Virginia Voter's Guide For Tuesday Primary | Politics
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--On Tuesday, June 11th Virginians will head to the polls to choose party candidates for two statewide offices--Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General--as well as eleven House of Delegate seats.
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The race for Governor has been a known entity for weeks. Ken Cuccinelli is the Republican candidate. He was selected at a convention in Richmond back in May. Terry McAuliffe was the only Democratic candidate to file for the office, so he automatically became the party's nominee.
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In regards to Lieutenant Governor, this race will be closely watched come November because the Virginia State Senate is evenly split with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. This means means the Lieutenant Governor will be the tie breaker on Senate votes if need be.
As for the delegate races, seven incumbents are facing primary challenges. Five of the incumbents are Republicans. Political pundits say you can blame challengers coming out of the wood work because of the transportation funding package that was passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. That bill included a $1.2-billion-a year tax increase.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor
Ralph Northam: he serves in the Virginia State Senate and is from the Norfolk area. He is a pediatric neurologist--the only physician in the State Senate. He was the chief sponsor of legislation in 2009 banning smoking in Virginia restaurants. Website: http://www.northamforlg.com/
Aneesh Chopra: was the United States' first chief technology officer under President Obama. He left the White House in January after declaring his run for office. Chopra is also the former Secretary of Technology under former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.
The democratic winner will face republican challenger E.W. Jackson, who was nominated at the republican party's convention in May.
Virginia Attorney General
Mark Herring: is a Loudoun County attorney who has served in the Virginia State Senate since 2006 representing Loudoun and Fairfax counties. He was Loudoun County Supervisor from 2000 until 2004. During the 2013 General Assembly session, Herring co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to grant automatic restoration of voting rights for nonviolent felons who have paid their debt to society. The measure passed in the Senate on a bipartisan vote, but was defeated in the House of Delegates.
Justin Fairfax: Also from Northern Virginia, he is a former federal prosecutor. Previously he worked at a corporate law firm. In 2000, he worked for the Al Gore-Joseph Lieberman presidential ticket. Four years later, he was a judiciary affairs staffer for presidential candidate John Edwards.
The winner will face republican challenger, Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, who was nominated at the republican party's convention in May.
Virginia House of Delegates: District 28
William Howell: the incumbent who represents Stafford County and Fredericksburg, he has held this seat for 26 years, serving as Speaker for the past ten years. He supported the transportation funding bill.
Craig Ennis: He has not held elected office before. This is his third attempt at this seat. He ran as a Green candidate in 2007 and 2009. Most recently he worked as a temporary federal contractor. His bio says he is a past member of the National Guard.
District 28 covers portions of Stafford County and Fredericksburg.
Virginia House of Delegates: District 29
Mark Berg: is a retired physician who practiced medicine for over 20 years.
Beverly Sherwood: incumbent of Winchester, Virginia. She has held this office for 19 years and chairs the Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee. She supported the transportation funding bill.
District 29 covers the city of Winchester as well as parts of Frederick County.
Virginia House of Delegates: District 33
Dave LaRock: is a general contractor building homes. He is from Hamilton, Virginia.
Joe May: incumbent who has held this seat for 19 years. He chairs the Transportation Committee. He supported the transportation funding bill. May, who lives in Leesburg, owns the electronics manufacturing company EIT.
District 33 covers portions of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke counties.
Virginia House of Delegates: District 54
Robert Orrock: the incumbent has held this seat for 24 years and chairs the Health Welfare and Institutions Committee. He is is also a teacher at Spotsylvania High School. He supported the transportation funding bill.
Dustin Curtis: is a Spotsylvania native. According to his website bio, Curtis serves as the Treasurer of the Fredericksburg Area Young Republicans and was the Chairman of the Fredericksburg Patriots Tea Party prior to his campaign
District 54 covers parts of Caroline and Spotsylvania counties.
Virginia House of Delegates: District 86
Jennifer Boysko: Since 2008, she has served as the Herndon aide to Dranesville Supervisor John Foust. She serves as a liaison between the community and Fairfax County Government. This is her first run for political office.
Herbert Kemp: president and CEO of a technical services consulting firm. His bio says he is a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force. This is his first run for political office.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican incumbent Tom Rust, who has represented the 86th district for 11 years.
District 86 includes Herndon and areas around Chantilly and Reston as well as two precincts in Loudoun County.