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Democrats Campaign Early In Fairfax Election

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By Peter Granitz

The Congressional campaign season is officially underway in Northern Virginia and national Democrats are hitting the ground in Fairfax County.

Frank Anderson is a student at George Mason University. He’s volunteering this election season by phone-banking and going door-to-door. But he, with help from the White House’s Organizing for America, is targeting people who voted for the first time in 2008.

Anderson is trying to get freshman Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) re-elected. Just because the Fairfax district sits near Washington, Anderson says, does not mean people are necessarily involved in politics more than others.

"There’s just as few first-time voters here as in other places," he says. "Or just as many, however you want to look at it. There are a lot of people who are just not engaged. People are politically aware but they don’t necessarily vote."

Volunteers are canvassing for the general election, which is still five months away.

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