On Wednesday, the Fairfax GOP hosted a virtual candidates forum with all three individuals running for chairman of the Republican Party of Republican Party of Virginia (RPV): Rich Anderson; Mike Schoelwer; and Jack Wilson.
Anderson, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2010 to 2018. During Wednesday’s forum, he vowed to restore a fighting spirit to Virginia’s GOP. “The only thing that is left between us and a resurgent, extremist, authoritarian Democratic Party is a revitalized, reengaged, and respected Republican Party of Virginia,” Anderson said.
Schoelwer, a retired CIA officer, now serves as chairman of the Lancaster County GOP. “There is no reason in my mind that we can’t start winning again,” he said on Wednesday. “We’ve got to run candidates in every single race, up and down the ballot.”
Wilson, a U.S. Army veteran and Chesterfield-based attorney, currently leads the RPV as chairman. He stressed the dire need to mend intra-party divisions. “We can do that this year, if we could all rally around and support the re-election of President Trump — that is job #1,” Wilson said.
The forum, moderated by Fairfax GOP 1st Vice Chairman Sean Rastatter, was live-streamed at Facebook.com/FairfaxGOP.