Joseph Yost and James Harder’s just-finished battle for the 12th District House of Delegates seat seems headed for the ranks of the region’s most expensive political campaigns. But calculating the monetary costs of the election may be less straightforward than the bottom lines on candidates’ finance reports indicate.
Republican incumbent Joseph Yost walked, knocked and spent his way to a second term in the House of Delegates 12th District on Tuesday, beating back a Democratic challenger in a race that attracted more than $900,000 in contributions.
The already pricey race for the 12th District House of Delegates seat in the New River Valley exploded this week, with both Republican and Democratic parties putting more money into the contest than into any other House district across Virginia.
Incumbent Del. Joseph Yost, R-Pearisburg, broke the half-million-dollar fundraising mark this week with two contributions from the Dominion Leadership Trust, a political action committee led by House Speaker William Howell.
The race for the 12th District House of Delegates seat pits the General Assembly’s youngest legislator against a challenger who first saw the House chamber as a child accompanying his grandmother — who at the time represented the 12th.
Considered one of the more competitive House races in the commonwealth, the contest for the 12th is again attracting large amounts of money, much of it from outside the district.
The candidates in two New River Valley House of Delegates districts traded views on a wide range of policy issues at a Blacksburg forum Thursday night, and not all of their differences broke along party lines.
Two incumbent Republicans, Nick Rush of Christiansburg and Joseph Yost of Pearisburg , explained how they came down on opposite sides of the landmark transportation funding bill the General Assembly passed earlier this year.
A campaign brochure distributed in the New River Valley home turf of Republican Del. Joseph Yost of Pearisburg has outraged his family, with his wife calling it “a despicably personal attack.”
The mail piece authorized by House of Delegates challenger Democrat James Harder’s campaign claims that Yost “voted repeatedly for a plan that would force police to investigate women when they have a miscarriage.”
A new voter registration effort aims to sign up 3,000 Virginia Tech students and sway the 12th District House of Delegates race.
“The Student Voter Project will use the momentum gained from last year’s presidential election to continue registering and turning out the student vote,” said a statement the new group issued Monday. “SVP will work to make voting cool again.”
There could some early hints about legislative races that are likely to hot this year buried in the latest bath of campaign finance reports.
First term Del. Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, who hadn’t been doing all that much fundraising, stepped up the pace in June, raising nearly 23,300. He had nearly $31,000 on hand as of June 30, compared to Democrat James Harder’s $20,000.
James Harder this week gained Democrats' formal go-ahead to run against Del. Joseph Yost, R-Blacksburg, after no other candidate met the pre-filing deadline.
James Harder, the grandson of a longtime Blacksburg Democratic state delegate, announced Thursday that he wants to challenge incumbent Joseph Yost in the 12th House District.
Harder, 30, a doctoral student at Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy, said he was inspired by his grandmother Joan Munford, who represented a House district that included Blacksburg from 1982 until 1993.