Virginia Primary Resources 2017

Virginia will decide its candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor tomorrow.  We don’t actually have party membership rules here, so when you go to the polls, just ask for the ballot that interests you more.

Of course, all the VA Democrats who voted for Donald Trump in the June 2016 primary because he looked so beatable are probably reconsidering now, but that’s not the point.

There are 26 House of Delegates primaries around the state – check http://vote.virginia.gov to see if your area has one.   The closest ones to me are a Republican primary in District 72, covering a horseshoe-shaped swath of western Henrico county and a Democratic primary in District 70, crossing Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond.  Democratic candidates for districts entirely within Henrico were determined by an April caucus.

Each party has several candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor – and here are links to all of them (along with my takeaway from a quick look at each website and any advertising I’ve seen – your mileage may vary):

Governor
https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_gubernatorial_election,_2017

Republicans

Ed Gillespie – http://www.edforvirginia.com/
Former RNC Chairman, Bob McDonnell’s campaign manager

Corey Stewart – http://www.coreystewart.com/ 
Former Trump state campaign chairman, running on Trump’s coattails

State Sen. Frank Wagner – http://www.frankwagner.us/ 
Virginia Beach/Norfolk Senator, 25 years at the State Capitol

Democrats

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam – http://ralphnortham.com/
Current Lt. Governor, former State Senator, doctor, running against Trump as much as Perriello

Tom Perriello – http://tomforvirginia.com/ 
Former Congressman, former lawyer in and envoy to West Africa, using Obama news clip in lieu of endorsement, running as “outsider”

Lieutenant Governor
https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_lieutenant_gubernatorial_election,_2017

Republicans

Del. Glenn Davis – http://davisforlg.com/ 
Two-term Virginia Beach Delegate, former McDonnell aide

State Sen. Bryce Reeves – http://www.brycereeves.com/
Two-term Spotsylvania County Senator, veteran and former police officer

State Sen. Jill Vogel – http://vogelforvirginia.com/
Three-term Northern Virginia Senator, Senate Whip

Democrats

Justin Fairfax – http://www.fairfaxforlg.com/
Former Assistant US Attorney, lost to Mark Herring in 2013 Democratic Attorney General primary

Susan Platt – http://www.susanplattforva.com/
Former Chief of Staff for Sen. Joe Biden, managed Sen. Charles Robb’s 1994 campaign

Gene Rossi – http://www.generossi.com/
Former Assistant US Attorney focused on drug trade

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Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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