Caren Merrick

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Caren Merrick
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Candidate for
Virginia Senate District 31
Personal website
Caren Merrick was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 31 of the Virginia State Senate.

Merrick has worked in both the private sector and the non-profit area. She co-founded webMethods, an enterprise software company.



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Merrick ran in the 2011 election for Virginia Senate District 31. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and was defeated by Democrat Barbara Favola in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia State Senate, District 31 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Favola 58.2% 24,349
     Republican Caren Merrick 41.8% 17,484
Total Votes 41,833


Campaign themes


Merrick's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "I believe in the virtue of businesses, from the small family business, to early stage start-ups, to mid-size and large companies. We need more elected public servants who celebrate the ingenuity and creativity of individuals who want to start and grow businesses."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "As an entrepreneur, I have always strived to do more with less, manage investors' money wisely and frugally, and maintain a balanced and sustainable budget. I will apply those same principles to taxpayers’ money and the state budget in Richmond."
  • Transportation Solutions
Excerpt: "Poor government oversight and planning have kept vital funds from our roads and transportation infrastructure. Too often the pet projects of career politicians receive funding while worthy projects that would relieve congestion languish on the drawing board."
  • Improving Education
Excerpt: "Improving education is critical to the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the future of our children."


Merrick and her husband, Phillip, have two sons.

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