A Virginia Reader Predicts The Herndon Election Will Set The Tone For November

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From: Vincent
Chiarello: [e-mail
him
]

Re:
Brenda Walker`s Blog:

Heads Up To Politicians

In a
local election that may have

national repercussions
, the residents of Herndon,
Virginia, elected a new mayor and five new members of
the town council. In so doing, they reversed a voting
trend that has held fast for at least the past decade in
which no incumbent mayor or town council member has lost
an election.

The
new mayor, Steve DeBenedettis, who held no previous
public office, and the newly elected town council
members campaigned on one issue: the baleful impact of

illegal immigration
on this suburban town in
northern Virginia.

Herndon received national
attention earlier this year when a

Minutemen
branch was formed there. It sought to
alert federal and local authorities to the

illegal hiring practices
that were being carried out
on its main thoroughfare, but Herndon`s outgoing mayor
and the majority of the town council members decided
that they would do nothing: immigration, they claimed,
was a

federal responsibility
.

Over
strong citizen opposition, a new

day labor site
was selected, and the problems of
nearby home owners dramatically increased. The town`s
residents, clearly disturbed by this "hands off"
attitude, began to coordinate their efforts: in addition
to the

Minutemen
, they set up a "Help Save Herndon
Committee"
with its

website
, held town meetings, and chose a slate of
candidates, all of whom were victorious in the election
on May 2. Clearly, this was a sweeping grass roots
victory for the residents of Herndon.

Granted, each locale can
face different problems, but if Herndon`s success story
demonstrates that, working together, citizen groups can
be heard. Further,

local politicians
have been shown once again that
campaigning on the issue of the disastrous problems
created by illegal immigrants because of non-enforcement
of immigration laws is a winning strategy.

Finally, this: might a similar scenario, tried by
coordinated statewide groups, succeed on the federal
level, too?

VDARE.COM
note
:


Chiarello
is a retired
Foreign Service Officer, whose tours included U.S.
embassies in Latin America and Europe. His last, and
most memorable, assignment was to the US Embassy to The
Holy See. 

Currently,
he is on the Board of the American National Council for
Immigration Reform of northern Virginia, (ANCIR) whose
members offered assistance and advice for the people of
Herndon during the recent town elections. Had candidate
for Governor Jerry Kilgore also followed ANCIR`s advice
last November, Chiarello believes that Virginia would
have a Republican, not a Democrat, in Richmond.

Born and
raised in Brooklyn, Chiarello`s real claim to fame is
that he still vividly remembers the numbers of post
World War II


Dodgers.

Read the May 4th
Washington Times

editorial confirming Chiarello`s views on the Herndon
election


here
.