Meet Brian

Brian Schoeneman is…

 

A devoted husband and father… Twenty years ago, Brian met his wife KayAnn at George Washington University, where they both earned degrees. After graduation they drifted apart, Brian earning a master’s at GW while working as an administrator to pay his way through school. KayAnn began a career in public affairs, which led to them meeting again ten years later. The rest was history, and their son Nicholas was born at Inova Fairfax Hospital in 2010. They’ve lived in Fairfax for almost a decade, and chose to move to the Virginia Run community of Centreville because of its beauty, history, safe neighborhoods and sense of community.

An honest public servant… Brian began his government service as a political appointee in the presidential administration of George W. Bush, where he served as Special Assistant to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. In 2013 he was appointed by the judges of the Circuit Court in Fairfax County to the Fairfax County Electoral Board. In June 2013 he became the senior member of the Board, and helped guide the Board through a number of major changes. During the 2013 General Election, which included the closest statewide election in Virginia history, he was praised for his evenhandedness, honesty, and transparency.

safetyA noted attorney and small business owner… After receiving his law degree from Catholic University, Brian continued his work in the maritime industry, representing the men and women of the United States Merchant Marine in the halls of Congress. As political and legislative director of the nation’s largest maritime labor union, he goes to work every day to make sure his members go to work every day, challenging government overregulation of the industry, maintaining support for programs that protect and support our warfighters overseas and protect American economic strength at home. In his spare time, he served in a pro-bono capacity as General Counsel for the Fairfax County Republican Committee, representing them in court during litigation that arose prior to the 2012 Presidential Election. He also co-owns Virginia Line Media LLC, a new media company that owns and operates BearingDrift.com and its radio show “The Score,” which can be heard across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2013, he was honored by the Fairfax Bar Association with their “President’s Award” for his work in the community.

A leader in the community… Outside of his public service, Brian has served in a number of community capacities. He is a vestryman at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, commonly referred to as the “Church of the Presidents,” where he and KayAnn have attended since 2007, where they were married, and where Nicholas was baptized. He served as Vice President of the Wescott Ridge Homeowners Association for five years, and was noted for working with the community to cut spending at the HOA level and ensuring that HOA assessments never went up, even during the height of the recession and housing market collapse. He has served on the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission for four years, working with other community leaders to focus the County’s attention on job creation, economic and workforce development. In 2013, he was named to the County’s Bi-Partisan Election Process Improvement Commission, which was designed to present solutions to the Fairfax County Electoral Board to remedy issues that arose during the 2012 presidential election. He is a member of a number of professional and legal organizations, and is a member of John Blair Lodge #129, AF&AM and a former officer there.

A noted Republican activist… For more than two decades, Brian has worked to get Republicans elected to office. In Fairfax, he’s served as a precinct captain, as Communications Director for the Fairfax County Republican Committee in 2010, as General Counsel, and on the Electoral Board as one of two Republican appointees. He’s been a delegate to RPV statewide conventions in 2008, 2009, and 2013 and every FCRC convention since 2007. He ran for Virginia House of Delegates in 2011 in the 37th House District, which incorporated parts of Sully Magisterial District.

electoralA fighter for your rights… On the Electoral Board, Brian has led a charge to ensure that every Fairfax County voter has a chance to exercise their right to vote, and not have that right to vote diluted by fraud, deceit or abuse. He lead efforts to create greater transparency on the Board, including innovative uses of technology like Twitter, to get the word out to voters on what was happening. He engaged the press in 2013 and 2014 to ensure that voters knew exactly what was going on during the contentious recount in 2013, and the razor thin elections in 2014. He worked to expand the hours for absentee in-person voting to allow every voter an opportunity to cast a ballot, pushed to ensure that the new General Assembly mandated photo ID requirements would not suppress votes, and he worked with the community to provide expanded translation of voting material from the legally mandated English and Spanish, to Korean and Vietnamese, two of Fairfax County’s largest non-English language groups. Brian referred over a dozen alleged cases of voter fraud to the Virginia and Federal authorities after a review of voting records revealed possible double voting in the 2012 presidential election and he helped to highlight concerns in the community about voting integrity. He earned plaudits in the election administration community for his handling of his duties on the Electoral Board.

And all of these things make him…

…the best choice for Sully District Supervisor.