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Dianne Blais

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Dianne Blais
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 10
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJames Madison High-school
Bachelor'sMary Washington
Dianne Blais was a 2014 Green party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Virginia.[1] Dianne Blais lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

She was a 2011 Independent candidate for District 40 of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Biography

Blais' professional experience includes working as the vice-president of a privately held company. She earned her B.A. in economics from Mary Washington.

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Blais ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 10th District.[1] Dianne Blais lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Foust 40.4% 89,957
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock 56.5% 125,914
     Libertarian Bill Redpath 1.5% 3,393
     Green Dianne Blais 0.4% 946
     Independent Brad Eickholt 1.1% 2,442
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 258
Total Votes 222,910
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Blais ran in the 2011 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 40. She was defeated by incumbent Tim Hugo in the November 8 general election.[2]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 40 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Hugo Incumbent 74.2% 11,565
     Independent Dianne Blais 25.8% 4,021
Total Votes 15,586

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

Blais' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "Piecemeal measures, such as adding a lane to highways for limited stretches, are being paid for with debt by the current legislature and are not the long-term traffic management solutions we need as a growing state. Light-rail from Haymarket to the Vienna Metro will reduce traffic without adding to the already constant delays and closures that plague our roads"

  • Education

Excerpt: "We need to keep the funding we have in schools, not cutting it like the House of Delegates voted to do last year. Education of our children is the number-one way to expand our economy and make the state more attractive to outsiders looking for a place to live and to do business."

  • Making Your Votes Count

Excerpt: "Currently the state legislatures choose their constituents – they draw their own districts... Redistricting should be done by a nonpartisan commission. If a commission had redistricted the state districts, an estimated $10M would have been saved, and we would have relatively compact, competitive districts."

  • Honest Government

Excerpt: "The average campaign spends hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to win election to a position that pays $17,000 a year. After spending so much more than a legislator is paid, it is little wonder that these legislators have difficulty sticking to a budget. This is why Dianne has decided to run a low-budget campaign focused on issues and voters, not dollars and donors."

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Personal

Blais and her husband have four children and have fostered over one hundred children. Blais has been active in the League of Women Voters and was co-president of Virginia AAUW from 2008-10.

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