Thursday, June 29, 2017

On June 13th: Primary Paves Way For General Election

Polls will open at 6 a.m. for the June 13 Primary to allow Democrats and Republicans to choose the candidates they want  to stand for election in the state’s top three offices, the House of Delegates and various Constitutional offices come General Election Day November 7.

You can vote in person using an absentee ballot up until  June 10 in your Office of Elections. You must give a good reason for doing so. Be sure to check the operating hours of  the office  on that date.

There are many races which have only one candidate, especially those in districts or cities dominated  by one party.  Since there were no challengers for the Democratic  nomination, for instance, in the Norfolk Treasurer’s race, Democrat Daun Hester will square off with Republican Michael Voogd on November 7.

In the Gubernatorial race for the Democrats, current Lt. Governor Ralph Northam of Norfolk, will be facing   Tom S. Perriello of Northern Virginia, in what has become a tight race in the final days.

For the Republicans Edward W. “Ed” Gillespie is facing   Corey A. Stewart  and State Senator  Frank W. Wagner, who hails from Virginia Beach.

For Lt. Governor, Democrats, Justin E. Fairfax,   Gene J. Rossi and  Susan S. Platt, all from northern Virginia, will be competing for that job.

For the Republicans, their Lt. Governor candidates are   Bryce E. Reeves,   Glenn R. Davis, Jr. of Virginia Beach and   Jill H. Vogel.

Neither  party will stage a primary contest for Attorney General, but on November 7, Democrat  Mark Herring, the  Incumbent,  will be challenged by Republican John Adams.

In the race for the office of Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk, the incumbent is Democrat Greg D. Underwood, who is seeking another term against challengers Ron Batliner, Jr. and S.W. Dawson.

Also in Norfolk, two political newcomers are seeking the 89th House district: Norfolk NAACP President Joe W. Dillard and Attorney Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones.

In the race for  the 92nd House of Delegates, incumbent Jeion A. Ward is being challenged by Michael A. “Mic” Harris.

By Leonard E. Colvin
Chief Reporter

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