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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).

    Febrary 10, 2016


    Virginia Fifth District Election 2016

    Candidates

    Democratic:

    Jane Dittmar, Charlottesville, former chair, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

    Republican:

    Note: Robert Hurt (Incumbent), will not seek reelection.

    Michael Del Rosso, Charlottesville (declared), Technology executive, national security analyst
    Sen. Tom Garrett, Buckingham (declared), former Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney
    Jim McKelvey, Bedford (declared), Real Estate developer, former candidate, member of Donald Trump's Virginia leadership team
    Joe Whited, Rappahannock County (declared), professional staffer to the House Armed Services Committee
    Lt. Gen. (Ret'd) Jerry Boykin, EVP of the Family Research Council
    Beck Stanley, Bedford, member of Bedford City Council

    Independent Green:

    Ken Hildebrandt, Nathalie, retired chiropractor


    Presidential Election 2016

    Major National Candidates

    Democratic:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York, former Senator, former Secretary of State
    Bernie Sanders, Vermont, Senator (I)

    Republican:

    Jeb Bush, Florida, former Governor
    Ted Cruz, Texas, Senator
    Marco Rubio, Florida, Senator
    Jim Gilmore, Virginia, former Governor
    Ben Carson, Maryland, Retired neurosurgeon, political commentator
    John Kasich, Ohio, Governor
    Carly Fiorina, Virginia, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, former U.S. Senate candidate in California
    Donald Trump, New York, real estate developer, entertainer

    Libertarian:

    Gary Johnson, (declared) New Mexico, businessman (construction, marijuana), former Governor (R), 2012 Libertarian presidential candidate
    Marc Feldman, Ohio, physician
    Steve Kerbel, author and businessman
    Darryl Perry, author, publisher and radio host

    Green:

    Dr. Jill Stein, Massachusetts. MD, recent candidate for various offices
    Cynthia McKinney, Georgia. former U.S. Representative (D)


    Path to Nomination

    Republicans

    Phase I - Credentialing - 133 Delegates total

    Feb. 1Iowa
    Feb. 9New Hampshire
    Feb. 20South Carolina
    Feb. 23Nevada

    Phase II - Building Momentum - 963 Delegates, awarded in proportion to share of vote

    Mar. 1 "Super Tuesday"Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia*, Wyoming
    Mar. 5 Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine
    Mar. 6 Puerto Rico
    Mar. 8 Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi
    Mar. 12 Guam, District of Columbia

    Phase III - Big Dominoes Fall - 474 Delegates, awarded winner-take-all

    Mar. 15Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, N. Marianas, Ohio
    Mar. 19Virgin Islands
    Mar. 22Am. Samoa, Arizona, Utah

    Phase IV - Last Miles - 902 Delegates

    Apr. 5Wisconsin
    Apr. 19New York
    Apr. 26Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
    May 3Indiana
    May 10Nebraska, West Virginia
    May 17Oregon
    May 24Washington
    June 7California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota

    * Deadline to register to vote in the Virginia primary: 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016
    Deadline for absentee ballot by mail application: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    Deadline for absentee ballot by appearing in-person: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016

    The Republican Convention will be held in Cleveland July 18 - 21

    Democrats

    Phase I - Head Start - 712 SuperDelegates: Public officials and party insiders, free to back any candidate and not selected in primaries or caucuses

    Phase II - The Early States - 84 Delegates, but that's not the point

    Feb. 1Iowa
    Feb. 9New Hampshire

    Phase III - The Scramble

    Feb. 20Nevada
    Feb. 27South Carolina
    Mar. 1 Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia*,
    Mar. 5 Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska
    Mar. 6 Maine
    Mar. 8 Michigan, Mississippi, Democrats Abroad
    Mar. 12 Northern Marianas
    Mar. 15Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio
    Mar. 22Arizona, Idaho, Utah
    Mar. 26Alaska, Hawaii, Washington
    Apr. 5Wisconsin
    Apr. 9Wyoming
    Apr. 19New York
    Apr. 26Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
    May 3Indiana
    May 7Guam
    May 10West Virginia
    May 17Kentucky, Oregon
    June 4Virgin Islands
    June 5Puerto Rico
    June 7California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota
    June 14District of Columbia

    * Deadline to register to vote in the Virginia primary: 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016
    Deadline for absentee ballot by mail application: 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    Deadline for absentee ballot by appearing in-person: 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016

    The Democratic Convention will be held in Philadelphia July 25 - 28


    Virginia Elections 2017

    Governor

    Ralph Northam, (D) Pediatric neurologist, Lt. Governor

    Ed Gillespie, (R) Political Consultant, former Senatorial candidate (2014)
    Rep. Robert J. Wittman, (R) 1st C.D.
    Ken Cuccinelli, (R), former Attorney General, former Gubernatorial candidate (2013)
    Corey Stewart, (R) Woodbridge. Attorney, Prince William County Executive, Chair of Trump campaign in Virginia

    Lieutenant Governor

    Raul "Danny" Vargas, (R) Herndon, Marketing Executive, former candidate for Delegate
    Sen. Bryce E. Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)
    Del. Scott W. Taylor (R-Virginia Beach)

    Attorney General

    Mark Herring, (D) Incumbent

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


    Miscellaneous

    Offer Your Wisdom and Insight to Congress

    You can contact Senator Mark Warner [senator@warner.senate.gov] or (202) 224-2023. His fax is (202) 224-6295.

    Contact Senator Tim Kaine [http://www.kaine.senate.gov/] or (202) 224-4024.

    Contact Rep. Robert Hurt [http://hurt.house.gov/] Phone: (202) 225-4711 Fax: (202) 225-5681

    Contact Representative Dave Brat at [http://brat.house.gov/] 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 http://www.governor.virginia.gov/

    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 district25@senate.virginia.gov; 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 -- district24@senate.virginia.gov

    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 DelDToscano@house.state.va.us
    Web presence: www.davidtoscano.com

    Committee Assignments: Courts of Justice, Science and Technology

    Delegate Robert Bell, 58th District: Local: 2309 Finch Court, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911; (434) 245-8900; and DelRBell@house.state.va.us, 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 Watkins M. Abbitt, Jr., 59th District: Local (434) 352-2880; Richmond (804) 698-1059; electronic mail -- DelWAbbitt@house.state.va.us

    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 -- DelSLandes@house.state.va.us

    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~~ Rockingham County Democratic 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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    Comments? Questions? Write me at george@loper.org.