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Eight Virginia legislators endorse Biden

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Eight Virginia lawmakers are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, Biden’s campaign announced Thursday. The list includes prominent members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus like Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, president pro tempore of the Senate; Sen. Lionell Spruill, D-Chesapeake; Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond; Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-Sussex; and Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake.

VaNews January 16, 2020

Spruill, Lewis, Cosgrove hang on to their state Senate seats

By BRIANA ADHIKUSUMA, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Three incumbents fought off challengers to hold on to their state Senate seats in South Hampton Roads Tuesday night, two of them Democrats and one a Republican.

VaNews November 6, 2019

For first time in 24 years, voters have a choice in Chesapeake-Norfolk state Senate district

By GORDON RAGO, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

It’s been more than 20 years, but voters in Virginia’s 5th Senate district will get to see two names on the ballot. The district’s incumbent, Democrat Lionell Spruill Sr., 72, has held the seat since a special election in 2016. Before he took the seat, it was long held by unchallenged Democrats. Voters will remember Yvonne Miller serving in the post for many years. Jeff Staples, who’s running as an independent, is mixing that up.

VaNews October 24, 2019

Virginia Lawmakers Push To Conceal Lottery Winners’ Names


At least three Virginia lawmakers are sponsoring bills this year to protect the identities of people who win the lottery. The odds of running into this problem, might be one in several million, but Virginians win high-dollar prizes monthly. And Senator Lionell Spruill, Sr. said those lucky people are automatically thrust into the spotlight, for better or worse.

VaNews December 20, 2018

Incumbent Cliff Hayes wins Virginia 77th House District

By AMIR VERA, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

C.E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr. will keep his seat in the state’s 77th District . The Democratic incumbent was challenged by Jeff B. Staples,

VaNews November 8, 2017

Brewer, Hayes win

By TRACY AGNEW, Suffolk News Herald

Suffolk saw more than 50-percent turnout in Tuesday’s elections, which featured statewide races as well as House of Delegates contests and a few local seats. Suffolk has 56,348 active registered voters. About 28,553 voted in the race for governor, giving the city slightly better than 50-percent turnout.

VaNews November 8, 2017

Green Party candidate races Democrat in 77th race

By AMIR VERA , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

The race for the state’s 77th District pits a self-described blue-collar Green Party candidate against a Democrat who said he’s been fighting for the district his entire life. Jeff B.Staples is challenging incumbent C.E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr.

VaNews November 1, 2017

Knight keeps Virginia House of Delegates 81st District seat

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Del. Barry Knight declared victory Tuesday night over Green Party candidate Jeffrey Staples in the race for the 81st District, which stretches from 10th Street at the Oceanfront to the North Carolina line and into parts of Chesapeake. Knight, a Republican, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2009.

VaNews November 4, 2015

Auto mechanic challenges Del. Barry Knight for 81st District seat

By STACY PARKER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Del. Barry Knight is facing his first challenger since landing a seat in the House of Delegates seven years ago. And his competitor wants to see a change in Richmond. Jeff Staples, a newcomer to politics and a Green Party candidate, is running against Knight, a Republican, for the 81st District, which covers the largest geographical area in South Hampton Roads.

VaNews October 29, 2015