Gov.-elect Ralph Northam made several appointments to his administration Tuesday, including two people with ties to Central Virginia. Ryant Washington, who was Fluvanna’s sheriff from 2000 to 2014, was tapped to become deputy secretary of public safety and homeland security.
Lynchburg attorney Mark Peake was one of two senators sworn in after a slight delay while the Senate considered waiting for the election results to be certified by the Virginia State Board of Elections. In the end, the Senate broke with tradition and decided not to wait swearing Peake and Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, in on Friday. Peake represents the 22nd District, which includes part of Lynchburg and Amherst and Appomattox counties and stretches to Goochland County.
After almost a year on the campaign trail, Lynchburg Republican Mark Peake defeated two opponents to win Virginia’s 22nd Senate District seat Tuesday, according to state Department of Elections preliminary results.
Lynchburg voters looking to cast their ballots in the special election for the 22nd Senate District on Tuesday encountered an unusual snag in the democratic process — voting precincts out of ballots.
According to Lynchburg Registrar Karen Patterson, the registrar and electoral board ordered 1,350 ballots for the special election, enough for 5 percent of the city’s registered voters.
Virginia voters are picking two state senators in a special election that could effectively hand control of that chamber from Republicans to Democrats.
Tuesday's elections in the 9th and 22nd Senate districts are being held to replace a Republican and Democrat who were elected to Congress.
If Democrats win both, they would effectively gain Senate control because of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's status as a tiebreaker.
Because of Saturday’s snowstorm, the commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Elections has extended until 2 p.m. today the deadline to vote absentee in person in Tuesday’s three special elections.
The elections, coming a day before the General Assembly session begins, will fill the seats of three former legislators who were sworn in last week as members of Congress — Reps. A. Donald McEachin, D-4th, and Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-5th, both former state senators; and Rep. Scott W. Taylor, R-2nd, a former member of the House of Delegates.
Virginia voters across the state will pick three new members of the General Assembly in a special election next week that could determine the balance of power in the state Senate.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe set the election for Tuesday to replace the state lawmakers who were elected to Congress in November.
The last time he ran to represent the 22nd Senate District, Mark Peake placed third in a tight five-way Republican primary.
The district was newly redrawn in 2011, splitting off eastern Lynchburg to stretch from Goochland County to that section of the Hill City. Peake said he hadn’t intended on running when he was represented by Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County, but the district came to him.
While campaigning door-to-door in Lynchburg’s Diamond Hill neighborhood, Ryant Washington came to an intersection where roads met at an unusual angle and the house numbers didn’t add up.
The Democratic nominee for Senate District 22 recalled his early days as a deputy in Fluvanna County, where he eventually would win four terms as sheriff.
Side-by-side on the same stage, the differences between the three men vying to represent the 22nd district in the state senate were noticeable on issues like raising the minimum wage.
"I will vote against the state imposing any kind of wage limit. That is not the state's duty, job, or responsibility," said Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg)