Patrick Forrest

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Patrick Forrest
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Candidate for
Virginia State Senate
Patrick Forrest was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 32 of the Virginia State Senate. He formerly served as a core member of the Homeland Security Presidential Transition Team in 2008. He worked for the United States Department of Homeland Security from then until March 2011. In 2009, he was appointed to the Fairfax County Public School Board, Business & Advisory Council.

Forrest is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He went on to receive a J.D. from Syracuse University. He also earned his Master of Laws from George Washington University, School of Law.

Forrest is an officer in the United States Coast Guard. He is employed as an instructor at George Washington University and as an attorney.



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

Forrest ran in the 2011 election for Virginia Senate District 32. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and was defeated by incumbent Democrat Janet Howell in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia State Senate, District 32 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanet Howell Incumbent 60.3% 26,026
     Republican Patrick Forrest 39.7% 17,122
Total Votes 43,148


Campaign themes


Forrest's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Education
Excerpt: "As an educator I know that our basic tool of survival is our mind. Everything begins to break down if you don’t have great teachers. Like families, companies don’t want to come :to a state where their kids or employees aren’t getting the best education."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Increasing gas taxes or tolls would be a recipe for disaster. Government has an obligation to build good roads and an efficient transportation system for the nearly 2 million :Virginian jobs that are fully dependent on the state’s transportation network."
  • Economic Recovery
Excerpt: "We need to use all the tools at our disposal to make sure we have a competitive pro-business environment that meets the challenges posed by competing states and emerging :economies like China. My first priority will be to pass legislation that continues to attract and retain businesses that create jobs and put money in people’s pockets."
  • Armed Services
Excerpt: "As a current member of the U.S. Coast Guard I’ve heeded our country’s call to service and I want to continue that call to service as a member of the Virginia Senate. I’ll ensure :that the voices and interest of Virginia’s armed services community are heard."[1]

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