FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – There will be an independent congressional candidate on the ballot this fall for voters in the 11th District.

Fairfax County resident Mark Gibson said he collected more than 1,000 signatures from area voters, which clears the way for his name to be listed alongside Democratic Incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly and Republican challenger Chris Perkins.

The 11th Congressional District (Microsoft Sliverlight plug-in needed to view map) includes Dumfries, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge and Occoquan, as well as Reston, Herndon, Tysons Corner in Fairfax County and Fairfax City.

“I can’t thank everyone enough: friends, friends of friends, neighbors, colleagues, and complete strangers,” Gibson said in a press release. “These are all voters who want to get involved in our political process, giving voters a greater number and more diverse selection of candidates for Congress. Getting on the ballot is a strong victory for democracy.”

Gibson, a CEO of an IT firm,  faces the two-term Connolly, who also served as the At-large Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Perkins is a retired Colonel and former Green Beret who has lived in Fairfax County since 1991.