The pace of bill filings is picking up with hundreds of proposals a day flooding the Division of Legislative Services. Among the latest from the Peninsula delegation, Del. Shelly Simonds, D-Newport News, introduced her proposal for a state board to regulate the price of prescription drugs (an idea modeled on Maryland’s recent law) (HB 691).
One by one at Tuesday night’s meeting, the members of the Newport News School Board congratulated Shelly Simonds on her victory in this month’s general election and wished her luck in the House of Delegates.
At the end of the meeting, chair Gary Hunter laid out the timeline for bringing an interim onto the School Board to fill her Central District seat until a permanent replacement can be determined in May’s local election.
The Hampton and Newport News School Boards each have begun the process of replacing members who won seats to the House of Delegates Tuesday.
In each city, the respective School Boards will select an interim member to serve until the May local elections when voters will pick full-time replacements.
Last time, their hard-fought race for Newport News’ 94th House of Delegates district ended in a tie, with Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, returning to Richmond thanks to a lucky lot-drawing.
That kept Republicans in control of the House, 51-49.
The rematch, in a district that’s been tweaked to lean even more Democratic, puts GOP maverick Yancey against Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds,
When cable news networks last focused on her, Shelly Simonds was America’s best-known political loser, her razor-thin defeat in a Virginia General Assembly race turning her into a human billboard for an age-old maxim.
Every. Vote. Counts.
When a panel of federal judges this year moved the southern boundary of Newport News’ 94th House of Delegates district north from 50th Street to James River Drive, two fierce political rivals faced this question: Move or stay?
The two, Newport News School Board member Shelly Simonds and Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, lived about four blocks apart,
Their talking points were as harsh as the fliers moderators used as the basis for questions at one of Virginia’s few legislative debates.
But it came down to Democrat Shelly Simonds saying it was time for change and Republican incumbent David Yancey saying he had delivered as a delagate for Newport News.
Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, walked into a neighborhood newly attached to his district looking for votes and walked out with a new tighthead prop for the high school rugby team he coaches.
That can be the way of things when legislative candidates head out to meet voters, especially when recently-redrawn district lines mean they’re talking to people they’ve never met before.
Sometimes, the important thing about campaigning is what you hear. For Shelly Simonds, seeking to represent Newport News in the General Assembly, that’s included listening to how big a worry the price of medicine is to many constituents — and something that a Maryland legislator she called in her fundraising push mentioned.
“This is something that’s really risen to the top as we talk to people on the doors,” she said.
Guns, to be sure, are one of those issues that stir the passions — strong enough that Del. David Yancey’s proposal to give police and prosecutors another tool to investigate gun thefts has prompted angry phone calls accusing the life-long Republican of being a Democrat.
His idea was, evidently, a way of becoming famous, since some of the calls came from as far away as Florida and Iowa, says legislative aid Gretchen Heal, who gets to field them.