Where is Danny Vargas?

86th district delegate Tom Rust decided not to run again to keep his seat from Jennifer Boysko, who came within a handful of votes of taking it from him in 2013. The 86th is generally considered to be the most left-leaning house district still represented by a Republican. The idea of a meaningful challenger to Boysko’s second run would most likely be illusory, unless that challenger had strong name recognition from the start, an established base, and substantial experience in local campaigns.

According to Eugene Delgaudio, someone named “Danny Vargas” may or may not be that challenger. Delgaudio’s personal Web site includes a page with a plaintive call for others to file before today’s 5:00 pm deadline. Whether or not he hopes Vargas will be the candidate is hard to discern from the two lines Eugene devotes to him:

At present only Danny Vargas of Herndon has announced preparations to file these requirements. He is the likely nominee if no one else files[.]


Hard to tell if that’s an approving remark, or a call for help. When it comes to Republicans and Eugene Delgaudio, you can never presume anything.

The only other report we’ve been able to find regarding a Vargas candidacy is from a source so unreliable that it barely warrants mentioning.

Regardless of the paucity of claims, we’ll know tomorrow if anyone has filed or not. Regardless, further, of whether anyone has filed or not, I’m already pleased by the sound of “Delegate Boysko.”


UPDATE: A Herndon source informs us as follows:

I saw Danny Vargas’s petition at the Herndon Town Council meeting on Tuesday night, carried by Councilman Dave Kirby (license plate IM4GOP). Who knows if that means anything though…

Our source further reports that Mr. Vargas himself was not there. Maybe a last-minute effort to draft him is in the works.

More as we get it.


(And, already, here it is.)


Herndon town council member Grace Han Wolf added some additional info to the story of Mr. Vargas’s potential entry into the race, via Facebook:



I’ve been watching this phenomenon for a long time, now. Wholly earnest people will say they are “ninety-nine percent sure” (or some similar measure) they are going to run, only to realize, at the last minute, that this isn’t the right time to do it. I know nothing of Mr. Vargas, personally, but I would tell him what I have told potential candidates from both parties, for years: if you don’t feel that fire in your belly, then this ain’t the thing for you.

Kudos, by the way, to the Herndon councilors for signing his petition, regardless of party. I’ve signed petitions for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. In a way, I particularly enjoy signing for Republicans, because I get to tell them, “I won’t vote for you, but I believe in more than one name being on the ballot, so tell everyone I signed your petition because I’m pro-choice.”

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5 thoughts on “Where is Danny Vargas?”

  1. Well, I guess that answers the question that is the topic of this post. Someone might want to tell him that Reston is in the 36th district, though.

    A week ago, he appears to have taken out vargasfordelegate.com. Here’s a screencap as it is today, after that announcement:

    Not very original, but I understand that Republicans are traditionalists.

  2. A reliable source actually did just tell me that Mr. Vargas has, today, filed. My confidence in Jennifer Boysko remains at the same high level. All this means is that, when challengers are assessing their chances against her in two years, they won’t be able to say she won because she was unopposed.

  3. In England the government prints on the ballots for elections of Parliament the name of every candidate who comes forward with ten signatures and a deposit of

  4. For these candidacies, the petition requirements are being set by the parties, unless there is going to be a primary. If a person wants to run as an independent, then, yes, the state imposes the petition requirement.

    I don’t think 125 signatures is too many to ask for as a show of good faith. Fact is, although the documents are “petitions,” most of the people who sign them don’t actually want anyone on the ballot in particular. My personal experience, having obtained the signatures of hundreds of petitioners, is that most of them are just good Americans, willing to let any decent Jane or Joe have their name on the ballot if that Jane or Joe is willing to put in the leg-work needed to get the signatures. Thus, the petition requirement isn’t so much to show support for the person’s candidacy, as it is a test of the person’s resolve (or that of a few of their closest friends). Either way, though, I like the idea that some meaningful threshold test of sincerity stands between a candidate and the ballot.

    I lived in New Jersey, 30 years ago. Elections there and then were kind of nutty, with as many as twenty names on some ballots for a single office. That was because their rules about who could run and for what “party” were absurdly lax. You had people running from the “PATH Are Crooks” party (PATH is the Port Authority Trans-Hudson railroad, the under-the-river train that connects New Jersey to Manhattan). The whole point of those was to split votes on the down-ballot races, a real corruption of the system.

    As for residency requirements, if you eliminate them, why have candidates at all? A better plan might be “proportional representation,” where each party declares a platform and the voters vote for the party they like. In the resulting legislature, each party appoints a percentage of members equal to the percentage of the vote they obtained in the election. That way, no one is denied a voice. Right now, with my delegate and my senator both being anti-choice, no one accountable to me and my vote speaks my agenda in my legislature. Under a proportional system, my vote would be putting some (actually, probably a majority, in Virginia today) voices in my legislature that I wanted to have there.

    Ah, well. What system is perfect?

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