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GOP candidate in 31st Senate District says he’ll give his state salary to charity

Courtesy/VPAP.org, Virginia Public Access Project
In his long-shot bid for a seat in the Virginia Senate, Republican George Forakis says he will give his state salary to charity if he defeats incumbent Democrat Barbara Favola in the commonwealth's 31st District.

“If elected as your senator, I will donate 100 percent of my salary to charitable organizations dedicated to improving Virginia communities and enhancing the lives of our residents,” Forakis notes on his website.

Virginia's part-time state senators receive an annual state salary of $18,000.

“Actually, when we first reached out to the clerk, my idea was to waive my salary entirely and allow the funds to stay in the state budget, thus keeping dollars in the pockets of our taxpayers,” Forakis, a senior associate at Deloitte financial services, told the Times-Mirror. “We were told, however, that the code requires state legislators to be paid – we were also told that we were the first to ever pose the question. Since waiving the salary was no longer a possibility, I figured that donating it to charity would be a good way to give back and to set a positive example in the community.”

Forakis' move can be viewed as a bit of “Hail Mary.” The Virginia Senate's Arlington-based 31st District is heavily Democratic. Favola won her 2011 bid by nearly 18 percent in a million-dollar contest. The district's population is split between Arlington (58 percent), Fairfax (29 percent) and Loudoun (13 percent) counties.

In this year's money fight, Forakis has raised $4,000 compared to Favola's $130,000, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. The Democrat has raked in nearly $410,000 since 2012.

The incumbent senator's campaign has been focused around key issues for progressives, including imposing stricter gun laws in the commonwealth, expanding Medicaid in Virginia and environmental protection.

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