Three Republican candidates with local-government experience are vying to succeed House Speaker Bill Howell in the June 13 primary.
Paul Milde, Susan Stimpson and Bob Thomas all have touted their conservative credentials, citing opposition to gun control, abortion and Medicaid expansion.
Former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson confirmed Thursday she will again seek the Republican nomination for the 28th District House of Delegates seat.
Stimpson, 46, said she was overwhelmed by the positive response to a recent Free Lance–Star article in which she blamed her erratic behavior last year on side effects of phentermine, a prescription appetite suppressant. She was arrested last year for trespassing at the Fredericksburg Wegmans and an airport, though she said both charges were dropped.
Virginia’s top Republican easily withstood a tea-party primary challenge Tuesday, signaling that a deeply fractured state GOP may be finding its footing at a crucial time when national Republicans are preparing for the 2016 presidential race.
With all precincts reporting, House Speaker William J. Howell (Stafford) defeated challenger Susan Stimpson, a former Stafford County supervisor and onetime Howell protege, by a 2-to-1 ratio, according to unofficial returns.
Just ahead of Tuesday’s Republican primary, a gun rights group has bankrolled a startling political mailer that portrays the speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates as being friendly to rapists.
Next to a photo that shows a woman cowering before a knife-wielding assailant, the mailer of the National Association for Gun Rights reads, “When seconds count, Bill Howell wants to leave you defenseless!”
Fifty miles south of Washington, Virginia’s most powerful Republican is locked in a primary battle with an underfunded, understaffed challenger who might not have merited even a mention in the annals of competitive campaigns any other year.
But that was before Dave Brat, an unknown professor of economics at Randolph-Macon College, harnessed tea party fervor last year to oust then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
A Stafford County Circuit Court judge on Thursday denied Susan B. Stimpson, a Republican seeking to unseat House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell in a June 9 primary, a motion for temporary injunctive relief in her case against the State Board of Elections.
In one of the most watched House of Delegates races this year, Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, is dominating the money race against primary challenger Susan B. Stimpson ahead of the June 9 primary.
On Monday, Howell reported that he raised $551,757 in the period that began April 1 and ended May 27.
RICHMOND — After slamming the speaker of the Virginia House for taking big bucks from the national Realtors association, his Republican primary challenger is getting some help from a conservative group that doesn’t disclose its donors.
The Republican challenger to Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell on Wednesday sued the state over what she says is a change in absentee-ballot rules that gives the speaker an unfair advantage ahead of next month’s primary.
Susan Stimpson, a former Stafford County supervisor and onetime Howell protege, filed suit in Stafford County Circuit Court against the state Board of Elections.
Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell and his Republican challenger, Susan Stimpson, clashed Sunday over taxes, Medicaid and transportation in their first faceoff ahead of next month’s primary.
Stimpson is taking on Howell, her former political mentor and a 28-year incumbent, in a district 50 miles south of Washington that includes Stafford County and Fredericksburg.