Democratic Sen. John Miller won a third term in Richmond on Tuesday, besting a challenge from Republican attorney Mark Matney.
Complete unofficial results from the State Board of Elections show Miller with 17,981 votes, or 59.3 percent of the ballots cast, to Matney's 12,276 votes, or 40.5 percent.
Suffolk voters helped give two opposed incumbents for General Assembly seats a ticket back to Richmond during Tuesday’s election.
Although all 140 seats in the General Assembly were on Tuesday’s ballot statewide, only two of the eight that represent Suffolk were contested in a small number of precincts in North Suffolk.
Different approaches to education mark the two men seeking to represent voters in the state Senate's 1st District — along with agreement on an issue long associated with Newport News politicians: tighter regulation of high-interest loans that target the poor.
State Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, has worked to boost public schools, with a years-long effort to reduce what he's successfully argued are an excessive number of Standards of Learning tests for elementary school pupils.
The Peninsula is unusual in having not one, but two (count 'em!), House districts that are actually competitive, and so Shad Plank took a look at the race for money that always precedes the race for votes.
In the Newport News district where Republican Del. David Yancey is challenged by Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds, the money race looks like this for the month of June (and three days in May):
There are some big Peninsula power-broker names on state Sen. John Miller’s campaign steering committee – ranging from Huntington Ingalls CEO Mike Petters and Newport News Shipbuilding president Matt Mulherin to Casey Auto Group’s Art Casey, to TowneBank of the Peninsula Chairman Gordon Gentry to Hampton University President Dr. Bill Harvey to Riverside Health Systems CEO Bill Downey and PBMares CEO Alan Witt.
The local elections slate for General Assembly seats is coming together, and Marcia Price was the only Democrat who put in for retiring Del. Mamye BaCote's seat in Newport News.
Given the 95th District's Democratic tendencies — and the absence, at least for now, of Republican or other competition — Price has excellent odds for the open seat.
Conservative activist John Bloom, an engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding, hopes to challenge state Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, in November.
Bloom supports offshore drilling, mining for uranium, and allowing voters to register by party, to allow closed primary elections instead of Virginia’s current practice of allowing any voter to cast ballots in a primary.
A House panel effectively killed a bipartisan Senate proposal on Tuesday that would have allowed seniors age 65 and older to vote absentee without having to provide a reason.
Also Tuesday, the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee passed a House measure that would limit the forms of ID that voters can present at the polls.
By a 5-2 vote, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Privileges and Elections spiked Senate Bill 724, sponsored by Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News, and Sen. Jeff McWaters, R-Virginia Beach.
The state Senate approved a bill Monday allowing Virginians age 65 and older to vote by absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse.
Currently, Virginians are allowed to vote absentee only if they cannot get to the polls on Election Day for certain reasons, such as military service or jury duty. Last week, a Senate panel killed a bill that would have allowed any registered voter to vote absentee, but it approved a measure to allow seniors to do so.
For years, state lawmakers have struggled to decide on what guidelines to set for inclusion on the Virginia War Memorial's Shrine of Memory, a marble and glass wall bearing more than 12,000 names.
Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, says this may be the year for a change. The state Senate on Friday unanimously approved his bill (SB987) to include on the wall all active-duty military members who go missing or die in a combat zone under honorable conditions.