House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, of Charlottesville, decisively won the Democratic primary race for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday.
With all precincts reporting, Toscano had received 8,656 votes, or 67 percent of the vote. Ross Mittiga, a political researcher, instructor and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia, had secured 4,302 votes, or 33 percent, in his first time running for political office.
Two Democratic candidates are on the ballot in the race for the 57th District seat in the House of Delegates, with one pushing the message for party unity and the other for a more progressive movement.
The race for the Democratic nomination has pitted House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, of Charlottesville, against up-and-comer Ross Mittiga, a political researcher, instructor and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia.
The two candidates in the race for the Democratic nomination for the 57th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates agreed on several key issues in a forum Wednesday night at the University of Virginia, but they offered different visions to the audience.
House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, presented a vision of Democrats across the state working together to gain more of a presence in the General Assembly.
A Democratic candidate running a progressive, anti-corporate primary challenge to Virginia House of Delegates Minority Leader David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, says the Democratic Party of Virginia denied him access to voter data that powers door-knocking, mail campaigns and other essential campaign activities.
Ross Mittiga, a 28-year-old political researcher and instructor at the University of Virginia making his first run for elected office, said the party’s refusal to grant him access to its Voter Activation Network (or VAN), is the starkest example of hurdles he’s faced from his own party while challenging a Democratic incumbent.
With the bitterly contested presidential election recently over, thoughts of Central Virginia residents are now free to turn toward this year’s elections as challengers line up to contest local seats for the state’s House of Delegates.
Among those facing competition are Del. David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, ... and Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, .
Toscano’s challenge comes from a fellow Democrat, Ross Mittiga, who will challenge the delegate in the June 17 primary.
Bell’s potential opponent is Kellen Squire, a first-time candidate from rural Albemarle County, a Democrat and father of three who works as an emergency room nurse.