Three Central Virginia legislators met with constituents on Thursday to outline some of the initiatives they plan to tackle in the upcoming General Assembly session.
Del.-elect Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville, and Sens. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, and Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, spoke at a legislative session at the University of Virginia.
Voters in all nine Central Virginia localities returned their incumbent state senators to office in Tuesday’s balloting.
The closest race was in the 17th district, which includes portions of Albemarle County, where incumbent Republican Bryce E. Reeves, defeated former Charlottesville City School Board member and Democratic challenger Amy J. Laufer.
Their race has gotten little statewide attention, but two candidates for Virginia Senate are advertising on TV in three different markets before the Nov. 5 election.
Senate District 17, held by Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, is the only Senate district with candidates on TV in that many different TV markets.
Democrat Amy Laufer, who was already on the air in the Richmond and Charlottesville markets, is now on broadcast TV in the expensive Washington, D.C. market.
One thing the candidates for the 17th District state Senate race can agree on is the differences between them.
The incumbent, Bryce Reeves, is a Republican touting a small-government agenda with a focus on the military and business. He also has a history of being pro-gun rights and anti-abortion. ...Laufer, 47, has said she is running against an opponent who holds beliefs that are completely contrary to hers, characterizing Reeves as a climate change denier who stands against equal rights, including a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion.
State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, called out a gay colleague over his sexual orientation during an NRA town hall meeting in Fredericksburg.
Speaking to a crowd of NRA members about the November elections, Reeves rattled off negatives about Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, in a monologue about why voters shouldn’t give control of the legislature to Democrats.
The primary races for the 17th District Senate seat turned out to be runaways.
Two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves romped over his challenger, Rich Breeden, to win the GOP nomination. In the race for the Democratic nod, Amy Laufer of Albemarle County cruised past Ben Hixon of Culpeper.
A pair of Democrats will face off in the June 11 primary to determine who gets to run for the 17th District Senate seat.
... Ben Hixon, a Culpeper County resident and computer programmer, and Albemarle County resident Amy Laufer, a former teacher and School Board member, both said incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves does not represent what they want in an elected leader.
For the first time in almost 70 years, the Charlottesville City Council will have an independent councilor on the dais. Also come January, it will be the first time that two African-Americans served on the council simultaneously.
In an upset for the Charlottesville Democratic Party and city School Board member Amy Laufer, Nikuyah Walker, a social justice activist and protégé of former Councilor Holly Edwards, who died in January, was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election.
...Though Democrats Heather Hill and Amy Laufer are hoping to extend the party’s longtime hold on the council, independent candidates John Hall, Kenneth Jackson, Paul Long and Nikuyah Walker are hoping that frustration with the status quo and outrage over the traumatic events of the white nationalist rally in August will give them a fighting chance for the at-large seats.