Mason Votes

Mason Votes receives award for political engagement

Mason Votes is a student-run organization that promotes political awareness and involvement (photo courtesy of Mason Votes).

Mason Votes, the George Mason University’s student-run political awareness organization, will receive the Democracy Cup Award from the Campus Election Engagement Project. Mason was recognized as one of the top four campuses within Virginia higher education to "engage their campuses and communities in the 2012 election," according to a press release.

"The CEEP is a national organization that tries to educate college campuses and students about the importance of being involved in the democratic process," said Shane Smith, executive director of Mason Votes and senior at the university. "We relied on them for the grant money that we applied [for] and received in order to do the things that made us successful in the end."

Anne Holton, Tim Kaine's wife, visits Mason

Anne Holton, Tim Kaine's wife, visited Mason on Tuesday to campaign for her husband and register students to vote. Democrat Tim Kaine will face Republican George Allen for the Virginia Senate seat this November. The winner will replace retiring senator Democrat James Webb.

76 ballots counted in new University precinct

Signs posted in University Hall direct students to the new polling location in the building. (Jake McLernon)

Only 76 out of 996 registered voters in this year’s election cast ballots in the newly formed University precinct, according to unofficial Election Day returns released by the Fairfax County government.

Fimian concedes to Connolly

It’s now clear who will represent Virginia’s 11th congressional district in the 112th Congress after Republican Keith Fimian officially conceded the election to incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly today.

The race between Connolly and Fimian had been too close to call since election night, even with Connolly having a slight advantage that led him to unofficially declare victory that night.

Mason’s Fairfax campus sits in the 11th congressional district.

Congressional candidates spar at Mason Inn

Candidates from two of Northern Virginia’s congressional races faced-off over lunch at the Mason Inn Tuesday.

With three weeks to go before voters head to the polls, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce hosted the political debates between the candidates for Virginia’s eighth-congressional district and between the candidates for the 11th-district, which includes Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

Fimian touts business experience during Mason visit

The George Mason College Republicans hosted Congressional Candidate Keith Fimian at their meeting Tuesday night.

Fimian, a candidate for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes the Mason campus, spoke about his candidacy for about 20 minutes to a group of 40 people gathered on the third floor of the Johnson Center.

After arriving over a half-hour late, Fimian talked about his experience as a businessman and CEO and how that experience would benefit him if elected to congress.