As a history and civics teacher in suburban Richmond, Schuyler VanValkenburg has seen his class sizes climb over the years. When he began teaching more than a decade ago, he averaged 25 students in a class. Now it’s 30. And it even reached 35 once.
The campaign of Democratic state House candidate Schuyler VanValkenburg falsely stated — on Facebook and in a news release — that GOP rival Eddie Whitlock volunteered to represent a man accused of sexual assault.
Education is driving the debate over who will fill an empty House of Delegates seat in Henrico County, but the two candidates are using different road maps.
Democrat Schuyler VanValkenburg and Republican Eddie Whitlock agree that education is a vital issue in the election to succeed retiring Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, in the 72nd House District, but they disagree on how to get there.
Donald Trump's surprise election to the presidency generated the Women's March protest nationally and a wave of first-time Democratic candidates for office in Virginia.
Democrats hope that translates into making gains against the 66-34 Republican majority in the state House of Delegates on Nov. 7, when all 100 seats are up for election.
When the topic of Confederate statues came up in the campaign for a semi-competitive House of Delegates district in suburban Richmond, it was hard to tell the Democrat from the Republican.
Dawn M. Adams, a health care professional running as a Democrat in a district that covers part of Richmond’s storied Monument Avenue, answered a question at a candidate forum last week by saying many people find the monuments “hurtful,” but many see them as history and “pieces of museum-esque art.”
Knocking doors on a steamy summer day, Schuyler VanValkenburg looks like any other politician running for office but his presence in the northern suburbs of Richmond is unusual: He's the first Democratic candidate to run in this district for a decade.
One has lived his entire life in Henrico County, the other is a transplant who says he represents the county’s rapidly changing demographics.
Eddie Whitlock, a lawyer and chairman of the county’s Republican committee, and Ernesto Sampson, a financial adviser who lives and works in the Innsbrook area, are the two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in a June 13 primary to run for the seat of retiring Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico,
Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says those four open Republican seats are part of a larger set of races Democrats are intensely focused on.
Republican Del. Jimmie Massie announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election to the Virginia General Assembly this year, creating an opening in the suburban western Henrico County district he has represented for nearly a decade.
Massie, a businessman who has represented the 72nd House of Delegates district since 2008, announced the decision Saturday afternoon on Facebook, calling his time in the House of Delegates “the greatest honor of my professional life.”
After retiring from her environmental law career, Mary Jo Sheeley spent much of her newfound free time volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Upset by President Donald Trump’s victory and shaken by the feeling that the things she believes in could no longer be taken for granted, she vowed to stay active.
She marched with hundreds of thousands of other women in D.C., then got together with small groups of other activists to talk about what to do next.
“It’s so clear what we need to do,” Sheeley said. “We need to look at what is going on locally. And we need to change the balance of power in the General Assembly.”