Charles Hernick officially announces his candidacy for US Representative of Virginia's 8th congressional district


Charles Hernick will address the Alexandria Republican Party meeting tonight to introduce himself as a candidate for US Representative for Virginia's 8th congressional district. Charles is running an issue-based campaign that is focusing on strengthening the economy, reinvesting in national defense, and modernizing the Federal government.

Over the last week Charles Hernick filed with the Federal Election Commission, filed with the 8th District Republican Committee--to seek the GOP nomination--and he announced his candidacy at the Arlington County Republican Committee meeting.

Charles is an international environmental consultant with over a decade of experience working at the crossroads of economic development and environment. He has worked with the private sector and state governments across the United States and led projects in over a dozen countries worldwide.

In his remarks last Wednesday, Charles said “to keep the local economy strong we need to do all we can to maintain free trade and free markets and ensure that the conditions are right for the small businesses and startups that are fundamental to our economy.” Charles added “we need to end The Sequester and modernize and reinvest in our national defense system. The current political establishment has proven that they cannot. Our diplomatic efforts will be more successful with a strong military and keep our country safe.”

Charles started exploring a run in 2015 after discussions with friends, co-workers, clients, and community leaders kept returning to the need for action to change the status quo on a few issues. He decided to run after consulting with his family and closest friends.

“The federal government plays a huge role in this community. Regardless of political party and whether they are direct federal employees or not, people are interested making government more efficient. Folks are looking for accountable, responsive, and limited government that rewards top performing civil servants and establish systems to support innovation--especially with regard to information technology. The status quo isn’t good enough.”

The Alexandria GOP meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm at Minnie Howard School at 3801 West Braddock Road, Alexandria.