West Springfield High School Renovations

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West Springfield High School looks the same as it did when I went there in the late 70s. Air Conditioning is the only thing that has been added.   It is in such poor shape that some bathrooms don’t work, a ceiling caved in and had to repaired, and most classrooms are unable to handle the needs of modern technology for science and computer labs.

About six years ago, with the help of local parents, a group of elected officials who are WSHS graduates (myself, Supervisor Pat Herrity, Clerk of Court John Frey, and others) began a project of promoting the renovation of WSHS to the Fairfax County School Board. Four years ago, we successfully got the architectural and engineering money. The plans are all complete, and now that the bond passed on Election Day, construction can begin!

A County cannot borrow money without authority from its voters. Fairfax County only borrows up to 3% of its budget so that it can maintain its AAA bond rating (the best bond rating that is awarded).[1] Both construction costs and interest rates are at historical lows, so building WSHS now is less expensive than waiting to do the project in the future. In short, now is the best time to get it done!

Thanks to you, and your votes on Election Day – WEST SPRINGFIELD WILL FINALLY BE RENOVATED!

[1] So that your taxes are not increased to fund bond projects, Fairfax County keeps its debt at very low levels. Furthermore, since interest rates and construction costs are at historical lows, it is actually less expensive to borrow money and construct now, rather than wait and build later when costs are higher. (Note: Under the County’s budget program, to assure a AAA bond rating, the County’s net long-term debt can not to exceed 3% of the total market value of taxable real and personal property in the County. The County also provides that annual debt service be kept below 10% of annual combined General Fund spending, and that bond sales shall not exceed an average principal amount of $275 million per year, or $1.375 billion over 5 years).

I would be honored to have your vote on Tuesday, November 3!

Friends & Neighbors,

As you may know, I am really not into “politics”. Don’t get me wrong, I am a proud Republican because I believe in personal responsibility, that our Government exists to give people opportunities (a hand up rather than a hand out), that the best government is a small frugal Government that keeps taxes low, and that violent criminals need to be in prisons and not in our neighborhoods. What I mean by not being into “politics” is that I don’t like “gotcha” games, “tit for tat” arguments, and complaints rather than actions.

I think what we want from our Government is getting our roads paved, getting in-state slots at our state colleges, delivering money to our schools so we have smaller class sizes, keeping Virginia taxes low, taking care of those who are truly unable care for themselves, and having no tolerance for violent criminals. I am a guy who grew up here, lives here, and is just trying to make our neighborhood the best place in America to live, work and raise a family. I put people above politics in order to get things done. And I think I am doing a good job!  By reducing spending to 2007 levels and concentrating on vital government services, Virginia has gotten through this Recession better than most other states.  Virginia is ranked in the top 10 for:

  • Best State for Business (Forbes Magazine)
  • Best States to Make a Living (Money-Rates.com)
  • Pro-Business Ranking (Pollina.com).
  • 8th lowest combined state and local tax rate in the U.S. (50 States Combined Tax Burden Study: Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission)

If you are looking for a politician who focuses on grabbing headlines, then you shouldn’t vote for me.

If you are looking for results, I am your legislator.  For example, here are some of my bills you may not be unaware of:

    • Co-Author of the bill which bans smoking in restaurants.
    • Chief-Patron of the bill banning signs (e.g. “work at home”, “clean your gutters”, and even political signs) from the sides and medians of our roads.
    • Inventor of the financing mechanism which, in conjunction with local parents’ land swap idea, built South County High School.
    • Sponsored the bill that gives parents the legal protections to acquire medication to help alleviate their children’s seizures. (For more information, watch the NBC Dateline story, “Growing Hope,” linked on my website.
    • Passed a law to help victims of internet defamation fight back against the individuals who defamed them
    • Author of the language that made animal fighting (e.g. dog fighting) a felony. I also made it a felony to abuse pets by purposefully withholding food, water and shelter. (The United States Humane Society gave me their Humane State Legislator Award.
    • Author of many of Virginia’s anti-gang laws that make recruitment into gangs a felony and give mandatory prison time for gang crimes near schools.

The House of Delegates is a part-time legislature. I would be honored to return to Richmond this winter and represent you.  As I always say, I don’t go to Richmond “to do what Dave Albo wants to do.” Rather I go to do what you me to do.

Below is a summary of what I will be working on for you in the future.  If you like it, please come vote for me on Tuesday.

Improving our economy by making government work!  Good jobs are created by businesses, and businesses are attracted to states with governments that get the job done. There are no Virginia government shutdowns.  My fellow Virginia legislators and I deliver balanced budgets every year by reducing government spending to 2007 levels, cutting the fluff, concentrating on the delivery of vital government services, and remembering the word “compromise.” I will always work to deliver an on-time balanced budget – something our Federal Government can’t do.

Keeping taxes low to put more money in your pocket and create jobs.  Over the past two decades of service to you, I have reduced taxes by eliminating the tax on pharmaceuticals, cutting the food tax in half, and reducing the car tax by1/3.  Low taxes leave more money in your pocket to take care of you and your family, and create more jobs as businesses are attracted to states with low taxes.  I will work to keep Virginia one of the lowest tax states in the U.S. (We currently have the 8th lowest combined State and local tax rate in the U.S.)

Reducing congestion on our roads to get you to work and back home to see your family. I was the co-author of Virginia’s Transportation Plan that guarantees 100% of the money raised in NOVA stays in NOVA and is used exclusively for transportation.  In addition to what I already helped deliver (e.g. the Mixing Bowl, Fairfax Co. Pkwy., widening Rt. 123, Beltway and I-95), this plan will repave streets, widen roads, and build new mass transit. (We know it is working because Old Keene Mill Rd. was finally repaved.  Rt. 1 and Mt Vernon Hwy were re-aligned, Rt. 1 is being widened, and coming soon – the widening of Rolling Road from Old Keene Mill Rd. to the Fairfax County Pkwy!)

Funding top quality schools with small class sizes. Great schools give kids access to good jobs and entry into quality colleges and universities. I led all NOVA Delegates (Republican and Democrat) to work as a team to acquire an additional $816/student/year for our Fairfax schools over the past five years. As a former Fairfax County public school student myself, and as a parent to a fourth grader in our local Fairfax County schools, you can be assured that I will continue to work for our neighborhoods’ children.

Creating more in-state slots at our Virginia colleges and universities. By working with college Presidents and other legislators, I helped get UVA, W&M, JMU, CNU, GMU, VCU, and VA Tech to collectively add 3,500 new in-state slots over the past two years. And I am not done!

For more information on me and what I’m working on for you, please visit to www.DaveAlbo.org. Also, you can always reach me by phone at (703) 451-3555 or by e-mail at Dave@DaveAlbo.com.

It’s an honor to represent you!

Dave Albo

Article on Monday’s Virginia’s Commission on Parole Review

I wanted to share a recent article from The Daily Press about Monday’s Virginia’s Commission on Parole Review meeting in Richmond.

Here’s a sneak peak:

“Actually re-instating parole would fall to the General Assembly, and the GOP majority in the House has made it clear that will not happen. Del. Dave Albo, a commission member and chairman of the House’s Committee on Criminal Justice, laid that bare yet again during Monday’s meeting.

“There is no way, impossible, will never happen, we will never bring back parole,” said Albo, R-Springfield.”


Dave Albo Delegado Estatal

Pie de foto:

Dave creció en West Springfield (Rolling Valley Elem. – WSHS). Dave, Rita y Ben viven en South County Area, ¡y Ben iniciará el cuarto grado este año en nuestra Escuela del Condado de Fairfax.

Luchando contra los excesivos aumentos de impuestos.

En sus 22 años de lucha contra impuestos excesivos ha:

  • Reducido el impuesto a automóviles. (Actualmente usted disfruta de una reducción de impuestos de $630 en automóviles de $20,000.)
  • Reducido el impuesto a comidas a la mitad.
  • Eliminado el impuesto a medicamentos.
  • Creado un “Impuesto para Ventas de Vacaciones” para ropa y útiles escolares.
  • Virginia es el octavo estado con la más baja combinación de impuestos locales y estatales en USA.

Cumpliendo con nuestras escuelas de Fairfax.

Más fondos estatales para las escuelas de Fairfax. A pesar de la recesión Dave Albo ha ayudado a asegurar fondos estatales adicionales para nuestas escuelas. En los últimos cinco años, Dave dirigió el exitoso esfuerzo para conseguir $816.00 más para cada estudiante del Condado de Fairfax.

Mejorando nuesta economia – Un gobierno más pequeño y eficiente.

Nuestro elegado estatal Dave Albo, nos está ayudando a superar esta recesión al reducir los gastos gubernamentales a niveles del 2007. Como resultado de esto, los ciudadanos cuentan en sus bolsillos con más del dinero que duramente han ganado, y esto ha hecho que la economía de Virginia crezca. Virginia se encuentra en los 10 mejores lugares :

  • “Mejor estado para hacer negocios” – Forbes Magazine; CNBC
  • “Mejor estado para ganarse la vida” – moneyrates.com
  • “Rankinf pro-negocios” – Pollina.com

Logrando que nuestros estudiantes entren a universidades de Virginia.

Dave está trabajando para lograr que tus hijos entren a univesidades de Virginia. Dave logró que UVA, W&M, JMU, CNU; GMU y VA colectivamente agreguen 3,500 nuevos espacios para estudiantes del estado en los últimos 5 años.

Construyendo carreteras y vías ferroviarias.

Dave es co-autor de la Propuesta de Ley de Transporte de 2013.

Ampliar carreteras, repavimentar calles, mejorar Fairfax Co. Pkwy… 100% de lo recaudado en NOVA! se queda en NOVA!

Rolling Road and Greeley Blvd. Intersection

With the new Rolling Road widening project on the table, I have received many requests for a  new traffic light at the intersection of Rolling and Greeley Blvd. Attached below is a response from VDOT after I asked that the traffic light be included in the project plans.

As always, please call me if you have any questions or would like any more information.




JLARC Releases Annual Report on State Spending

Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) released a report that highlighted the General Assembly’s responsible spending and the continued growth of Medicaid in Virginia. The report showed that general fund spending declined by 5% over the last 10 years when adjusted for population and inflation, and that Medicaid spending remains the largest and fastest growing part of the state budget.

The budget has two parts: the General Fund and the Non-General Fund. The General Fund is the discretionary budget.  This is where your income tax, most of your sales tax, and corporate tax goes, and our elected officials decide what to fund in government.  This pays mostly for the state share of Medicaid, Welfare, Parks, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Police, Prisons, and our Courts.

The other part of the budget, the Non-General Fund, is non-discretionary.  This is for all funds that are charged for specific purposes (e.g. your gas tax and titling tax goes to transportation, so it is non-discretionary.)  Besides transportation, other examples of non-discretionary General Fund budget items are college tuition, child support that is collected from parents who aren’t supporting their children by the state, the Federal share of Medicaid, fishing license fees that are designated to parks, DMV fees that are designated to run the DMV centers, Federal Grants, etc. We keep these funds separate because legislators by law, have no choice over how to spend Non-General Fund dollars.  All the money is for a designated purpose.

This report shows that your legislators in the General Assembly are spending taxpayer dollars effectively by balancing budgets and making tough decision. While Virginia is on a sensible fiscal path, there are warning signs with respect to Medicaid growth. Medicaid remains the fastest growing part of our general fund budget, growing by 79% over the last 10 years. Medicaid accounts for 54% of all general fund growth. Our current Medicaid program is already on an unsustainable path, and I believe an expansion would only make it worse.

The entire report can be found online at http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt475.pdf.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic violence succeeds when we’re silent. October is an opportunity for everyone to speak out against domestic violence.

Facts about domestic violence:

  • More than 12 million men and women become victims of domestic violence each year.
  • One in four women and one in seven women will experience severe physical violence from a spouse or partner during their lifetimes.
  • Approximately two-thirds of all domestic violence incidents occur at home.
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.
  • More than three million children each year are witnesses to domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
  • In 2014, Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Agencies responded to 71, 091 hotline calls, provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 20,096 victims of domestic violence, including 3,996 children and 7,227 victims of sexual violence, including 1,822 children, and provided emergency shelter to 5,958 people.

Virginia’s record:

  • The General Assembly has passed more than 36 pieces of legislation over the last 10 years aimed at combatting domestic violence.
  • In 2015, the General Assembly passed a series of changes to combat sexual and domestic violence on college campuses, including legislation to strengthen reporting requirements, require colleges to work with local crisis centers, require campus police to notify local law enforcement, and create a state advisory committee for sexual and domestic violence.
  • In 2014, the General Assembly appropriated $3.1 million for domestic violence prevention, treatment and other services.

Why you should vote for the school board


Severe Weather Alert!

Severe weather is expected to impact our area tomorrow. Please tune in to local media for updates on the storm, road conditions and school closings and delays. And most importantly — stay safe!

Forecasters as expecting as much as 8 to 10″ of rain over the next 48 hours, and there is a possibility that Hurricane Joaquin will impact Virginia by early next week.

Here are some resources you may find useful:

Dominion: (1-866-366-4357) – https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-virginia-power/outage-center/report-and-check-outages

Road Conditions: www.511virginia.org

Ready Virginia Mobile App: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/additional-resources/mobileapp

General Emergency Planning Tips: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan

Verizon: To report an outage call 1-800-837-4966.

Cox: To report an outage call 703-378-8422.

Washington Gas: If you smell gas, or in the event of a natural gas emergency, leave the area immediately and call 911 and Washington Gas at 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520.

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I’m happy to announce that I’ve been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association. I look forward to continuing my work to support our small business owners, families, and employees. Thanks NFIB!