11th District Republicans Nominate Suzanne Scholte for Congress

Springfield, VA — By acclamation, the delegates to Virginia’s 11th Congressional District Republican Convention selected Suzanne Scholte to be our party’s nominee. Her two rivals for the party nomination, Gerry Geddes and Mike Litzelman, immediately and graciously endorsed Scholte.

“Suzanne Scholte is a highly impressive candidate. She has spent years helping victims of oppression; she has proven herself to be an effective leader in both the public and the private sector; she has a deep understanding of a broad array of issues; and she is well-respected around the world. In a tough environment for Democrats, I’m sure Gerry Connolly cannot be happy about Suzanne’s nomination,” said 11th District Republican Chairman Terry Wear.

Suzanne is the President of the Defense Forum Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing national security, democracy, freedom, and human rights in a bipartisan fashion. For example, one recent series of forums on cyber-attacks put together by her foundation was attended by staffers for Nancy Pelosi and Ted Cruz.

Her efforts to advance freedom and human rights have not gone unnoticed; she has received several awards for her work, including the Seoul Peace Prize and the Walter Judd Freedom Award. In addition to her international work, she has been active in her local community volunteering as a literacy tutor, newsletter editor for her civic association, and Sunday school teacher.

No stranger to Capitol Hill, Suzanne is ready to lead and will not require any on-the-job training. Before taking the helm of the Defense Forum Foundation, she served as the youngest Congressional chief of staff, and she has testified repeatedly before Congress and the United Nations over the years.

Suzanne has deep roots in Northern Virginia having attended high school here. After graduating from the College of William & Mary, she returned to Northern Virginia to start her career. She is the proud mother of three sons: Chester, Christian, and James; and she recently celebrated thirty years of marriage to her husband Chad.

With her nomination, Suzanne gives voters in the 11th District a stark choice this November: they can either elect Suzanne, a champion for human rights who has spent her life helping others, or they can reelect a “do nothing” partisan who walked out on the families of the Benghazi victims.

You are invited to meet Suzanne this Saturday, May 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Alice Butler-Short’s home.

The Kickoff to Victory Party honoring Ms. Suzanne Scholte, our 11th District nominee to oppose Gerry Connolly, will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the home of Alice Butler Short and her husband Al, at 9103 Wood Spice Lane, Lorton, VA. Former Governor George Allen and his lovely wife Susan will co-host this event.

This Kickoff to Victory Party does not have a suggested donation associated with it. Please come, celebrate with Suzanne, George, Susan, and the rest of us; and contribute a donation in any amount. Lastly, please RSVP to Alice Butler Short at alicebutlershort@gmail.com for this event as soon as possible.