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Commonwealth Caucus hopes to increase bipartisanship

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

First-year Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th) and veteran state Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr. (R-24th) have joined forces to co-chair the new Commonwealth Caucus designed to increase bipartisanship during the new General Assembly session in Richmond. State Sens. John Bell (D-13th) and Jill Vogel (R-27th), both of whom represent portions of Loudoun County, are members of the caucus.

VaNews January 14, 2020

Loudoun County supervisors oppose Second Amendment support in legislative package

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 3 voted against supporting a Second Amendment policy statement within its Richmond legislative program. After items on affordable housing and waiving land use permit fees were quickly added to the program, the board’s mood shifted after Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins (R) asked the board to consider supporting a policy statement showing affirmation for the Second Amendment.

VaNews December 10, 2019

Bell tops Higgins to win 13th District Senate seat

Inside NOVA

Democrat John Bell has defeated Republican Geary Higgins for the 13th District state Senate seat, considered a key if Democrats are to take control of the chamber.

VaNews November 6, 2019

Northern Virginia races will be key in deciding General Assembly control


Several key legislative races in Northern Virginia will help determine control of the Virginia General Assembly for the next two years, particularly in the outlying suburbs of Loudoun and Prince William counties. ... In the Senate, the biggest Northern Virginia race to watch Tuesday is the 13th District, which consists of portions of Loudoun and Prince William counties. The seat currently is held by conservative Republican Dick Black, who is retiring.

VaNews November 5, 2019

In contest for Black’s seat, focus on gun violence, response to Justin Fairfax allegations

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

With longtime Republican state Sen. Richard H. Black leaving office at year’s end, Democrats appear poised to win the Loudoun County-area seat he’s held on to as his district turned increasingly blue. Del. John J. Bell (D-Loudoun) and Loudoun County Supervisor Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) are each catering their message to moderate voters, particularly white women.

VaNews November 1, 2019

Higgins routs Meyer in 13th Senate District Republican primary

By STAFF REPORT, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins handily defeated his board colleague Ron Meyer in the 13th Senate District Republican primary on Tuesday. Higgins claimed 65 percent of the vote to Meyer's 35 percent. The 13th Senate District seat is being vacated by the retiring Dick Black

VaNews June 12, 2019

Loudoun supervisors vie for GOP nod for state senate

By JAMES IVANCIC, Prince William Times

State Sen. Dick Black’s decision not to run for re-election sparked such a flurry of interest in the 13th District state senate seat, that at one point three Republicans and six Democrats were vying for their parties’ nods in the contest. In the closely divided Virginia Senate, the race for the 13th District is one of the hottest in the state. The GOP likely must hold onto the post to retain their two-seat majority in the commonwealth’s upper chamber. Meanwhile, Democrats hope to flip the seat in their quest to take control of the Virginia General Assembly.

VaNews June 8, 2019

Several Loudoun County incumbents to see intra-party challenges in upcoming primaries

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Seven nominees for elected office will be up for a vote in upcoming party primaries as the General Election draws closer. In arguably the marquee primary race, Catoctin Supervisor Geary Higgins and Broad Run Supervisor Ron Meyer will face each other in a state-run June 11 Republican primary for the state Senate's 13th District seat.

VaNews April 22, 2019

Virginia Senate approves Sen. Black's bill to allow guns in places of worship

By NATHANIEL CLINE, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Virginia Senate voted to allow guns in places of worship Thursday afternoon in Richmond. State Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) of Loudoun filed the bill to repeal Virginia Code 18.2-283, carrying a dangerous weapon at a place of religious worship, after the same proposal by local Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) was passed over last year.

VaNews January 25, 2019

Senator Dick Black retiring

By JEANINE MARTIN, Bull Elephant

TBE has learned of an impending announcement from a conservative stalwart in the Virginia Senate. According sources close to Senator Dick Black (R-Loudoun), the Senator is planning to announce later today that he will retire from the Virginia Senate at the end of his current term in January 2020.

VaNews January 2, 2019