Can the 56th Virginia House of Delegates Seat Be Turned Blue? - from BlueVirginia
Graven W. Craig, an attorney from Louisa County, a Tea Party favorite and the County’s Republican chair, decided to enter the race for the Republican nomination within hours after Farrell announced his retirement. In addition, Republican George Goodwin, a member of the Louisa County Planning Commission followed suit, and so did another GOP candidate, Matt Pinsker. Pinsker, a Henrico resident and attorney, is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University with expertise in homeland security. So, we have three Republicans in the primary race at this time.
Two Democrats, Lizzie Drucker-Basch and Melissa Miscione Dart, are contesting the Republican district for the first time since Democrat James Towey received 30% of the vote in 2009. The 56th district went for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election by 56.43% to 38.74%, so it will be quite a challenge for our “blue” friends, but not insurmountable! Given the President’s current approval rating at or under 40%, as well as the growing unfavorability of Rep. Dave Brat in the 7th Congressional district, the chances of a major upset may be increasing. I requested the two Democratic primary candidates to provide brief statements as to why they are running for this seat. I also wanted to give readers an easy access to their pages and fund raising links. I met personally with each of them over coffee and found both of them to be passionate about the upcoming race. They understand the odds, but they also understand that the issues they talk about are important to voters, especially public education and healthcare. Get to know these Democratic primary contenders, choose someone and then give them your support, both financially and with your time.