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    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand... " (from The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats).

    October 2, 2018

    Virginia Elections 2018

    U.S. Senate


    Tim Kaine, Incumbent


    Corey Stewart, Chair, Prince William BOS; unsuccessful candidate for Republican 2017 Virginia governor's nomination; Trump campaign Virginia Chair


    Matt Waters, Development Director, Students for Liberty

    Fifth District House of Representatives

    Incumbent Tom Garrett Jr (R-Buckingham) will not seek re-election


    Denver Riggleman, Nelson County, distiller, intelligence consultant, past candidate


    Leslie Cockburn, Rappahannock County, journalist, author, filmmaker

    U.S. Presidential Election 2020

    Possible Republican Candidates  

    Bob Corker, 66, Tennesee, Senator (term ends 2018, not seeking re-election)
    Ted Cruz, 47, Texas, Senator (2018)
    Carly Fiorina, 64, Virginia, businesswoman, past candidate for various offices
    Jeff Flake, 55, Arizona, Senator (2018, not seeking re-election)
    Larry Hogan, 62, Maryland, Governor (2018)
    John Kasich, 66, Ohio, former Governor
    Bill Kristol, 65, New York, writer, consultant
    Susana Martinez, 59, New Mexico, Governor (term limited, ends 2018)
    Mike Pence, 59, Vice President
    Ben Sasse, 46, Nebraska, Senator (2020)
    Donald Trump, 72 (Incumbent) (declared), New York, businessman

    Possible Democratic Candidates  

    Joe Biden, 75, Delaware, former Vice President
    Cory Booker, 49, New Jersey, Senator (2018)
    Sherrod Brown, 65, Ohio, Senator (2018)
    Steve Bullock, 52, Montana, Governor (2020)
    Julian Castro, 44, Texas, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    Chelsea Clinton, 38, New York, author, businesswoman
    Mark Cuban, 60, Texas, businessman
    Andrew Cuomo, 60, New York, Governor (2018)
    Bill de Blasio, 57, New York, Mayor of New York (2021)
    John Delaney, 55, (declared) Maryland, Representative
    Tammy Duckworth, 50, Illinois, Senator (2022)
    Al Franken, 67, Minnesota, former Senator
    Tulsi Gabbard, 37, Hawaii, Representative
    Eric Garcetti, 47 California, Mayor of Los Angeles (2022)
    Kirsten Gillibrand, 51, New York, Senator (2020)
    Al Gore, 70, Tennesee, former Vice President, past Presidential candidate
    Luis V. Gutiérrez, 64, Illinois, Representative
    Kamala Harris, 53, California, Senator (2022)
    John Hickenlooper, 66, Colorado, Governor (term-limited 2018)
    Eric Holder, 67, Washington, D.C., former Attorney General
    Jay Inslee, 67, Washington, Governor (2020)
    Doug Jones, 64, Alabama, Senator (2024)
    Tim Kaine, 60, Virginia, Senator (2018), former Vice-Presidential candidate
    Caroline Kennedy, 60, New York, former Ambassador
    Joe Kennedy III, 37, Massachusetts, Representative
    John Kerry, 74, Massachusetts, former Secretary of State, past Presidential candidate
    Amy Klobuchar, 58, Minnesota, Senator (2018)
    Mitch Landrieu, 58, Louisiana, former Mayor of New Orleans
    Joe Manchin, 71, West Virginia, Senator (2018)
    Terry McAuliffe, 61, Virginia, former Governor
    Jeff Merkley, 61, Oregon, Senator (2024)
    Christopher Murphy, 45, Connecticut, Senator (2018)
    Gavin Newsom, 50, California, Lieutenant Governor (2018)
    Jay Nixon, 62, Missouri, former Governor
    Martin O'Malley, 55, Maryland, former Governor
    Deval Patrick, 62, Massachusetts, former Governor
    Tim Ryan, 45, Ohio, Representative
    Bernie Sanders, 76, Vermont, Senator (2018)
    Howard Schultz, 65, Washington, businessman
    Tom Steyer, 61, California, businessman
    Mark Warner, 63, Virginia, Senator (2020)
    Elizabeth Warren, 69, Massachusetts, Senator (2018)
    Mark Zuckerberg, 34, California, businessman


    Progressive Links

    OneVirginia2021: - @1VA2021 -

    Progressive Democrats of Virginia: - @pdamerica -

    Virginia Organizing: - @VaOrganizing -

    Indivisible #VA05: @IndivisibleVA05 -

    Five Calls: - @Make5Calls

    Democratic Socialists of Charlottesville:


    Offer Your Wisdom and Insight to Congress

    You can contact Senator Mark Warner  (202) 224-2023. His fax is (202) 224-6295.

    Contact Senator Tim Kaine  (202) 224-4024.

    Contact Rep. Tom Garrett  (202) 225-4711 Fax: (202) 225-5681 Local office 686 Berkmar Circle, 2nd Floor, Charlottesville, VA 22901

    Contact Rep. Dave Brat at [] or (202) 225-2815. His fax is (202) 225-0011.

    Contact the Governor

    Governor Ralph Northam, State Capitol, 3rd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219, Phone: (804) 786-2211. Fax: (804) 371-6351, TTY/TDD (For the Hearing Impaired): 1-800-828-1120, or 711 .E-mail: contact him through his website at

    Contact Your Legislators

    Senator R. Creigh Deeds, 25th District: Charlottesville [P. O. Box 5462, 22905. (434) 296-5491]; Bath [(800) 545-5899; Richmond [(804) 698-7525].

    Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources; Privileges and Elections; Transportation, Courts of Justice. See also, bills Creigh Deeds has introduced.

    Senator Emmett Hanger, 24th District: Local (540) 885-6898; Richmond (804) 298-7524; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources; Finance; Local Government; Rehabilitation and Social Services. See also, bills Emmett Hanger has introduced.

    Minority Leader Delegate David Toscano, 57th District: Local (434) 220-1660.. Richmond (804) 698 1057. Email
    Web presence:

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice, Science and Technology

    Delegate Robert Bell, 58th District: Local: 2309 Finch Court, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911; (434) 245-8900; and, Rm 810 General Assembly Building, Richmond, Virginia. (804) 698-1058

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice; Privileges and Elections; and Health Welfare and Institutions. See also, bills Rob Bell has introduced.

    Delegate Matt Farriss., 59th District: Local (434) 821-5929; Richmond (804) 698-1059; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Appropriations; ; General Laws; and Rules. See also, bills Watkins Abbitt has introduced.

    Delegate R. Steven Landes, 25th District: Local (540) 245-5540; Richmond (804) 698-1025; electronic mail --

    Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Education; and Rules. See also, bills Steve Landes has introduced.

    Virginia General Assembly: The toll free number for the Virginia General Assembly is 1-800-889-0229.

    Community Calendars

    The City of Charlottesville offers a Visitors Calendar And the University of Virginia has a student calendar. Check them out.

    Local Political Web Sites

    ~The Albemarle County Democratic Committee~ The Albemarle County Republican Committee~ The Jefferson Area Libertarians~ The Charlottesville Democratic Committee~ The Charlottesville Republican Committee~  University Democrats~ Richmond Sunlight~ Virginia Public Access Project~ David Toscano~ Helena Cobban~ Fluvanna Democrats~ Brian Wheeler~ Fifth Congressional District Democrats~ Jennifer McKeever~ Fluvanna County Republicans~ Jefferson Area Tea Party~

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