All in Election

Airforce veteran Rebecca Colaw wins District 64 Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates race.

Rebecca Colaw won a primary against 2 others to secure the District 64 nomination to represent Democrats on the ballot in this fall's Virginia House of Delegates election. The seat is currently held by Republican Rick Morris. He is not running this cycle even though he ran uncontested last cycle. Rebecca's opponent will be Emily Brewer. In 2015 Morris drew 15,208 votes in that uncontested race. This seat is wide open this year. Should be a fun race to follow.

Healthcare professional Melissa Dart wins District 56 Democratic nomination for Virginia House of Delegates.

Melissa Dart won the Democratic primary in District 56 Virginia House of Delegates race. Republican Peter Farrell currently holds this seat. There has not been a Democratic challenger since 2009. Farrell drew 15,126 votes in this uncontested race the last cycle. Farrell has decided not to seek reelection for this district. That means Dart will be facing Republican Paul Maguire in the fall election.

Sheep farmer Tia Walbridge wins Democratic primary in District 33 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Tia Walbridge won the District 33 Democratic primary for the Virginia House of Delegates race this fall.  Republican Dave LaRock currently holds this seat. There was a Democratic and a Libertarian challenger in the last cycle. Despite the competition, it does appear that LaRock scored a resounding victory with a margin of 4,704 votes out of 20,027 cast in the district.

Elizabeth Guzman wins District 31 Democratic primary in Virginia House of Delegates campaign.

Elizabeth Guzman wins District 31 Democratic Primary for the Virginia House of Delegates campaign. The seat is currently held by Republican Scott Lingamfelter. A brisk primary appears to be the order of the day in this district. One of the 3 candidates this cycle did challenge Lingamfelter in 2015. The Democrat's campaign fell short by only 1,219 votes out of 17,793 in the last campaign.

Kelly Fowler wins District 21 Democratic primary for Virginia House of Delegates campaign.

Kelly Fowler won her primary to represent the Democrats in the District 21 Virginia House of Delegates race this fall. The seat is currently held by Republican Ron Villanueva. This seat was challenged by a Democrat in the last cycle, however, the 2 declared Democrats appear to be first-time candidates. Villanueva won this seat by a margin of 1,533 votes out of only 11,157 cast.

Danica Roem defeats three candidates in Democratic primary for District 13 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Danica Roem defeated three other candidates in the District 13 Democratic primary to compete against Republican Bob Marshall in this fall's Virginia House of Delegates race. This seat went contested in 2015. The Republican won by just 1,557 votes in the last cycle. It is great to see so many people stepping up to challenge a seat like this.

Sheila Crowley picks up the Democratic banner in District 98 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrats have a candidate contesting District 98 this fall. Republican Keith Hodges currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 15,039 votes in this uncontested race in the last cycle. No Democratic candidate had run for this seat since the 2011 election when Hodges first won this district. Republicans have held this seat since at least 1982.

Democrat Tracy Carver steps up in red District 59 in Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrat Tracy Carver is contesting District 59 this fall. Republican Matt Fariss currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure only 9,312 votes in this uncontested district the last cycle. 2011 was the last race contested for this seat. The position was held by an Independent since 2001, that same Independent was a Democrat who held the seat since the 1985 election.

I am not sure what motivated the change, but the extremely low turnout coupled with the short history of explicit Republican support should make this district reachable by a Democratic campaign here.

Democrat Alicia Kallen steps up in "Red America" by challenging for the District 1 Virignia House of Delegates seat.

A Democratic candidate is contesting District 1 this fall.  Republican Terry Kilgore currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 16,716 in this uncontested district the last cycle. That is relatively strong support for a race not contested since 2007. Even so, it is important Democrats try and field a candidate in every district.

Michael Wade contests seat unchallenged since 2009, Virginia HoD District 91 - Data Snapshot

District 91 is being contested by a Democratic candidate for the first time since 2009. The seat is currently held by Republican Gordon Helsel. . In 2015 Helsel drew only 7,173 votes out of a total of 7,580 cast. The voter registration appears to be relatively low in this district, the turnout is certainly poor, therefore, this seat provides a lot of opportunity fro Democrats.

Veronica Coleman wins unassembled caucus to represent Democrats in District 84 Virginia House of Delegates race.

Democrat Veronica Coleman wins Democratic unassembled caucus to represent District 84 in this falls House of Delegates campaign. The seat is currently held by Republican Glenn Davis. He ran uncontested last cycle. In 2015 Davis drew 6,810 votes in that uncontested race. It is great to see a Democrat run in this district. It is ripe for the picking.

Democrat Francis Stevens steps up in District 65 for the Virginia House of Delegates race this fall.

A Democrat has now stepped up to challenge for the District 65 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates race as yet this fall. Republican Lee Ware currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 19,842 votes in this uncontested district the last cycle. Lee has been in the post since a 1998 special election, and this seat has been in Republican hands since at least 1982.

This Republican district is pretty stable. 20,000 votes is a brisk turnout in an uncontested race.

The Democratic challenger this fall will be Francis Stevens. This means all of the districts in Chesterfield county now have Democratic candidates.

Working together we can win in "Red America," really we can. We must ask for their vote though!

Over the last couple of weeks, I have written a couple of posts that have provoked lots of dialogue. It is taking the form of a series now.

The first post was People in "Red America" are not voting against their own interests. In that post, I essentially argued that we should cease making the claim that they are voting against their own interests since we did not even ask to represent about 117 million potential constituents because we did not field 1,479 state legislative candidates in the last cycle of elections. They are voting for the people seeking to represent them.

The following week I posted To hell with "Red America" and other nonsense. The focus there was responding to sort of the core objections to the first week's post turned into a rallying cry to engage with "Red America." I site several historical moments and movements that drove progress in our country and noted how each one of them took the fight to the heart of the evil they sought to change. We must follow their example.

Kimberly Anne Tucker one of the first Democratic challengers for District 81 Virginia House of Delegates since 2009 - District Profile

Kimberly Anne Tucker is one of two candidates in District 81 competing for the seat currently held by Republican Barry Knight. A Green party candidate contested this race last cycle. 2009 was the last year the Democrats challenged for this seat. The Republican won by 3,062 votes. It is great to see two Democrats stepping up to compete for this seat this fall. It would be worth reaching out to the Greens to ask them to sit this cycle out or to compete in our primary. We do not need split voting given the stakes.

Wendy Gooditis Steps Up in District 10 Virginia House of Delegates Race - Data Snapshot

THE ANNOUNCED DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IS WENDY GOODITIS

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DISTRICT 10 FAST FACTS

  • Residents = 80,010
  • Active Registered Voters = 56,815
  • Percent Registered = 71%
  • Total Vote in Last Race = 16,770
  • Participation Rate = 31%
  • Total Vote for Republican last Race = 10,415
  • Total Vote for Democrat last Race = 6,355
  • Localities = Clarke, Frederick and Loudoun Counties

Democrat Flo Ketner runs for Virginia House of Delegates Seat 7 - District Profile

Democrats now have a candidate contesting District 7 this fall. Republican Nick Rush currently holds this post. The Republican was able to secure 14,714 in this uncontested district the last cycle. Republicans have held this seat since 2001. The Democrat that won in 1999 replaced a Republican who did not seek re-election and ended up facing a Republican and two Independent candidates. While you can't count on that this time around, the support for this Republican does appear a little soft.