After a hotly contested primary, Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg on Tuesday held off a challenge by political newcomer Evandra Thompson and secured the party’s nomination in the 63rd House District.
“I said at the beginning of this primary that it will be the people of the 63rd District who decide this race, not some outsiders,” Dance said. “And the people of the 63rd District have spoken.”
Delegate Rosalyn R. Dance, pitted in a primary fight for her seat, raised twice as much money than her challenger in the most recent filing period, according to campaign finance reports to the State Board of Elections.
Dance raised more money than challenger Evandra Thompson in the latest financial period for Democratic Party primary for the 63rd District seat even though Thompson received a significant amount following an endorsement by a national political blogger.
Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, a civil rights icon, says he will support political newcomer Evandra D. Thompson in the Petersburg area’s June 11 Democratic primary for the House of Delegates
City Attorney Brian Telfair has issued a cease and desist letter to the Evandra Thompson campaign for circulating information on a campaign event scheduled for tonight that uses the city's seal.
Thompson is challenging incumbent Delegate Rosalyn Dance in the June 11 Democratic primary for the 63rd District seat in the House of Delegates.
Telfair said the message was issued Tuesday after it came to his office's attention that the city seal was being used without permission.
An influential progressive blogger on the national political stage has stepped into the Democratic primary contest between Delegate Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg, and Evandra Thompson, endorsing the challenger and launching a fundraising campaign.
The online fundraiser pulled in more than $4,000 in the first four hours after the post went live, and as of 7 p.m. Monday stood at $35,593 from 2,081 donors.
Evandra D. Thomspon, who is challenging Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-63rd, in the Democratic primary next month, has seen a significant boost in campaign donations today, thanks to an endorsement by the liberal blog Daily Kos.
The blog chimed in on criticizm of Dance for voting with Republicans too many times and because of her position on the Senate GOP redistricting ploy, which never made it to the House floor for a vote.
One thing was obvious Monday night: There’s no love lost between the two Democratic candidates vying for the House seat in the 63rd District.
At a final debate at the Tabernacle Community Life Center hosted by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Del. Rosalyn R. Dance and Evandra D. Thompson, her challenger in the party’s primary, took every chance to nag, nudge and snap at each other.
The tides may be turning for Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg. After what seemed a possible uphill battle against challenger Evandra D. Thompson, who has garnered the support of several key Democratic players for the June primary, other local party leaders have united behind Dance.
On Tuesday, the leaders of all six party committees in Dance’s district signed a letter of support for the incumbent.
More Democratic leaders in the 63rd House District today announced their support for Evandra D. Thompson, who is challenging Del. Rosalyn R. Dance, D-Petersburg, in the party’s primary in June.
Four former mayors of Petersburg and Hopewell – including a Virginia civil rights icon – said that they are disappointed with Dance’s service in the House of Delegates.
As two Democrats in the House of Delegates bicker over political and personal loyalty, both claim the motivation behind the feud might be the other’s ambition for a state Senate run.
Del. Rosalyn R. Dance of Petersburg said she believes that Del. Joseph D. Morrissey of Henrico County wants to oust her to make way for a possible Senate bid. “This is me against Joe,” she said.