Election Day

We met voters from all parties at 10 different polling places today. The positivity and good nature coming from everyone has been amazing! 

Charles finally got his chance to vote today. It's a beautiful day, go out and vote!

EVERYONE is welcome to come out to Texas Jack's tonight to hang out with Charles and watch the results come in. Starting at 6:30pm. It's been a long election year, let's relax and enjoy ourselves.


The Telegraph Interview

It is the biggest unpopularity contest in America’s recent history with sixty percent of voters now viewing Hillary Clinton unfavorably while opponent Donald Trump offends fifty-eight.  
But not to be forgotten on November 8 is the election of some 450 Congressmen to the US House of Representatives.

For first-time Republican candidate Charles Hernick running in northern Virginia’s heavily Democratic District 8, November 8 will be “a sad day for American voters because they have been let down by the system". 

"They will be voting against Donald Trump or against Hillary Clinton, not for someone. Whoever gets into the White House will have a diminished mandate to govern,” the 35-year-old explains.

According to conventional campaign wisdom, Mr Hernick’s standard bearer should be Mr Trump. But for the environmental consultant and would-be Congressman a President Trump would be like having Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi in the White House. 

“The President is supposed to be a role model for the country. But Donald Trump has brought the bar so low that he’s making Hillary Clinton look like a shining star.  When, in fact, a Hillary Clinton presidency is already damaged goods,” he said.

And the goods were even more damaged on Friday by the FBI’s bombshell decision to reopen the Clinton home-brew server investigation.  

For Mr Hernick, it is “super concerning”. “If Hillary wins, her Presidency will be immediately hobbled by these ongoing investigations and email leaks. Both candidates are stumbling and struggling to get to the finish line. It's bad for America to have a president assume office having nearly exhausted the American people's bandwidth for scandal. Hillary already had a trust problem. And with the new inquiries... it's is all bad news for her campaign,” he said

But despite the presidential “race to the bottom”, Mr Hernick’s campaign spirit seems undaunted. And why shouldn’t it be when his true role model is Republican President Theodore Roosevelt.  

Roosevelt’s oft-quoted advice to “do what you can, with what you have, where you are” was the inspiration behind the thirty-five year old throwing his hat in Virginia-8’s ring

An environmental consultant with an international practice, Mr Hernick has special concern about climate change and noted that his Democratic opponent did not show up at the public forum to debate him on this issue.  

Last week he received an endorsement from former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, now a resident of Virginia, who said: "Charles' background and experiences around the world make him the type of candidate we need to represent Virginia's 8th Congressional District."

Mr Hernick says Mrs Fiorina’s support is important because “I view her as one of the top tier people offering leadership in the Republican Party. She accepts the science on climate change and is willing to discuss how to solve the problem.”

Mr Hernick does have fears about Mr Trump having access to America’s nuclear code or Mrs Clinton being asleep at the time of another Benghazi-type attack, but he takes heart in the fact that he is running for a different branch of government, noting “the (US) Constitution says that Congress authorises military interventions and decides who America’s enemies are”.  

The race has had its inspiring moments such as a campaign fundraiser, held by a gay married couple in their Virginia home. European Union Ambassador David O’Sullivan requested to attend as an observer only. “It was a great feel good moment,” says Mr Hernick. “We discussed real issues not personalities and the Ambassador seemed impressed by the people from different ethnic groups, the LGBTQ community, men and women, young and old who attended the fundraiser.”.......


The Alexandria Times Interview

Charles Hernick looks to shape things up in run for Congress

By Chris Teale

In his campaign for Virginia’s 8th congressional district, Republican candidate Charles Hernick said he believes the current crop of politicians can do better, and that their constituents expect more.

The Arlington resident said he sees the frustration people have watching a bruising presidential race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, and a Congress that has relied on a slew of continuing resolutions to prevent government shutdowns after repeatedly failing to pass a federal budget.

And Hernick said, if elected, he would look to shake things up.

“I’m running as a change agent with an explicit focus on a couple of different issues that I think we can move the needle on that I think people are uniformly concerned with across the congressional district,” he said. “I’m very encouraged by how I’ve been received. It’s good, and it’s moving. We expect more and people can make change.”

Hernick is challenging first-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D) in a district that includes the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, Arlington County and portions of Fairfax County.

Also on the ballot is Independent Julio Gracia, while Mike Webb, whom Hernick defeated in the district Re- publican Party’s nominating convention May 7, is running a write-in campaign.

One of Hernick’s top priorities is to get the economy moving by creating the right conditions for small businesses to open and grow. He said this is imperative, given that small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs. By simplifying the tax filing system for small businesses, Hernick said owners could spend more time on the “business of their business” and less on preparing their taxes.

He said lowering the corporate tax rate to 25 percent would allow American companies to be more competitive with their European counterparts and bring it in line with the averages of 34 members of the worldwide Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a fo- rum for market economies to work together.

“What I find is that there’s no shortage of people that are interested in starting a small business,” Hernick said. “The shortage comes through when people start learning what it takes to do the small business, then they back out of it. That’s discouraging.”

With the federal government as one of the 8th district’s major employers, Hernick said there is an opportunity to modernize its operations, especially with the impending retirement of many baby boomers. Hernick said he is not as concerned with eliminating agencies, but instead incentivizing employees finding a way to operate efficiently.

 Hernick and Volunteers at Campaign Headquarters

Hernick and Volunteers at Campaign Headquarters

Instead of the so-called “use it or lose it” system where unspent money from agency budgets is taken away the following year, Hernick said employees should get financial bonuses for finding ways to save their agency money and be more efficient.

On national security, Hernick criticized Beyer and the current Congress, who he said have failed to effectively check the growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Middle East and the resurgence of al Qaeda in North Africa.

“Congressman Beyer was an ambassador, but he’s absolutely misunderstood and dropped the ball when it comes to being articulate about the terrorist threat,” Hernick said. “He said that in two years, ISIS will be gone, the way of al Qaeda. The truth is that over the last six months, al Qaeda has picked up strength and recruits from ISIS and is in fact stronger in Syria than they were before.”

Instead, Hernick said he wants to see the American military be better equipped and have a clear mission with an authorization of use of military force by Congress, and that officials engage more with the U.S.’s natural allies in unstable regions.

“We need to use that authorization so that the executive branch is well founded and has very specific mandates from Congress in terms of how it’s going to approach ISIS or radical Islamic terror wherever it exists,” he said “[The] reason for that is very specific. If we don’t define the terms of our engagement, our enemy defines them for us.”

Locally, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s safety concerns weigh heavily. And while Metrorail has undertaken its SafeTrack program to do three years of rebuilding and maintenance in one year, Hernick said the effort does not go far enough.

He said he wants to see the federal government play a greater role, given that the system transports so many federal employees to work, and that public-private partnerships should be sought to expand the system so there are more than the two tracks currently available, and maintain it.




The Arlington Connection Interview

Arlington: The Unconventional Race

8th District election pits Beyer against Hernick.

By Vernon Miles

Tuesday, October 18, 2016         

(Correction from the Campaign: Charles' chief political inspiration is is Teddy Roosevelt, not Bobby Kennedy. Although Charles and Bobby have similar hair.)

While the nation chooses between two Presidential candidates of extreme political and temperamental differences, voters in Virginia’s 8th District face a different kind of decision. As Democratic U.S. Rep. Don Beyer runs for reelection, he faces opposition from an un-Trump-like Republican candidate.

Republican candidate Charles Hernick meets at Commonwealth Joe’s, a coffee shop in Pentagon City so new it hasn’t even had its official opening. It’s populated almost exclusively by millennials, and Hernick fits right in. When asked about the political issues that matter to them, the students and baristas at Commonwealth Joe’s all answer that climate change and combating student debt are their key voting issues. It’s a liberal atmosphere, but that doesn’t stop Hernick from trying to win them over.

Hernick represents a new kind of Republican opponent for Beyer. Hernick was 8 years old when Beyer was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia. Like many younger voters in the district, Hernick moved to the area to work in consulting, focusing on economics and environmental work domestically and internationally in his work with The Cadmus Group. Hernick represents a new generation of Republicans, one more inclusive and free market focused than the GOP at the top of the ticket.

“Republicans in Northern Virginia are a very different breed from those that put Donald Trump on the ballot,” said Hernick.

There’s a 30 year age difference between the two candidates, but in many ways their ideological stances aren’t very far removed. Hernick is a Republican whose chief political inspiration is Bobby Kennedy. He's progressive on social issues, last week earning the endorsement of the Log Cabin Republicans. One of his top campaign priorities is combatting climate change that Hernick says is absolutely caused by people.

But beneath those similarities, Hernick is still true-red. When a student at the coffee shop brings up debt forgiveness and free college, Hernick braces himself to deliver an unpopular answer for many millennial voters.

“Where is free college going to come from?” asks Hernick. “We can increase our taxes on corporations but they will move abroad. Corporations are already fleeing higher taxes to places like Ireland. I’m troubled by the idea of free college tuition.”

Instead, Hernick says the government needs to try and focus on fixing the fundamentals of the economy to ensure that graduates have decently paying jobs to pay back their debt. By improving the health of business, Hernick says a stronger commercial tax base can help finance government subsidies to public colleges.

Hernick also says the country needs to rework bankruptcy to eliminate student debt. Currently, student debt doesn’t go away when someone files for bankruptcy.

Hernick says he disagrees with many climate change deniers in the Republican leadership.

“I’ve been telling Republicans that they’re doomed if they can’t work on climate change issues,” said Hernick. “People want to see action.”

But while Hernick’s beliefs on the subject are closer to Beyer’s there’s still disagreement between the two. Hernick opposes Beyer’s proposed carbon tax, saying that Republicans will never agree to it. Hernick favors cap and trade measures, specifically starting with the trade side to ease other Republicans into the idea as financially sound.

“The far-right is worried about damage to the economy with [climate change-preventative measures], so we start with trade,” said Hernick. “That won’t hurt the economy, it will help build renewable energy, and it’s something we can get passed within two years.”

Hernick also says workplace efficiency within the federal government has to be a priority for any member of Congress in the 8th District.

“The kind of inefficiency that resulted in the Metro issue and the [current situation] at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs plagues the federal workplace,” said Hernick. “A whole batch of millennials are looking at government work but are leaving this area because it’s not a good place to work. There’s hiring freezes and incompetent employees are impossible to fire. We’re losing a lot of good young talent.”

Hernick says he disagrees with the conventional wisdom that Virginia, even Northern Virginia, is a guaranteed Democratic win. At a local level, Hernick says he drew a lot of inspiration from Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt’s election and subsequent reelection to the overwhelmingly Democratic Arlington County Board.

“He built a fiscal platform with a broad coalition,” said Hernick. “He won because he focused on the issues that matter. We’re one of the youngest and most diverse areas of the country. If I can get my message out, I can win.”


Hernick Releases plan to Combat Climate Change

Addressing climate change with a pro-growth free-market framework


Emissions market standardization would ... create a framework for eliminating inefficiencies in state, local, and regional energy credit and emissions markets through standardization (i.e., establishing common trading units). This will help project developers  achieve economies of scale and and help communities mitigate climate change.

Background: Nine Northeastern states and California have established greenhouse gas cap-and-trade systems and dozens of states and municipalities have established renewable energy credit (REC) markets to achieve climate change goals. While effective to-date, these local and regional markets are inefficient because of their small-scale and different trading units.

… be good for business in Northern Virginia and across the US. Many companies voluntarily offset emissions or participate in carbon markets and more and more shareholders demand that climate risk be factored into corporate decision-making. By creating market standards, barriers for small businesses to engage these markets will be reduced and the door to additional markets (i.e., emissions trading systems) in Europe and China can open.

… support a “free-market, all of the above” approach to energy. We need to keep all options open for affordable, reliable energy. Charles supports nuclear power, the Keystone XL pipeline, and the development of Virginia's offshore energy resources with the full implementation of existing environmental and social safeguards. We need to continue to allow the market to put forward the best solutions to energy problems and protect individuals’ rights. Emissions market standardization would keep all options on the table and allow people and markets to choose.

… support local efforts. Charles is proud that Arlington County, the City of Alexandria, and Fairfax County are among the communities that have led the way to measure emissions, reduce energy use, and avoid or capture greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions market standardization would help our local governments meet their existing goals and scale up their successes.         

As a voluntary program, this proposal DOES NOT: establish a cap for greenhouse gas emissions, establish mandates for state or corporations. This proposal DOES: protect the rights of states, and create a framework for job creation in innovation hubs like Northern Virginia.

Don Beyer has failed to take any action on what he calls “the single most important issue of our time”. His Federal carbon tax ignores the good work that has already been done by states and would disproportionately hurt small businesses

From March 15, 2014 Press Release ... “Don Beyer today announced his support for a progressive carbon tax in order to fight climate change, spur green energy, and heighten consumer consciousness on this critical issue. The most effective way of reducing carbon emissions is to put a tax on carbon pollution,” Beyer said.  “This is the single most important issue of our time and we need to act.  We owe it to our children and grandchildren.””

Don Beyer supports the Clean Power Plan despite lawsuits by 24 states arguing the regulation is unprecedented executive overreach

From August 3, 2015 Press Release … “Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will combat this threat to our health, safety, and security of the generations who will inherit our environmental legacy," said Rep. Don Beyer

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Log Cabin Repub's Endorse Hernick

Log Cabin Republicans PAC Announces First Wave of 2016 Endorsements


Washington, D.C. — Today Log Cabin Republicans announced its Board of Directors has issued the first wave of endorsements for its federal political action committee (PAC) in the 2016 election cycle, including two candidates — Paul Babeu and Clay Cope — who are poised to make history as the first openly gay non-incumbent Republicans to be elected to the United States House of Representatives.

“These candidates for elected office represent the future of the GOP — strong, pro-equality Republicans with a winning message and a viable path to victory in November,” Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo stated. “LCR PAC will be working from now until Election Day to ensure these common-sense conservatives take their rightful place in the GOP congressional caucus as part of an inclusive Republican majority.”

The endorsed candidates are:

Sheriff Paul Babeu (R-AZ)
First Selectman Clay Cope (R-CT)
Justin Fareed (R-CA)
John Faso (R-NY)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Charles Hernick (R-VA)
Amie Hoeber (R-MD)
Brent Sonnek-Schmelz (R-NJ)
Dr. Kenneth Wright (R-CA)

“I’m very proud to have earned the Log Cabin Republicans endorsement. I’m proud to support Log Cabin Republicans. We have a shared commitment to equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all individuals.” Charles Hernick

October 14th: Wine Tasting with Charles Hernick and Ed Gillespie

Heather and Christopher Reams
invite you to a wine tasting with
Charles Hernick
Republican Candidate for US House of Representatives - Virginia’s 8th District
with special guest
Ed Gillespie

RSVP with a ticket purchase

Young Republican: $25
Individual: $50
Couple: $90
Sponsor: $200
Patron: $500
VIP: $1,000

Where: At the home of Heather Reams
5425 Grist Mill Woods Way, Alexandria, VA 22309
in Alexandria, Virginia
When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00-9:30pm

Child care will be available on-site

Click HERE to Download Event Invitation/Flyer

October 13th: An evening with Charles Hernick and Gov. George Allen

Mario Castillo and David Hutchison
★ Phil Hernick ★ Tanveer Kathawalla ★

invite you to an evening reception for
Charles Hernick
with special guest
Governor George Allen

RSVP with a ticket purchase

Individual: $250
Couple: $400
Patron: $500
Co-Chair: Give or help raise $1,000
VIP: $2,000

Where: At the home of Mario Castillo and David Hutchison

2474 Belmont Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

(street parking is available and secure)

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Click HERE to download and Event Invitation/Flyer