The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled the top five most expensive nomination contests in the House and Senate.
One surprise: The most expensive Senate primary was one of the least competitive.
Richard H. “Dick” Black has bested John T. Stirrup and Robert S. FtizSimmonds in the Republican primary for the 13th Virginia Senate seat which encompasses parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties, according to unofficial results from the Virginia State board of elections.
Black won about about 39 percent of the vote with all of the 52 precincts reporting.
Black who describes himself on his Vote-Va.org as a staunch fiscal and social conservative, could not be reached for comment.
Black lives in Leesburg with his wife Barbara his wife of 42 years. They have three children and nine grandchildren
Republicans leaned toward their most conservative candidates in key state Senate races during Tuesday's legislative primaries.
In balloting shaken up by a Virginia-centered "once-in-a-century" earthquake that forced some voting precincts to move operations outdoors, the GOP and Democratic parties set up sharp contrasts in November elections that will determine whether Republicans take total control of Virginia policymaking for the first time in 10 years.
In the Senate, a net Republican gain of two seats would create a 20-20 split in the 40-member chamber, but Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling holds the tie-breaking vote. Republicans already control the House of Delegates and the governor's office.
On either side of Gallberry Terrace, building crews are everywhere — hammering nails into the frame of houses and sawing pieces of plywood in yards still bare of grass. The sounds of construction can be heard throughout Loudoun County’s Stone Ridge, a Truman Show-esque planned community with its own parks, schools and shops. The half-built row of seven townhouses are dressed in massive green tarps. Virtually every one of them boasts a red Too late, Sold! sign. The growth has led the region to gain one seat in the Senate and three in the House of Delegates — all in the thriving outer suburbs of Loudoun and Prince William counties. Rural parts of the state, once home to farms and factories, have seen their political representation decline as lost jobs led to an exodus.
With just a few days remaining before Tuesday's primary battle in contested races for General Assembly seats, some Loudoun candidates are breaking the bank in their effort to land part-time, $18,000-per-year jobs in Richmond.
According to the latest campaign finance reports filed Monday, three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the 13th Senate District have spent more than $360,000 in their quest. On the fundraising side, Dick Black ($147,070) and John T. Stirrup ($141,193) are running a tight race, with Bob FitzSimmonds collecting another $51,319 to promote his candidacy. Loudoun's fundraising leader is in the 87th House of Delegates District. David Ramadan has outpaced Jo Ann Chase 10 to 1 in fundraising for Tuesday's Republican primary. Spending has been more modest in the 10th House District, but the three candidates are still spending at a pace higher than the statewide average.
The candidates for the Republican nomination in the 13th Senate District appeared to agree on a majority of the issues during last night's debate in Leesburg-but it was when discussing each other's history and voting records that the candidates tried to separate themselves and the sparks began to fly. Former Delegate Dick Black, Prince William Deputy Clerk of the Court Bob FitzSimmonds, and Prince William Supervisor John Stirrup are vying for the opportunity to face Democrat Shawn Mitchell at the polls in November. The Republican Party of Virginia hosted a debate for the candidates at Rust Library ahead of the Aug. 23 primary. The back-and-forth began when Black called attention to a mailer from Stirrup's campaign about Black's vote while in the House of Delegates to "waste taxpayer dollars on a pay raise for politicians, including himself." Stirrup also challenged the tabling of a vote to remove the increases from the bill. Black questioned why he was called a "just another cheating politician," and if that sentiment extended to others who voted for the amendment, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, then a delegate, and Del. Joe T. May (R-33).
Dick Black is back. Mr. Black, a staunchly conservative former state delegate who notably irked colleagues in 2003 by passing out plastic fetuses before a crucial abortion vote, has moved — again — to run in the Aug. 23 Republican primary race for an open Virginia Senate seat in Prince William and Loudoun counties. But it remains to be seen whether Mr. Black, who was voted out of office in 2005, is a good fit for the burgeoning exurb he once represented and a constituency that has become increasingly diverse since its districts were last drawn 10 years ago. After winning a House seat in 1998, Mr. Black unsuccessfully pushed for a measure that would have required doctors to administer anesthesia to fetuses prior to later-term abortions and another that tried to effectively ban gay people from adopting children in Virginia.