Updated: McGhee Enters Race for Delegate

Thursday evening's GOP canvass is canceled after Tim McGhee emerges as the only Republican candidate.

Tim McGhee is the Republican candidate for the 45th House of Delegates seat, the GOP district chairman told Patch Thursday afternoon.

Heath Wells said three candidates submitted candidacy paperwork, but two withdrew because of family or work conflicts.

Since McGhee is the lone candidate, the Republican canvass scheduled for Thursday night is canceled.

McGhee in the 30th District state senate race last year. He claimed just over 35 percent of the vote.

“Virginia has weathered the challenges of the recession better than most states, thanks to the leadership of Governor Bob McDonnell and others,” McGhee wrote in his statement of candidacy released Thursday. “Serious fiscal challenges lie ahead at all levels of the government. We must continue to work for justice and fiscal responsibility.”

A web developer, McGhee moved to Northern Virginia in 1999 and has lived in North Old Town since 2004.

In a biography sent out Thursday by the Alexandria Republican City Committee, McGhee said he is an advocate for open government and would like to see the state house expand its efforts to open up the General Assembly to the people. 

McGhee said he believes that gas taxes should be indexed to the cost of gas to ensure a steady stream of funding for transportation improvement projects.

“The Virginia legislature is one of citizens. It is my intent to bring a listening ear, and the value of my experiences and principles to our efforts to uphold the Constitutions of both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States of America,” McGhee wrote in his statement of candidacy. “It is with great anticipation that I look forward to the conversation and the opportunity.”

His Democratic opponent in a special election scheduled for Sept. 4 will be either or . The Democrats will select their nominee in .

McGhee created some controversy during his state senate campaign, quoting scripture during his closing remarks at a October 2011 candidate forum hosted by the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

A Democratic blog . Ebbin, who is openly gay, called McGhee’s remarks “offensive.”

McGhee told Patch at the time what he said was not meant as an attack.

“It was a personal view, and I was reaching out on my perspective of scripture and life,” he said, adding that he believes gay people are valuable and his “heart was broken” because he believed some “feel so hated.”

The opening in 45th District was created when Del. David Englin announced his resignation effective Aug. 31. Englin had to focus on his wife and family after admitting to have an extramarital affair. 

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Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Ron, uhm, how much of a sizable wager would you be willing to bet on your 'main man', Tim "The Door Knocking Champ" McGhee? If the Democrats have 'screwed up for so long even longtime residents are peeved', are they peeved enough to bet on Tim McGhee? I know, for one, that you seem like you are a very nice man, and you're hoping that Tim McGhee 'shocks the world' and wins the 45th, but if you're a smart man, and I think that you are, too, you absolutely have to know that Tim McGhee doesn't have a shot, at all, ever. The more doors he knocks on, the more people are likely not to vote for Tim "Some man's at the door, mom!" McGhee, who man be a good man, too, but he is very quiet and shy, which are two qualities that don't work well for politicians. Okay, so, back to the wager, how much money are you willing to bet on Tim "Ding Dong" McGhee?
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
McGhee's website is certainly strange. And he knocked on 50,000 doors?? I seriously doubt that. I've canvassed for many campaigns. I know how hard it can be. Where did that number come from?
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Mark, I just saw his website! WOW! Incredible ramblings, but the hilarity about Tim McGhee has already started! Did you hear his new campaign theme song, Elton John's 'I've Seen The Saucers'! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPm1u0-TTF0 This guy is better than Scott "You Know Me" Gordon, who I didn't think that anyone could ever top! Now Tim McGhee is about to tip the scales making this one of the more farcical political races to hit the local scene, since, well, since Tim McGhee ran against Adam Ebbin and got solidly trounced in the race for the 30th Senate District last year! The Alexandria Republican City Committee has really set themselves up for ridicule with siding with Tim McGhee. Sad, so sad, but funny, just so funny! Wow, at least with Tim McGhee we have something to laugh about every day until the election!
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Gail, Ron mistyped. He meant to type that through true 'divine intervention', that Tim McGhee actually knocked on 500,000 doors. And he did it all on a rainy Saturday with the wind at 50 miles an hour, and a monsoon was enveloping Alexandria. Yea, that's the ticket.
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Janice, I just read your legal "pleading" and it does not state a claim upon which relief may be granted. In non lawyer speak, that means it makes no sense. What exactly are you suing about?
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Poor Frank Fannon. I actually feel sorry for the guy. This is his party.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Janet, how much would you be willing to bet on Tim McGhee? If you are so solidly assured that your 'main man', Tim McGhee can actually win, would you be willing to put a sizable wager down on him? Hey, have the Democrats screwed up in Alexandria? You bet they have, so there's guilt all the way around, but, if you're a Republican, which I'm guessing you are, why couldn't you at least get a guy who's got a shot, a left-leaning moderate Republican like Frank Fannon, who a majority of people in the city know him, and like him, too. And Frank appears to be a self-assured, self-made man, from all indications, and he comes across as a 'take charge' guy. But Frank was smart in not running in a race that he knows he can't win, so I, for one, will give him credit for that. Frank's working hard on his own reelection campaign to win another term on the Alexandria City Council, and, as a liberal/progressive Democrat, I'm going all out to support him because he doesn't act like a Republican. Frank Fannon just acts like he's got a heart of gold for people in the City of Alexandria, and it shows. So don't try to sell me Tim McGhee, when you could have given me Frank Fannon. If you're smart, you have to absolutely know that Tim McGhee has, quite tragically, no shot, at all, to win. No shot. Tell me all that Tim McGhee has done in the 45th to get my vote, or anyone's vote. I have friends who are Republicans in Alexandria who are laughing their tails off to me about Tim McGhee. Unreal.
Janice Wolk Grenadier August 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Gail - That was not a pleading - Here are two that are active right now with over 1100 pages in back up Exhibits filed in the City - http://www.scribd.com/doc/101166265/Motion-to-Re-Open-Case-Fraud-on-the-Court-v2-Final http://www.scribd.com/doc/96184013/JWG-Counter-Claim-Cross-Complaint-June-6-2012-Final-v1 The Supreme Court on my Motion to Disclose the law - After Justice Lemons told me to file it - refused to disclose the law - as they didn't use the law - they used favoritism and cronyism. - I am having trouble sending Reply's - But, I agree 100% with you that Frank Fannon is a Stand up Guy and would have been a great candidate - I am a registered Republican - And I have voted Democratic - I want the best person in place - one that will go across the isle - That will vote what is right for Virginia not for the Ole Boy Network or him or her self. When I went to Adam and asked for help in my situation - didn't get it - Maybe I will release his e-mails at some point - I give kudos to anyone who puts there hat in the Ring - weather I like them or not or agree with them or not - I respect them for there effort - It doesn't look easy to me to run a campaign -
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Gail, you're right. I feel sorry for Frank Fannon, who, by all accounts, and my observation and research, is one of the more stand up politicians who really cares about everyone in his hometown, no matter what their skin color is, no matter what religion they follow, or sexual orientation, he's always there to help someone out in their time of need. The Alexandria Republican City Committee has to be truly embarrassing Frank Fannon with their actions, or inaction, especially in regard to not finding someone stronger to run for the 45th. My wife and I met Frank in 2009 when he was door knocking and we found him to be one of the more up front and engaging candidates that we had a chance to meet. And, the most telling thing to us, as liberal/progressive Democrats, was how much Frank Fannon sounded like all he was sincerely interested in doing, once elected, was to work to help people throughout the city, and from all indications, he's done a great job. Frank's also born, raised, and owns a very successful business in Alexandria, and I'm sure that it has to personally bother him to be associated with the Alexandria Republican City Committee, but I'm guessing he'd probably never tell that to them in person. A guy like Tim McGhee running as a Republican against the presumptive favorite, Rob Krupicka, can only make the hairs on the back of Frank's neck stand up. I know it would do that to me if I were in his position. I echo your words. Poor Frank Fannon. Great guy, too.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 04:01 AM
All I can say is that I would love to wake up and find out that Scott "You Know Me" Gordon has also decided to throw his hat in the ring as an independent to run for the 45th. I would be crying with laughter, with him and Tim McGhee to entertain us during the campaign. Please, please, Scott, make it happen! Jump in to run for the 45th to help make us all want to pay attention to this boring race! Like Rob Schneider famously said in 'The Waterboy', "YEW KAN DEW EET!"
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Jim & Mark - for today's absurdity, read through Janice's complaint. It has nothing to do with the special election, but it's certainly entertaining. Maybe if I did drugs I could figure it out, but with just coffee, I'm at a complete and total loss to explain it to anyone so you'll have to read it for yourselves. I sure do love Alexandria. It's a laugh a day around here.
Janice Wolk Grenadier August 03, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Gail - You just showed how much class you have - and the Democratic Party of Alexandria has - I hope you have a great day and great time laughing at me - and please invite all your friends to do the same - It shows the type of person you are. The difference with us is - I believe in Equal Justice something the Democrats don't - I believe I deserve a Fair Trial and to me treated fairly in the system - I hope for you and your family you never have to walk in my shoes - Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Robert Kennedy
Janet August 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Think the Dems screwed up Alexandria? Try one-party rule for the past 32 years in Arlington. Latest is the proposed soccer-lacrosse-field hockey field house for Long Bridge Park at $80 million, next to the proposed aquatics center also at $80 million. Funding to be taken (stolen) from the street paving accounts, which are bonded.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
City of Alexandria politics. For the true humor value, with no one person targeted, across the board it provides great hilarity, every single day! There probably are other cities in the Commonwealth, and even more throughout the United States, that have a very similar group of characters who always make you laugh until you cry, but what a collection we do indeed have in the City of Alexandria, from soup to nuts, with an emphasis on 'nuts'. Alexandria most certainly never fails with producing the most bizarre and comical group of people in regard to its politics, which may be a true microcosm of the actual city itself. The people involved who jump up in our local politics, here and there like 'Whack-A-Mole', are quite unintentionally not trying to be funny, or embarrassing to themselves, or to whatever political party, or issue that they find that they're most passionate about, it's just they're all drinking out of the same trough, which is made up of some kind of concoction that makes people hysterically goofy. There are people who are way out on the extreme left, coupled with those on the extreme right, both end up haranguing each other daily, whether it be on the Waterfront Small Plan, the Beauregard Plan, or the 'issue of the day/week/month/year', that absolutely seemingly nothing of true substance gets done, yet here in Alexandria, we somehow yet make compromising things happen and collectively come together. So, lets all keep the levity up and the laughter going!
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Janice, I have in fact been the plaintiff in a lawsuit (against ACPS, not the city) so I know exactly how time consuming, expensive and emotional draining the process is. The fact is, your "complaint" is entirely nonsensical. It is a rambling list of complaints against certain people, it does not state sufficient facts upon which relief may be granted, and it contains the private phone numbers of individuals who are not party to the suit, which can only serve to harass those people. What is classless is using the court system to waste people's time and money for your own personal problems. Maybe you do have a legitimate cause of action, but no one can discern that from your pleadings. If you cannot afford an attorney, call the local law schools and find out if they have clinics or other legal aid programs that might be able to help you draft a proper pleading. As for your Robert Kennedy quote, I saw nothing in your pleadings that would serve to "bend history." You seem to be complaining about a real estate sale on which you did not receive your fair share of proceeds. If you want to be taken seriously, stop bothering with courts with extraneous information and rhetoric and stick to the facts.
Rob August 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Time for you to go Jim.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Well thank you, Rob, for being so polite.
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Personally, I like Jim's humor. He sees the absurdity in a lot of what happens around town, and it is genuinely funny if you really think about it. Both parties have their craizies, and there are plently of independent crazies running around town too. It keeps things entertaining. In addition, it gets people involved, which is always a good thing. For that alone, I salute the crazies.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Gail, case in point comes full circle, right back to Tim McGhee. I just can't imagine any true sane Republican who thinks that the guy has a realistic shot at beating Rob Krupicka for the 45th. Frank Fannon has to be extremely disappointed with the Alexandria Republican City Committee and how they've handled dealing with Tim McGhee, because at least Frank is a good, sane guy, having to deal with all the crazies in his own party, himself. The Alexandria Democratic Committee, as I've mentioned, has their long list of crazies, too, but that's the charm of our local politics. They never fail to keep us all entertained!
Doug August 03, 2012 at 07:10 PM
All this thread of comments process is how immature you Democrats are. I am eating my lunch as I type this but I didn't realize that I was sitting in a high school cafeteria. What's next? Are you all going to threaten to beat up McGhee at the bus stop after school? Seriously, as adults, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Sincerely Neither a Democrat or Republican
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Doug wrote: "All this thread of comments process is how immature you Democrats are." First, what kind of English is that? Second, anyone who takes internet comments seriously has only himself to blame.
Doug August 03, 2012 at 08:12 PM
It was an auto-correct gone bad Gail. But thanks for taking my internet comment seriously.
Doug August 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
In order to help Gail and others out, here's what the first line should have said: "All this thread of comments proves is how immature you Democrats are."
Rob August 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Does the Patch exist solely to function as a sounding board for the abusive Gail Gordon and Jim Miller? Who owns this site? I'd like to write a note to the appropriate people. Surely its backers don't appreciate the childish and borderline libelous behavior displayed here. It's clearly against the terms of use.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Doug, when the Alexandria Republican City Committee opens the door exposing themselves to pure ridicule, people seize on it, regardless of what party they belong to. I have spoken to many of my friends who are Republicans, who live in Alexandria, and they themselves were laughing about Tim McGhee representing their party for the 45th, so it's not just Democrats that find this situation so funny. Hey, if Tim McGhee were a viable candidate I'm quite sure that the tone of this thread would be much more serious, where people would discuss what he or she might do in Richmond, but not in this case. The whole prospect of Tim McGhee running for the 45th has now brought to light of how hard to the right the Alexandria Republican City Committee has now become. I can't find one, not one sane Republican who will take up the wager of betting on Tim McGhee to win the 45th. Not one. Why? Because they all know that Tim McGhee will be only the latest and greatest to embarrass Alexandria Republicans, and he's doing it again, after getting trounced by Adam Ebbin in 2011. Doug, if we can't laugh at politics in the City of Alexandria, we'd cry, and what a better way to cry than to cry from laughing so hard your sides hurt. If you think these comments are immature, sure, you might have something there, I can admit that, but it's Tim McGhee, a guy who is definitely 'out there'. Did you hear the words to his new campaign theme song? But I digress. Kick back, relax, and laugh, right along with us.
Jim Miller August 03, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Rob, Rob, Rob, did you not get out for recess, today? Did your teacher make you sit in the corner for 'time out'? Go get some chocolate chip cookies and milk, and you'll fell all better.
Kim Moore August 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM
The interesting thing is that this week's issue of the Alexandria Times has a front-page article about the Alexandria Republicans' lack of a candidate. After Frank Fannon turned down the idea, the article indicates that the Republicans had no one else to consider. Is the party truly backing McGhee or is it just that he self-identifies as a Republican?
Drew Hansen (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
In terms of backing, the Alexandria Republican City Committee did send out a pretty substantive release to reporters on Thursday about McGhee's candidacy. Usually candidates send out press releases themselves. With that in consideration, it looks like there's support for McGhee from the ARCC, or at least coordination between the two.
NoBS August 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
KM, the ACRC did not offer any assistance to Tim when he ran against Adam last year. Maybe they will this time.
Drew Hansen (Editor) August 03, 2012 at 10:16 PM
A comment was deleted for violating our terms of use. I am suspending comments on this article. Please keep the tone civil. Name calling and antagonizing are not appropriate. If you have any questions, email me at drewh@patch.com.


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