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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).

    February 21, 2017

    Virginia Statewide Elections 2017

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Primaries for offices on the November ballot (other than School Board)

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017: General Election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Members of the House of Delegates

    Governor - Candidates

    Ralph Northam, (D) Norfolk, Pediatric neurologist, Lt. Governor
    Tom Perriello, (D) Charlottesville, Diplomat, former U.S. Representative (VA-5)

    Ed Gillespie, (R) Alexandria, Political Consultant, Senatorial candidate 2014
    Sen. Frank Wagner, (R) Virginia Beach
    Corey Stewart, (R) Woodbridge. Attorney, Prince William County Executive, Chair of Trump campaign in Virginia
    Denver Riggleman, (R) Afton, former intelligence agent, distiller

    Lieutenant Governor - Possible candidates

    Justin Fairfax, (D) (Declared) former Assistant United States Attorney and former candidate for Attorney General
    Susan Smocer Platt, (D) (Declared) Great Falls, former Chief of Staff to Joe Biden
    Sen. Barbara Favola, (D) Arlington,
    Dwight C. Jones, (D) recent Mayor of Richmond and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia; Pastor
    Gene Rossi, (D) (Declared) Assistant United States Attorney
    Molly Ward, (D) Hampton, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources and former Mayor of Hampton
    Sen. Jennifer Wexton, (D) Loudon County, attorney

    Raul "Danny" Vargas, (R) Herndon, Marketing Executive, former candidate for Delegate
    Sen. Bryce E. Reeves, (R-Spotsylvania) (Declared)
    Sen. Jill Holzman Vogel, (R-Fauquier) (Declared)
    Del. Glenn Davis, (R-Virginia Beach) (Declared)
    Shak Hill, financial consultant, Senatorial candidate 2014
    Del. Ben Cline, (R-Rockbridge)
    Micah Edmond, former congressional aide and candidate for VA-08 in 2014
    Del. Israel O'Quinn, (R-Bristol)

    Attorney General - Declared candidates

    Mark Herring, (D) Incumbent

    Chuck Smith, (R) Virginia Beach, attorney, former Navy JAG
    John Adams, (R) Richmond, attorney, former Assoc. Counsel to President G.W. Bush
    Rob Bell (R) Charlottesville, attorney, Delegate-58

    Local Elections 2017

    Virginia House of Delegates

    25th District

    Steve Landes, (R) (Incumbent)

    57th District

    David Toscano, (D) (Incumbent)

    58th District

    Rob Bell, (R) (Incumbent)
    Kellen Squire (D), Nurse

    59th District

    Matt Fariss, (R) Incumbent


     Two Members of the City Council

    (Incumbent Kristin Szakos will not seek re-election)
    Bob Fenwick, (Incumbent) has not announced a decision
    Stanford Dale Woodson, (Declared)
    Amy Laufer, (Declared)
    Heather Hill, (Possible)
    Lena Seville, (Possible)

    Three Members of the School Board

    Leah Puryear, (Incumbent)
    Ned Michie, (Incumbent)
    Juandiego R. Wade, (Incumbent)

     Commonwealth's Attorney

    (Incumbent Dave Chapman will not seek re-election)
    Joe Platania
    Jeff Fogel


    James E. Brown, III, (Incumbent)

    Commissioner of Revenue

    Todd D. Divers, (Incumbent)


    Jason A. Vandever, (Incumbent)

    Albemarle County

    Three Members of the Board of Supervisors

    Diantha McKeel, (Incumbent--Jack Jouett District)
    Liz Palmer, (Incumbent-Samuel Miller District)
    Brad Sheffield, (Incumbent-Rio District) will not seek re-election

    Two Members of the School Board


    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 Terry McAuliffe, 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

    All media requests should be made through the Governor's Press Office. Requests can be made by calling the Office of the Governor: (804) 786-2211. Invitations and Scheduling Requests by regular mail or fax only.

    The Office of the Governor receives a large volume of e-mail daily, and as a result, they are unable to respond to scheduling requests received by e-mail. All invitations and scheduling requests for the Governor should be submitted by regular mail or by fax. Please make sure to include as many details about the nature of the request as possible, as well as including your full name, complete address and telephone number.

    Governor Terry McAuliffe, Scheduling Office, State Capitol, 3rd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

    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.

    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~ Obama Truth Squad~ Fluvanna County Republicans~ Jefferson Area Tea Party~

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