.

Canvassing and Phone Banking: They organize and participate in canvassing (door-to-door visits) and phone banking efforts to identify Republican supporters, persuade undecided voters, and encourage voter turnout on Election Day. These activities are crucial for gauging voter sentiment and increasing support for Republican candidates.

Voter Registration Drives: Precinct captains often lead or participate in voter registration drives to ensure that potential Republican voters are registered and know how to update their registration if necessary. This is key to maximizing the number of eligible voters who can support Republican candidates.

Election Day Operations: On Election Day, precinct captains oversee the party's efforts within their precincts. This can include organizing volunteers to work at polling places, monitoring voting to ensure it proceeds smoothly, and helping with get-out-the-vote efforts to encourage supporters to cast their ballots.

Recruiting Volunteers: A precinct captain's role is to recruit and manage volunteers for various campaign activities. Volunteers are vital for the party's grassroots efforts, and precinct captains are crucial to mobilizing this support.

Serving as a Liaison: Precinct captains act as liaisons between the voters in their precinct and the broader party structure. They communicate voters' concerns, feedback, and suggestions to the party leadership and relay information back to the community.

Event Organization: They may also organize or assist in organizing local events, such as town halls, meet-and-greets with candidates, and informational sessions, to build community support and provide voters with opportunities to engage with the party and its candidates directly.

Precinct captains are the backbone of the Fairfax County Republican Committee's efforts at the grassroots level. Their work is vital to building a solid and active Republican presence within their communities.

Party rules require that we meet once a quarter. The Chairman schedules meetings based on the business needs of the FCRC, and we typically meet two months out of three. To make the meetings reasonably convenient for everyone, locations are rotated, generally in the central part of the County.

The date and location of each meeting is announced at least ten days in advance. Announcements are made via mailed postcards and/or email. Meeting dates and locations are also posted on the FCRC website, Facebook page and Twitter account. We almost always meet in a public school facility because of the low cost and the need for seating for several hundred people.

Meetings are almost always held on a weeknight. Members sit with other members from their Magisterial District, which creates a great opportunity to get to know other Republicans from your part of the county.

What Happens At FCRC Meetings?

Members receive reports on the various activities of the Committee. They hear from candidates, elected officials and others who are working on behalf of the Party or affiliated organizations. They learn about upcoming grassroots events and volunteer opportunities. They vote on the budget, the operations plan, and other matters that require the approval of the entire Committee membership.

How Long Are The Meetings?

Two hours at most. Doors open at 7 pm. We try very hard to adjourn the business meeting by 9 pm so that members can get home at a reasonable time.

Yes, the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) typically offers or sponsors grassroots training for its members and volunteers. These training sessions are designed to equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively participate in political campaigns, engage with voters, and support Republican candidates at the local, state, and national levels. While specific offerings may vary over time, the types of training commonly provided include:

Canvassing and Phone Banking**: Training on effectively conducting door-to-door canvassing and phone banking, including tips on engaging with voters, discussing key issues, and collecting valuable voter feedback.

Voter Registration Drives**: Instructions on how to organize and conduct voter registration drives, ensuring compliance with state and local regulations and effectively reaching potential Republican voters.

Digital and Social Media Campaigning**: Guidance on using digital tools and social media platforms for campaigning, including creating content, engaging with users, and maximizing the impact of online activities.

Election Law and Poll Watching**: Education on election laws, voter rights, and the responsibilities of poll watchers and election volunteers to ensure the integrity of the voting process.

Grassroots Organizing and Leadership**: Training in organizing community events, building volunteer networks, and developing leadership skills necessary for effective grassroots mobilization.

Campaign Strategy and Messaging**: Workshops on developing effective campaign strategies, crafting persuasive messages, and addressing key issues that resonate with voters.

The FCRC and other Republican organizations at the state and national levels recognize the importance of grassroots efforts in winning elections and shaping public policy. They invest in training and resources to empower their volunteers and make their campaigns more effective. Individuals interested in such training should contact the FCRC directly at 703-766-4467 for the most current information on available programs and how to get involved.

The Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia

Conservative grassroots activists should consider attending a training by the Leadership Institute located in nearby Arlington, Virginia. The Leadership Institute is well-regarded for providing comprehensive training programs designed to equip conservatives with the skills needed to succeed in politics, government, and media.

For grassroots activists committed to advancing conservative values, the Leadership Institute's trainings offer a robust resource for enhancing their effectiveness and impact.

Founded in 1979 by long time State Central Committeeman representing Fairfax County, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications. The Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media.

The Institute offers more than 50 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars; a free employment placement service; and a national field program that trains conservative students to organize campus groups. Since 1979, LI has trained more than 250,000 conservative activists, leaders, and students. The Institute's unique college campus network has grown to more than 2,300 conservative campus groups and newspapers.

The Fairfax County Republican Committee offers a variety of volunteer opportunities catering to different interests and skills, ensuring there is something for everyone. We emphasize the importance of volunteer work in participating in the governmental process and working to maintain the republic for future generations.

Those interested in volunteering can easily get involved by completing an online volunteer form, contacting the committee via email at volunteer@fairfaxgop.org, or by calling the office at (703) 766-4467.

Republican Political Operations

The Fairfax County Republican Committee plays a crucial role in organizing and mobilizing Republican support within one of Virginia's most populous and competitive counties, working to achieve electoral success and promote the party's values and policies.

Candidate Support and Recruitment

One of the core functions of the FCRC is to identify, recruit, and support Republican candidates for public office at all levels of government, from local school boards and county positions to state and federal offices. This support can include campaign assistance, fundraising, and providing resources and volunteers.

Voter Engagement and Mobilization

The committee works to engage and mobilize Republican voters in Fairfax County through a variety of means, including door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, and organizing events. They aim to increase voter turnout and support for Republican candidates in elections.

Fundraising

Raising funds is a critical aspect of the committee's work, providing the financial resources necessary to support its operations, campaign efforts, and candidate support activities. Fundraising events, donor outreach, and other initiatives are key to sustaining these efforts.

Community Outreach and Events

The FCRC organizes and participates in community events, forums, and town halls to promote Republican policies, address voter concerns, and increase the visibility of the party and its candidates. These events also serve to inform and educate the public on key issues.

Advocacy and Policy Promotion

The committee advocates for Republican policies and principles at the local level, working to influence public opinion and policymaking in line with the party's platform. This can involve engaging with local government, participating in public meetings, and collaborating with like-minded organizations.

Volunteer Coordination

Volunteers are vital to the FCRC's operations, and the committee actively recruits and coordinates volunteers for a variety of tasks, including campaign support, event management, and voter outreach activities

Communication and Information Dissemination

Keeping the public and party members informed is another important role of the FCRC. This is achieved through newsletters, social media, the committee's website, and other communication channels, providing updates on party activities, election information, and issues of concern to Republican voters.

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2024 U.S. Senate & Congressional Primary

GOP Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 18

Election Calendar

  • Early voting opens 5/3
  • 5/28 – Deadline to register to vote (otherwise, same-day registration with provisional ballot)
  • 6/7 – Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot​
  • 6/8 - One of two Saturdays open for early voting, and additional early voting locations open.
  • Early Voting ends 6/15
  • 6/18 – Election Day

We need you on our team in '24.

Get active in the effort to take back Fairfax County from the progressives hellbent on raising taxes, coddling criminals, and socializing public schools.
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