May 17 – Terry Modglin Qualifies

May 17, 2013

Terry Modglin, 202-270-3083
Jean O’Neil, 301-641-3403


Terry Modglin (Independent Green Party of Virginia) has qualified for the General Election ballot on November 5 in the 49th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, as confirmed with two Virginia elections officials.  He also has submitted his Statement of Economic Interest as required by law.

“Participation and competition in our election process are key to our democracy.” Modglin said.  “I will run a vigorous and open campaign that will be truly competitive.  I am convinced that I reflect the values and experiences of the people of District 49, and that I can show the people that I will dig into issues and be a strong, independent voice for them in the House of Delegates.  The Independent Green Party’s messages — including “More Rail, Less Traffic” and “Fiscally Conservative, Socially Responsible” — are highly relevant for this time in Northern Virginia’s history.”

“My campaign is about the quality of life that is challenged in Northern Virginia right now.  We have been fortunate to be a leading area for growth, development, and education, but we have to adjust our thinking to new realities and look ‘outside the box’ for solutions.  Public safety, transportation, education, and employment are key issues.  These things affect our daily lives.   Moreover, the defenseless – the unborn, the elderly, the impoverished — should be equally able to have a good quality of life, and life itself.”

Modglin was raised in Saint Louis, Missouri in a family with eight children who lived in public housing and poverty for a significant part of that time.  He won a scholarship to Georgetown University and after graduation served four years as a U.S. Army officer, including 20 months in the Republic of Vietnam. He has lived in Northern Virginia for 40 years, following his Army service.  His career includes 25 years as a national manager of youth and municipal crime prevention programs and five years as staff director with substantial policy work for a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee.  As well as being involved in a range of public policy issues, he is proud that he has worked in a wide variety of jobs.  “My background gives me the understanding and the seasoning to represent all the people in the 49th District,” he pointed out.  He has also been a leader in numerous non-profit organizations, including the military association of the 173d Airborne Brigade with which he served in Vietnam and the organization formed to memorialize the unit’s fallen both in Vietnam and in subsequent conflicts.  He has coached recreational basketball in the Falls Church program for the last 26 years. He is the father of two children and the grandfather of five.

Since 2001 only one candidate other than a Democrat has been on the General Election ballot for the 49th District seat – Ron Fisher, who garnered almost 20 percent of the vote.