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Democratic Committee Canvasses Neighborhoods for Manassas City Candidate

Richie-Folks is making her first run for an elected office.

Members of the Manassas/Manassas Park Democratic Committee canvassed neighborhoods on Saturday in support of Patricia Richie-Folks, who is running for a seat on the Manassas City Council. The election is set for May 1. 

E.J. Scott, committee chairwoman, said volunteers hoped to hit 1,000 homes in an attempt to generate support for , who is also a local businesswoman. 

“We want to get the word out about Patricia,” Scott said. “The same group has been running things in the city for a while and we think another voice needs to be heard. Someone who can bring a different voice.” 

Richie-Folks, a local business manager who lives in the Haydon precinct, has focused her campaign on economic development in the city. The city needs to do a better job in attracting new businesses and supporting those now in the city. A vibrant business community provides the tax base and resources necessary to better fund education, public safety and all the core services that local government provides, Richie-Folks said. 

“I believe I’m going to win,” she said, “because I think the community is ready for a change. People want to see a new direction and I can offer a perspective that is different from the one now held by the council."

For example, the council should move ahead and implement the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan which was adopted in 2008, but has since languished. The city should embrace and support sections which are unique to the community, like the old town area, she said. 

“We need to get rid of the empty spaces and get them filled with new businesses,” she said. 

Also, Richie-Folks pointed out that the Manassas Airport is underutilized and she would support efforts to attract new airline related enterprises.  

Richie-Folks, who has lived in Northern Virginia for the past five years, said this is her first run for elected office. However, she did work as a legislative assistant while she lived in Florida and is familiar with how government works.

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Isaac Cohen April 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Mr. Harrison, you are misinformed. Ms Richie-Folks has lived in the area for about 5 years. As for serving on committees and boards, we all know that the committees and boards in Manassas City are a “closed shop” so to speak. You probably have never met Ms. Richie-Folks and therefore have no idea of her leadership skils, and believe me she has them. She will be in touch with the pulse of the people because she will continue to be in communication with them, not just drive through the neighborhoods in a car and then hope that our problems will go away. And oh by the way, you conservatives should not throw stones. Republican Dick Black who now sits in the VA Senate moved three times in order to be able to live in a place where he could run for the seat he has now. (Yes, the same Dick Black that handed out small plastic fetuses on the floor of the House of Delegates when he served in that elected body. Yes, that Dick Black!) Yes, we can do better than that AND WE HAVE!! Vote Patricia Richie-Folks!!
Jeff April 24, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Mr. Cohen is guilty of typical liberal tactics - if you can't defend your position, change the subject and attack. Yeah, that makes a convincing argument for Richie-Folks. Not!
Isaac Cohen April 24, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jeff, if you think that's what I did then you obviously did not read my first sentences. First of all, there is misinformation about when Ms. Richie-Folks moved to the area as I addressed in my post. Second, the committees and boards positions are kept for those in the city who are considered to be "the right kind of people" Those words have actually been spoken to people who have made application for positions. Third, I doubt that you or Mr. Harrison have any idea of her leadershiop qualities since you do not know her. She was a small business owner and also a legislative assistant to a lawmaker at one time. We all know the tremendous amount of responsibility that a legislative assistant has on their shoulders and they demonstrate leadershiop every day.
Patricia Richie-Folks April 24, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Thank you Mr Cohen. As you mentioned I have been in the Manassas area for 5 going on 6 years and I tried to serve on committees of the city and was interviewed and was told that they were looking for "the right kind of people". I guess it wasn't me because I never heard from them again. So in order to serve I decided to run for City Council so that I can be a voice for all of the people not just the "right kind of people" As you mentioned, I have owned my own business which was in construction and was President of the Board of Directors for a volunteer organization for 3 years and worked as a legislatiave assistant to a State Senator. I am now business manager for a local ethnic newspaper that serves the Northern VA, Washington, DC and Maryland areas. Once elected I will be a voice an serve all of the people and communities of this wonderful city that I have made my home.
Jeff April 24, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Beware readers Mr. Cohen is now pulling out another common excuse from the liberal bag of tricks - claiming Rich Folks is a "victim." If that was truly the case I'm sure Rich Folks can show evidence of applications to positions she has been denied. Also notice in his 12:52 PM response he fails to address how he changed the subject and attacked in the last paragraph of his 8:58 AM comment.

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