Thank you!

Speaking at the 8th District Republican Convention on Saturday!

Speaking at the 8th District Republican Convention on Saturday!

Dear 8th District Republicans,

Thank you!

I am deeply honored that you elected me to represent you as a Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention! I am even more honored to have placed first.

The last four months of campaigning have been an incredible experience. It has been a pleasure meeting new people and reconnecting with friends from previous campaigns. I got to address and meet with members of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Lee District, Mason District, and Mt. Vernon District Republican Committees; the Commonwealth, Colonial, and Mt. Vernon Republican Women’s Clubs; and other GOP groups across the 8th. And it was wonderful to meet hundreds of you at the Convention on Saturday.

I would like to congratulate my fellow delegates, Bill Cleveland and Charlie Keller; and our alternate delegates, Tom Bolvin, Dan Rinzel, and Erin Anderson. I am looking forward to working with them over the next couple of months and at the convention in Cleveland!

I also extend my sincerest congratulations to the remaining 10 candidates who ran for Delegate for the races they ran: Sam Amber, Jack Blakely, Barbara Bowie-Whitman, Scott Cameron, Gerry Chandler, Ford Chinworth, Doug Faulkner, Michael Maibach, John Scally, and Angie Youngen. It was truly a privilege to meet and chat with all of them at various meetings across the district over the last few months. They conducted themselves with class at all times and they should be proud of the races they ran. We had an incredible field of candidates, and I am looking forward to working with them for our causes and candidates in the years ahead.

I want to recognize the leaders and volunteers who made Saturday’s convention possible: Chris Marston, Mark Kelly, Wayne Kubicki, Jessica Talbert, Scott McGeary, the current and former unit chairs, and the many volunteers who helped with check-in, the elections, and everything else that went into such a successful convention. They did a fantastic job.

The list of people I want to thank individually is too long to include here, and I am continuing to reach out to them individually. But there are a few people I want to thank publicly for their advice, encouragement, dedication, and their friendship: Chris Marston, Magee Whelan, and Tom Bolvin. I also want to thank my mom, Susan, and my dad, Rick, for their unwavering support. And as in all things, to God be the glory.

Moving forward, I will stay in contact with you over the next two months before the convention, and of course, from the convention. I’ll be sending out short surveys on the issues that will be discussed at the convention, such as the rules and the platform, to get your input. And as we get closer to the convention I will send details on how to access the website and phone line that you will be able to use to send me your comments on the convention that I will be checking from the floor.

Please like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter if you have not already. I’ll update those with the latest developments ahead of the convention, and will be using them for live news, videos, and photos from the convention. I’ll also send out updates via email, but I don’t want to spam you, so most will go out via Facebook and Twitter and I’ll only use email for the most important updates and for daily summaries from the convention. You don’t need an account to read my Facebook/Twitter pages!

I’ll send out a survey later this week or early next week on some of the issues being considered at the convention, so look out for that. But first, it’s back to college for me to finish my final exams!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

Tommy Valentine

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