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It’s not the pay or the perks

posted April 19th, 2015

By Shawn Day
The Virginian-Pilot
© April 19, 2015

Last week, when Republican Del. David Ramadan shocked his colleagues by announcing his resignation after two terms representing the 87th District, he indirectly highlighted the importance of competition, campaign finance reform and the preservation of modest pay for Virginia’s part-time legislators.

Ramadan said he simply couldn’t raise a half-million dollars needed for a competitive re-election campaign, deliver the service constituents deserve, maintain a successful business career and be there for his family. He had to choose.

Ramadan won by 51 votes in 2011, and by 187 votes in 2013. He insists he’d win again this year. But rather than risk losing time and money on a fight that he could lose to Democrat Jack Tiwari, and rather than neglect his business and family for another six months – or more if he won – Ramadan opted out. …

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Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meeting

posted April 16th, 2015

From: “Matt Letourneau”
Date: April 16, 2015 at 1:13:08 PM EDT
Subject: Braddock/Pleasant Valley and Major Gum Spring Road Changes to Be Discussed at 4/28 Town Hall Meeting

Supervisor Letourneau to Hold Town Hall Meeting on April 28

I will be hosting my 2nd quarter Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School (26020 Ticonderoga Road).

At the meeting, we will be discussing two major events that will impact commuters: construction of the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout, and a new configuration for north-south traffic from Gum Spring Road.

We’ll have the design-build project team from VDOT and Fort Meyer Construction on hand to present the construction plans for the Braddock/Pleasant Valley Roundabout and answer any questions from the public.

We will also inform you of a major change that is currently scheduled to take place on or around April 29th involving the north side of Gum Spring Road and Stone Springs Blvd and Route 50. On this date, the section of Gum Spring Road adjacent to the StoneSpring ER and the hospital under construction will close to through traffic, and all traffic will use a new section of Stone Springs Blvd on the north side of Route 50. You will be hearing about this change over the next few days from HOA’s and on message boards in the area.

As always, I will also update you on other projects in our District — there has been considerable progress in the last few weeks. And, I have also asked Delegate David Ramadan to give an update on the General Assembly session which just concluded. I hope you can attend.

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Delegate Ramadan Will Not Seek Re-election

posted April 15th, 2015


Delegate David Ramadan
Telephone: 703 348 7015
E-Mail: info@davidramadan.com

Delegate Ramadan Will Not Seek Re-election

Richmond, VA | April 15, 2015 – Delegate David I. Ramadan (R-87th District; Loudoun) today issued the following statement about his decision to not seek re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2015:

“Serving in Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol has been the greatest honor of my life. For the past three and a half years, I have worked as hard as possible to represent my constituents and give back to the community, the Commonwealth and this great nation that has given me so much since I immigrated in 1989.

Serving in the House of Delegates has been a privilege, but it also has presented incredible challenges for my career and my family. The 87th District is one of the most Democratic districts held by a Republican in the entire Commonwealth, which means that my next election will be incredibly expensive and time consuming, just as my previous two have been.

Yesterday, I returned from an overseas business trip. There is no question that my business interests have suffered over the past few years, since my time and attention has been solely focused on my role as a Delegate.

Waging another successful campaign would require me to raise more than half a million dollars again this year. While I firmly believe that I would once again be able to win my race, it has become clear to me that the amount of time and effort that it will take to raise the funds needed will require me to continue to neglect my business for the next seven months. Unfortunately, this is just not sustainable for me and my family.

I am very proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my two terms. Richmond can be a tough place for a new Delegate, especially one with such a different background than what many here are used to. However, I was able to author and pass several pieces of legislation that are now law on various important issues such as education, public safety, business development and transportation. I’m particularly thankful to be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment providing survivor benefits for the widows of military members who were killed-in-action.

I worked hard to bring transportation solutions to our area, and helped forge agreements and obtain funds to widen Route 606 and build the Braddock-Pleasant Valley roundabout. I also put together a comprehensive case against the outrageous tolls on the Dulles Greenway, a fight which is still ongoing. As a private citizen, I will continue this effort, even if it means taking it to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Winning my first two campaigns against all odds and all my accomplishments wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the help and trust of many friends, neighbors, and constituents. I’m blessed by the love of so many and humbled by the support you have given me since 2011 –Thank You!

I take pride in serving in a bi-partisan manner and representing all of my constituents in the 87th while holding on to my conservative principals. Public service is the duty of every American; I’m very fortunate to have been able to serve.

I will continue to be an active participant in the public process, and if my circumstances change in the future, I will certainly consider seeking elected office once again. In the meantime, I will continue to work hard to represent my constituents’ right up until the end of my term.”

Delegate David Ramadan represents the 87th House of Delegates District, which includes eastern Loudoun County and western Prince William County. He currently serves on the oldest & newest committees in the House of Delegates: Privileges & Elections (P&E) and Science & Technology (S&T), as well as General Laws Committee. He serves as the chairman of the P&E Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee. Delegate Ramadan is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Business Development Caucus. He also serves as an Alt. Commissioner on the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission. To learn more visit www.DavidRamadan.com


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Ramadan vows to keep fighting ‘highway robbery’ on Dulles Greenway

posted April 13th, 2015

By Caitlin Gibson

In the wake of several failed attempts to halt the rising cost of tolls on the Dulles Greenway, Virginia Del. David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors are redoubling their efforts to seek relief for motorists who use the privately owned road.

Last month, Ramadan and the board filed new legal briefs with the Virginia State Corporation Commission, in support of a pending appeal that aims to lower tolls and implement a distance-based pricing structure on the 14-mile roadway, which runs between Washington Dulles International Airport and Leesburg.

The briefs urge the SCC to reconsider its hearing examiner’s conclusion last year that there was no need to overhaul the road’s toll structure.

“There was overwhelming evidence to the contrary,” Ramadan said in a statement. “The evidence included expert testimony that was presented during a five-day trial.” …

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