Voters across Virginia will go to the polls on Tuesday to select Democratic candidates for the state’s three major offices and party candidates for two dozen seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.
All usual polling stations are open until 7 p.m.
Most attention has been focused on the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, where McLean’s former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is looking to earn the right to run for the post again. He is opposed by four candidates, including former Prince William County Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, current Del. Lee Carter of Manassas and current Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of Fairfax County. State Senator Jennifer McClellan of Richmond completes the field.
In the race for the nomination of lieutenant governor, considered wide open, Prince William County Del. Hala Ayala got approval from current Governor Ralph Northam, but Roanoke Del. Sam Rasoul raised the most money during the campaign. Other candidates include Arlington Del. Mark Levine and Fairfax NAACP President Sean Perryman.
Current Attorney General Mark Herring, originally from Loudoun County, is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for a third term. He is opposed by Norfolk Del. Jay Jones.
Early voting for the primaries began at the end of April. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, about 114,000 ballots had been returned statewide as of Monday, and another 38,000 mail-in ballots were still pending. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday and received no later than Friday to be counted.
While small compared to the 2.8 million Virginians who voted at the start of last fall’s general election, the number was significantly higher than the 26,000 early votes that were cast in the 2017 primary, when voters needed an excuse to vote by post and advance voting. the window was shorter.
The 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are also eligible for re-election this fall, and voters in Northern Virginia will choose party candidates in 10 districts. The tightest races appear to be in Prince William County, where incumbent Democrats Candi King in Ward 2, Elizabeth Guzman in Ward 31 and Carter in Ward 50 all face challengers for the re-election bid.
Elsewhere in the region, most attention has been paid to the 45th District of Arlington, where Levine faces a fiery challenge from Alexandria Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker for the Democratic nod. In the 86th district, which includes portions of Loudoun and Fairfax counties, outgoing Democrat Ibraheem S. Samirah is challenged by Irene Shin.
Local primaries are also being held in Arlington County and the city of Alexandria, two Democratic strongholds. In Alexandria, former mayor Allison Silberberg is trying to regain her seat from current mayor Justin Wilson, who ousted Silberberg in 2018.
The 40 seats in the Virginia Senate, including the five representing Prince William’s parties, will be in place in 2024.
Candidates also filed their campaign fundraising reports for April and May this week, showing hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to local races.
Here are more details on Prince William races.
The contest for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd arrondissement has quickly heated up and turned negative in recent weeks.
The outgoing King won a special election for the seat in January with 51% of the vote after Carroll Foy resigned to focus on his campaign for governor. The district covers the east of Prince William, including Belmont Bay and Potomac Shores, Quantico and the northern parts of Stafford County.
King is challenged by Pamela Montgomery, a former officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and civil rights lawyer.
In April and May, Montgomery raised nearly four times as much campaign funds as King. Montgomery brought King’s $ 585,851 to $ 165,152. She spent $ 478,500 compared to $ 173,806 for King and she has $ 142,163 out of $ 69,521 for King.
Residents of eastern Prince William County have started receiving letters of negative attacks from the two candidates, including one claiming Montgomery is secretly Republican and picturing him with former New York Mayor Rudy Guliani.
The ad falsely implies that two of the state’s top Democratic donors, Michael Bills and Sonjia Smith in the Charlottesville area, are right-wing “black money billionaires”. During the last campaign finance reporting period, Smith donated $ 281,000 to the Montgomery campaign.
The attack mails were authorized and funded by the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, according to the Virginia Mercury.During the most recent reporting period, the caucus contributed $ 62,237 to King’s campaign. Other members of the General Assembly contributed $ 14,450.
The Mercury reported the feud was part of an escalation in an internal Democratic feud between advocacy group Clean Virginia and Dominion Energy. Montgomery is backed by Clean Virginia, while King has accepted money from Dominion. The company has not provided any money in the most recent period, but previous reports indicate that it accepted $ 10,000.
The winner of the primary will face Republican Gina Ciarcia, a teacher at the Dominion Christian School in Reston, in the November elections. She received $ 6,175 during the qualifying period and has $ 5,383 left.
The most contested Democratic race is in the 31st District, which includes parts of southeast Prince William, including Montclair and Independent Hill, as well as parts of northern and eastern Fauquier County.
Incumbent Guzman was seeking the lieutenant governor’s appointment, but stepped down in April and is now focused on maintaining her seat in the House. She was first elected in 2017, ousting eight-term Republican MP Scott Lingamfelter and ending the GOP’s 16 years in the seat. Guzman won a second two-year term in 2019 with 52.6% of the vote. She won the Prince William portion of her district, but lost the small portion of Fauquier.
Guzman faces three challengers in the primary.
Rod Hall, transportation policy adviser and former member of the Obama administration, led the fundraising race with nearly three times as much money as Guzman until the end of March. However, serving members of the General Assembly are not allowed to fundraise during the legislative session, which ran from early January to late February.
Guzman has jumped forward in campaign funds as she changed focus, raising $ 253,639 through the end of May, although $ 70,000 came from her lieutenant governor’s campaign fund. Guzman spent $ 209,977 and has $ 114,698 left.
Idris O’Connor, president of Prince William’s Young Democrats, and Kara Pitek, president of the Potomac Democrats’ upper district, are also seeking the nomination.
Hall was second in the recent reporting period with $ 85,671 raised. Pitek received $ 24,747 and O’Connor received $ 4,284.
Hall spent $ 133,215 and has $ 55,705 left. Pitek spent $ 30,669 and has $ 14,024 left. O’Connor has spent $ 6,121 and has $ 2,737 left.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Ben Baldwin in the November election. He received $ 20,331 during the reporting period and has $ 34,887 remaining.
In the 50th District, incumbent Carter will attempt to win the nomination while simultaneously seeking the party’s go-ahead for the governorship. The district covers Manassas and Prince William’s Linton Hall district.
If Carter won the governorship and his seat in the House, a special election would be held for his seat in the House of Delegates.
Carter won his first two-year term in 2017, toppling six-term Republican incumbent and House Majority Whip Jackson Miller. He survived a main challenge in 2019 and won the general election with 53.25% of the vote.
Carter is a frequent target of Republicans and Democrats for being a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist.
Carter’s challengers are Michelle Maldonado, owner of a small business in Bristow, and Helen Zurita, an activist from Manassas who notably defended the residents of the East End Mobile Home Park in 2016.
Much less money flows into the race than the 2nd and 31st arrondissements.
Maldonado raised the most dollars during the reporting period with $ 30,088. She spent $ 37,032 and she has $ 14,696 left. Carter raised $ 12,501, spent $ 8,872 and has $ 19,858 left.
Zurita has raised $ 2,945, spent $ 2,548 and has $ 3,968 left.
The winner of the primary will face Dr Steve Pleickhardt, who won the Republican nomination in a party poll, in the fall election. He received $ 4,884 and has $ 1,524 remaining.
The only local Republican primary takes place between two military veterans from the 51st District, which covers Prince William’s Lake Ridge, Woodbine, Bristow and Nokesville areas.
The seat is open after Democrat Ayala decided to forgo re-election to focus on running for lieutenant governor. Ayala won 54.6% of the vote against her Republican opponent in the 2019 election.
US Navy veteran Tim Cox faces US Army veteran Jeff Dove for the GOP nomination.
Dove leads the fundraiser with $ 15,908 raised over the past two months. He spent $ 16,113 and has $ 11,135 left. Cox raised $ 4,590, spent $ 3,389 and has $ 4,444 left.
The Republican candidate will face Democrat Briana Sewell, chief of staff to Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ann Wheeler, in the general election. She received $ 85,960 during the qualifying period and has $ 167,793 remaining.
Other Home races
Four more seats covering parts of Prince William will not have primaries but will be decided in the November general election:
- In the 13th arrondissement, Democrat Del. Danica Roem is challenged by Republican Christopher Stone. The seat represents Manassas Park and neighboring parts of Prince William, including Gainesville and Haymarket.
- In the 40th District, which represents parts of the northwestern counties of Prince William and Fairfax, incumbent Democratic MP Daniel Helmer will face Republican Harold Pyon.
- In the 52nd arrondissement, which includes Dumfries and Dale City, outgoing Democrat Luke Torian is being challenged by Republican Maria Martin.
- In the 87th District, which covers a small part of Prince William’s west and parts of Loudoun County, the incumbent Del. Suhas Subramanyam will face Republican challenger Greg Moulthrop.