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Delegate elections smashed fundraising records in Prince William


Prince William recorded the most expensive races for the House of Delegates in the county’s history in 2017, with candidates in each of the six contested races for the General Assembly’s lower chamber smashing records for previous fundraising efforts in those districts.

VaNews January 29, 2018

Stafford judge advises delay in Garrisonville swearing-in ceremony set for Thursday

By KRISTIN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A judge has advised the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to delay swearing in Mark Dudenhefer, who was set to take the oath for the Garrisonville District seat during a ceremony Thursday night. Dudenhefer's challenger, incumbent Laura Sellers, has petitioned the court for a recount after losing the election by 12 votes.

VaNews December 6, 2017

After additional votes counted, Dudenhefer, Thomas still come out on top in Stafford election

By KRISTIN DAVIS, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Two Republicans clinched narrow victories over their Democratic opponents after votes were certified by the Stafford County Electoral Board Tuesday afternoon. But the Nov. 7 election results in Stafford may face additional challenges before they are fully settled. The official vote tallies, which are headed to Richmond, show Mark Dudenhefer beating incumbent Laura Sellers for the Garrisonville District Board of Supervisors seat by 12 votes and Bob Thomas edging out Joshua Cole by 82 votes for the 28th District seat in the House of Delegates.

VaNews November 15, 2017

Stafford votes for Mankee but Foy wins 2nd District

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy won her June primary by just 12 votes; now, she’s headed to Richmond. Foy, a public defender in Arlington County, is the new delegate for Virginia’s 2nd District, beating Republican Mike Makee 63 percent to 37 percent.

VaNews November 13, 2017

Thomas, Dudenhefer muster narrow wins

By TRACY BELL, Sun Gazette

Republican Bob Thomas, running for the 28th District in the House of Delegates, celebrated a narrow victory on Election Day over his opponent, Democrat Joshua Cole. ... Another close race occurred in the Garrisonville District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. Republican Mark Dudenhefer prevailed over incumbent Supervisor Laura Sellers by just 15 votes

VaNews November 13, 2017

Trump factor adds drama to Tuesday's election in Virginia, Fredericksburg area

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Voters in the Fredericksburg region will have a host of statewide and local candidates to choose from in Tuesday’s highly anticipated election. The race for governor between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie is the main attraction, with many labeling it a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump’s first year in office. It has devolved into a nasty campaign featuring attack ads tying Northam to MS-13 gangs and a child molester and Gillespie to the Enron scandal and white supremacists.

VaNews November 5, 2017

Down-ballot drama: 2017 guide to Virginia House of Delegate races


In addition to the high-profile race for governor and other statewide races, Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in on a flurry of competitive races farther down the ballot: House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs Tuesday. This election features more competitive House races than at any time in the past two decades, and analysts say the usually local, low-key races are shaping up to be an early barometer of the national political climate nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.

VaNews November 4, 2017

2nd House District candidates stress need for traffic improvements

By CATHY DYSON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Both candidates for the 2nd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates are all too familiar with backups on Interstate 95, which is why Jennifer Carroll Foy and Mike Makee consider transportation a pressing problem.

VaNews November 3, 2017

More mothers of young kids are running for political office as stigma begins to lift

By MICHAEL ALISON CHANDLER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Soon after Donald Trump was elected president, Jennifer Carroll Foy, a 36-year old public defender from Woodbridge, made a life-changing decision to run for the Virginia House of Delegates. Three weeks after she launched her campaign, she found out she was due for another life change. She was pregnant with twins. The news did not shake her decision to run for office.

VaNews November 2, 2017

Following The Money From High-Interest Lenders To Lawmakers


Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns.

VaNews November 1, 2017