Despite losing their majority in the House of Delegates, Republicans cruised to victory in three Lynchburg-area House districts Tuesday, returning two longtime delegates and sending a first-time candidate to Richmond.
Del. Kathy Byron, Del. C. Matt Fariss and longtime Republican activist Wendell Walker all won their races
The November 2019 election is next week and the race for the House of Delegates seat in the 59th District of Virginia offers up two very different candidates.
Incumbent Republican Matt Fariss, from Campbell County, is up for re-election while his challenger, Democrat Tim Hickey, a teacher in Albemarle, is running for public office for the first time.
On a rainy Sunday in Southern Albemarle County, a dozen people have gathered at a local cidery to meet candidate Tim Hickey – a Democrat running for State Delegate in the 59th district.
“The 59th district runs from southern Albemarle County down through the eastern part of Nelson County and includes all of Buckingham, all of Appomatox and most of Campbell County,” the candidate says.
A campaign committee for state delegate may have violated state code by fundraising via a raffle.
According to a Facebook event page, a fundraising event on Oct. 6 raised money for Del. Matt Fariss, R-Rustburg, through a raffle.
A flyer posted to the event page advertised a dog-hunting event, titled Hyland Farm Field Trial, in Rustburg.
Ten Dems running in solidly red General Assembly districts—like the ones that dissect Albemarle County—are doing what rural folk have always done: banding together to help each other out.
They’ve formed a coalition called Rural Groundgame, hired a few staffers, and are sharing resources on how to reach the voters who face the same rural issues.
Tim Hickey said problems facing people in Virginia’s 59th District transcend the party lines that currently divide legislators in Washington, D.C.
“I think a lot of that is manufactured,” Hickey said of the current state of national politics. “Locally, I think people tend to be more bipartisan because we are dealing with issues that affect all of us." ... Hickey — an educator in Greene County — has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to challenge four-term incumbent Del. Matt Fariss, R-Campbell, for his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates next year.
Del. Matt Fariss, a Republican representing the 59th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, plans to develop about 35 acres into a single-family subdivision near the regional landfill on Livestock Road in Campbell County.
Fariss, a Campbell County resident, received unanimous approval Nov. 8 from the Campbell County Board of Supervisors after requesting to rezone the land along Calohan Road from agricultural to residential.