Ed Gillespie endorses Jay McConville for Fairfax GOP Chairman

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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2012

Former RNC and RPV Chairman Ed Gillespie endorses
Jay McConville for Fairfax GOP Chairman

Alexandria, VA, January 6, 2012 – Former Republican National Committee and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Ed Gillespie has endorsed Jay McConville for Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) Chairman.

In making his endorsement, Gillespie stated:

“I’ve known Jay McConville for many years, first as a community volunteer and later as a candidate. He is an energetic, determined, organized, and committed public servant who will bring great vision, experience and principle to the position of Chairman. I’m proud to call him my friend and endorse him for FCRC chairman, and look forward to working alongside him.”

Responding to the endorsement, McConville stated:

“I am very pleased to announce this recent endorsement by Ed Gillespie. He is a man of integrity who has served our nation well, and is clearly someone who knows what it takes to run a party organization and get real results. I thank him for his continued service to America and for his support, guidance, and mentorship.”

The FCRC will select a new Chairman to replace Anthony Bedell, who is stepping down after two terms, at a convention to be held on March 24th at West Springfield High School. Convention delegates must pre-register and be in attendance at the convention to support their candidate. Convention information is available at www.gojay.org and the FCRC’s website (www.fairfaxgop.com).

Jay McConville is a combat veteran, businessman, and community leader who ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 44thDistrict (Mount Vernon) in 2009. Since then he has served as the FCRC’s Vice Chairman for Budget and Finance. He is a former manufacturing CEO who serves on the Mt. Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is the former President of the Ft. Hunt Youth Athletic Association, is current President of his industry association’s DC Chapter, and is an active member of the Mt. Vernon community. He is also an Ironman Triathlete, having completed the Coeur d’ Alene Ironman in 2008, and a musician, playing in the local band Close2Home, and formerly with Tony Snow’s band Beats Workin’.

Mr. McConville has been married to Sue McConville for 26 years and they have three children, Katelyn (15), Colin (19), and James Robert (21).

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Campaign Announcement

Greetings!

Message to the Members of the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC):

It has been my distinct pleasure to serve, first as a candidate and for two years as Vice Chairman for Budget and Finance, with the dedicated people of the FCRC. I have also valued the opportunity to work closely with Chairman Anthony Bedell, who has been a mentor, teacher, and friend. As I am sure you have heard, Anthony has announced his intention to not seek another term as our Chairman. Please join me in thanking him for his incredible service, hard work and dedication. Anthony has done a tremendous job in establishing the FCRC as a force in Virginia. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

In order to continue to serve the party in which I so strongly believe, I have decided to seek your support to be the next Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.

This is a big job, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I am confident that my leadership experience, my first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing our candidates, and my experience as part of the FCRC Executive Committee will bring great value to our efforts in 2012 and beyond. As a military Veteran, businessman, former Corporate CEO, and community leader, I know how to manage large and diverse organizations and achieve real results. My pledge to you is that I will work tirelessly in the pursuit of the objectives we all share, continue the fine work of the Committee, and dedicate myself to continuous improvement in service of our cause.

We have much work to do to achieve Victory in 2012 and beyond. We have the great people and we have the right message. What we must do is use the foundation rebuilt by Chairman Bedell and continue to grow our committee, increase our resources, and reach out to the many coalitions of like-minded individuals throughout our County. I stand with all of you as we prepare to bring our Republican message to the widest possible audience while supporting our candidates in this critical time for our nation. I would be honored to have your support.

Soon I will be launching a website which will give you the details of my platform, as well as any and all information you will need to know about me to make your decision. More importantly I will reach out to you all personally to discuss your ideas for making our organization even better than it is today. I look forward to these conversations, and to hearing from you between now and our convention.

Thank you for all you do, for your dedication to our cause, and for your amazing efforts on behalf of the people of Fairfax County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and these United States.

Through Growth Comes Victory!

Sincerely,

Jay McConville