Dec.1 and Dec. 5 – “Firehouse” Primaries for two Virginia State Senate Seats
In a rushed election designed to elect senators before next year’s State Senate session begins in January, Republicans will vote in the primaries to fill two seats. Both of these elections are not traditional – there will be only one polling place that all district voters must go to in order to vote in the primary and voters must sign a pledge “to support the Republican candidate” in the general election. Of course, these are not binding.
The Virginia State Senate is controlled by the Democrats 21-19. If Republicans and newly elected governor Bob McDonnell want to take back this chamber, it is imperative that they hold both of these seats.
On December 1, Republicans in northern Virginia will choose their candidate to replace Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who was elected State Attorney General in early November. The vote will be held at the Centreville High School from 6 pm to 10 pm.
The three candidates are Marianne Horinko, acting administrator of the EPA under President George W. Bush, Steve Hunt, a Navy veteran and former Fairfax County School Board member, and Will Nance, executive director of the Greenspring Retirement Community.
Whomever wins this strange election will face Democrat David Marsden, a Viriginia Delegate (the equivalent of a State Representative) in the general election in January.
Republican Ken Stolle was elected Virginia Beach Sheriff and he will be resigning his State Senate seat shortly. On December 5, Republicans will be choosing their candidate to replace him. One of the most Republican districts in all of Virginia, Democrats do not have a candidate in this race, so the primary on December 5 will be decisive to who goes to Richmond.
The election will be held in a more traditional fashion – 5 polling places will be open from 10 AM to 3 PM on December 5.