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VaNews for Chris Peace

Write-in efforts will complicate election night in Freitas’ and Peace’s districts

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

Hundreds of red and white pens emblazoned with the name Nick Freitas are part of an expensive and laborious campaign encouraging voters to fill in a bubble, and accurately and legibly spell out his name. The race in the 30th House District is one of at least two General Assembly contests that will feature a write-in effort, and whose results will remain murky on election night.

VaNews November 2, 2019

With Chris Peace out as delegate, 2 seek his seat

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

One of the hardest-fought campaigns the race for the next General Assembly has already been fought as incumbent Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, lost his bid for his party’s nomination. Instead, Hanover County supervisor Scott Wyatt, who entered the race in part because he disagreed with Peace’s support for Medicaid expansion last year, will face Democrat Kevin Washington, a New Kent IT specialist who is making his first run for elected office.

VaNews October 29, 2019

Defeated GOP Del. Chris Peace’s father-in-law starts PAC to support write-in effort

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Virginia Mercury

Disgruntled Republican voters in a suburban Richmond district have created at least two political action committees to drum up write-in votes for Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, who lost his party’s nomination earlier this year to Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt. One of the PACs, My Vote Matters Va, lists John Hopkins, Peace’s father-in-law, as its treasurer and custodian, according to paperwork filed with the Virginia Department of Elections.

VaNews October 18, 2019

Hanover GOP chairman demands Del. Chris Peace disavow write-in votes

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The chairman of the Hanover County Republican Committee has asked departing Del. Chris Peace to disavow a “very public write-in campaign” allegedly being run by Peace supporters disillusioned by the incumbent’s primary loss earlier this year.

VaNews September 16, 2019

GOP nominee Scott Wyatt and Speaker Kirk Cox urge Republicans to unite and focus on November

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Scott Wyatt, the GOP nominee in the 97th House District, on Tuesday urged Republicans to look forward and unite now that Del. Chris Peace has dropped his bid to retain the seat. “I wish him well and I want to thank him for his service,” to the district, Wyatt said of Peace in a brief telephone interview.

VaNews July 3, 2019

Peace drops effort to keep seat in 97th, says Wyatt will help protect GOP majority

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, announced Monday night that he is abandoning his bid to hold the 97th District seat in the House of Delegates after losing a contentious nomination battle to Hanover County Supervisor Scott Wyatt.

VaNews July 2, 2019

State election officials certify Scott Wyatt as GOP nominee in Virginia's 97th House race

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

State election officials on Friday sanctioned Hanover Supervisor Scott Wyatt as the Republican nominee for the 97th House district anchored in Hanover. The decision by the board on Friday dealt a critical blow to efforts by Republican Del. Chris Peace to hold onto his seat through a heated nomination fight months in the making.

VaNews July 1, 2019

RPV: Wyatt is the 97th nominee

By JIM RIDOLPHI, Mechanicsville Local

In what appears to be the final -- and perhaps definitive -- statement by the Republican Party of Virginia regarding a contentious 97th District House of Delegate nomination process, the GOP’s State Central Committee ruled on Saturday, June 22, to validate a May 4 Convention that selected Scott Wyatt as the party’s nominee. Party officials said they would submit Wyatt’s name to the state’s Board of Elections on Monday, June 24, eliminating any confusion as to who will represent the Republican candidate this November.

VaNews June 25, 2019

Highest body of Va. GOP affirms Wyatt as nominee in 97th; Peace 'keeping all options on the table'

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

The highest body of the Republican Party of Virginia voted overwhelmingly Saturday to affirm Scott Wyatt as the party's nominee in the 97th House of Delegates district anchored in Hanover County. Wyatt's anointment by the GOP's State Central Committee represents the last word from party leaders on the chaotic contest ...

VaNews June 24, 2019

Contrary to online posts, Del. Chris Peace is not running as an independent

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Online postings claiming Del. Chris Peace, R-Hanover, has filed to run as an independent in November are false. Republicans in House District 97 are in a fight over whether Peace or Hanover Supervisor Scott Wyatt won their party’s nomination to be on the ballot this fall. Peace on Thursday posted on Facebook that allegations he has filed to run as an independent are false.

VaNews June 21, 2019