Freshman Del. Monty Mason won re-election Tuesday to represent the 93rd House of Delegates district in the General Assembly.
Complete unofficial results from the state Department of Elections are Mason 8,903; Overy 7,345.
Well, turnout wasn’t quite as low as polls suggested – but still low.
In the race between Del David Yancey, R-Newport News, and Democrat Shelly Simonds to represent Newport News' 94th House of Delegates district, turnout looks like it was 30.55% of all registered voters.
In the Del, Monty Mason D-Williamsburg, versus Republican Lara Overy race, turnout was 30.18%.
At their one face-to-face meeting before Election Day, the two candidates seeking to represent the 93rd House of Delegates district focused on the same issue that's characterized the war of words waged on their mailers and TV ads:
Whether what Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, and Republican challenger Lara Overy have been saying about one another is fair and accurate.
The crowd that filled the 268-seat theater at the Williamsburg Library Thursday night for a debate between 93rd House of Delegates candidates saw a feisty contest.
Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, and his Republican opponent Lara Overy mixed it up before a crowd roughly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, based on the ovations they both received when they were introduced.
If House Republicans are putting their money where their mouths are, they're expecting to speak loudly in the 93rd District House of Delegates race, where they've poured big sums into Lara Overy's bid to unseat Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg.
In the last round of campaign finance reports before Election Day, Overy reported the biggest sum received by any House candidate for the first three weeks of October: $463,235. Mason raised $367,187.
A tax credit bill that one House of Delegate candidate says shows her opponent is out of touch, particularly with nonprofit groups turns out to have been backed by Peninsula nonprofits that work with kids.
Del. Monty Mason’s bill didn’t pass, but it would have reduced the amount of a tax credit people and business could claim when making donations to a qualified neighborhood organization from 65 percent now to 50 percent by 2018.
The only Virginia legislator in modern times to be jailed on federal corruption charges once had a lock on the 93rd House of Delegates district, but it has since been the General Assembly's yo-yo seat.
Now, Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, hopes his high-energy style on issues ranging from seniors to pre-school to transit will break that pattern and win him re-election.
Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, had a meet and greet Thursday evening with the Virginia 21 chapter at the College of William & Mary.
Virginia 21 is a non-partisan group that advocates on issues affecting students.
General Assembly candidates were aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Jenny S” on Friday as it glided along the Warwick and James rivers.
“Hopefully we can impact the people that make the decisions,” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation intern Emily Brooks.
Summer meant no lull in two of the hottest House of Delegates races, campaign finance reports from the Newport News' 94th District and the Williamsburg-based 93rd show.
Both were million-dollar-plus races in 2013, and the battle for the seats held by Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, and Del. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, seems headed that way again.