Court Plan Would Impact 3 Challengers
The expert who redrew 26 House of Delegates districts for a federal court was careful not to move any incumbents.
Challengers were not given the same consideration, and three candidates who had signed up to run in one district may find their residences located in another.
- Democrat Shelly Simonds would need to move in order to get a rematch with Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News). A November 2017 race between Simonds and Yancey ended in a tie, which was broken when Yancey's name was famously pulled from a bowl. The court plan would move Simonds' residence into the neighboring district of Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News).
- Sheila Bynum-Coleman was presumed to run again in HD 62, where she lost two years ago to Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell) by fewer than 900 votes. The plan would move Bynum-Coleman into the district of House Speaker Kirk Cox. Bynum-Coleman said she'll run in either district.
- Linnard Harris, a first-time candidate, had signed up to run as an independent against Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond). But the court plan also would move Harris' residence into Cox's district.
Jan. 24, 2019