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TWO KEY HOUSE RACES TEST WESTERN HENRICO AS A SHIFTING POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Three Republicans had represented the 73rd House District in the General Assembly over a 35-year span. Two GOP delegates had held the neighboring 72nd House District seat in succession for 27 years. But in 2017 the GOP lost its dominant grip on the two western Henrico County districts in a crashing blue wave that gave both seats — and nearly party control of the House — to Democrats. Two years later, Republicans are pushing hard to regain both seats

VaNews October 14, 2019



DUNNAVANT CALLED FOR 'BUMP STOCK' BAN IN TV AD. IN THE LEGISLATURE, HOWEVER, SHE VOTED AGAINST IT.

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant says in a TV ad that she supports a federal ban on bump stocks, the devices that allow continuous firing of a semiautomatic firearm with one trigger pull. Not so fast, says Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the leading national organizations lobbying for restrictions on firearms. Dunnavant, R-Henrico, voted no on that issue in 2018 as a member of the Virginia General Assembly.

VaNews October 10, 2019



COMPETITIVE SENATE RACE SPENDS OVER $1 MILLION IN MEDIA ADS

By RODNEY ROBINSON, VCU Capital News Service

A competitive race in District 12 — covering Henrico and Hanover counties — has become the first Senate race in Virginia to spend over $1 million in broadcast TV ads. Democratic candidate Del. Debra Rodman is running against Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant, both representing Henrico.

VaNews October 8, 2019



VIRGINIA GOP CANDIDATE IN TIGHT HOUSE RACE BACKS GUN CONTROL

By RODNEY ROBINSON, VCU Capital News Service

Gun control policy could play a significant role in the 73rd House District race, especially with the Republican contender breaking away from the party’s usual stance on gun control. Republican Mary Margaret Kastelberg is calling for stricter gun control policies but says her positions are consistent with gun owner’s Second Amendment rights.

VaNews September 24, 2019



MAILER FROM DEMOCRAT RODMAN CALLS REPUBLICAN SEN. DUNNAVANT A 'QUACK'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, authorized a mail piece against her Senate opponent, Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, calling the OB-GYN a “quack.” Dunnavant called it a personal attack on her professional reputation as a doctor.

VaNews September 23, 2019



LOOKING FOR AN UNUSUALLY TENSE BUDGET DEBATE

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

With state revenues softening, the story state Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico shared from her shift at a Richmond area E.R. was an early signal of tough budget talk to come. In that emergency room, Dunnavant, whose day job is as a physician, spotted someone under a temporary detention order, because of a mental health crisis, and discovered that the person had been there for 24 hours because there was no bed available.

VaNews September 18, 2019



‘NOBODY NEEDS A 100-ROUND MAGAZINE’: VA. GOP CANDIDATE BACKS GUN CONTROL

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A Republican running for the Virginia House of Delegates is calling for stricter gun control, a message at odds with GOP leadership and virtually every Republican officeholder in the state. In a TV ad that begins airing Tuesday, Mary Margaret Kastelberg calls for more background checks, limits on magazine size and a “red flag” law that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

VaNews September 17, 2019



DEMOCRATS CHOOSE DEL. DEBRA RODMAN TO TAKE ON SEN. SIOBHAN DUNNAVANT

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman captured a Democratic primary Tuesday for the right to take on Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, in November. Rodman topped Veena Lothe, a lawyer who specializes in civil rights and immigration.

VaNews June 12, 2019



IN SENATE BID, DEL. DEBRA RODMAN LOSES CLOSE CONFIDANTES

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Del. Debra Rodman, D-Henrico, upset a 17-year Republican incumbent in 2017 as a concerned citizen running for office. Del. John O’Bannon, the Republican she toppled, outspent her and she didn’t get much backing from the Democratic Party in her 894-vote win. Rodman’s win was part of a wave election that flipped 15 GOP-held seats in the House of Delegates,

VaNews June 7, 2019



AT FORUM, DEMOCRATIC SENATE CANDIDATES DISCUSS ABORTION RIGHTS

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The two Democrats running in the June 11 primary for the chance to challenge state Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, said they would make abortion rights a focus of the general election campaign and said Virginia is at risk of Alabama-style legislation banning abortion if Democrats don’t win the General Assembly this year. Republicans control the Senate 21-19, and the 12th District seat is near the top of the list of targets Democrats hope to flip.

VaNews May 21, 2019