At least one member of the Virginia General Assembly is promising to try to strike from state law a requirement that people applying for a marriage license identify their race. If the proposal by state Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, becomes law, it will not be the first time in recent history that state lawmakers have gotten rid of the requirement. They did so in 2003 in a bill sponsored by one of Levine’s predecessors in the same House district, Marian Van Landingham, D-Alexandria. But in 2005, lawmakers reinstated the race question
Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) drew flak on social media on Wednesday for using a shooting in Philadelphia as a fundraising push.
Six police officers were shot in an 8 hour standoff with Philadelphia police officers on Wednesday. As that shooting was unfolding, Levine took to Facebook to call for campaign contributions, updating the number of affected officers as the shooting continued....“For every dollar donated today up to $10,000, I will give $2 from my campaign to a Democratic candidate who supports universal background checks and an assault weapons ban,” Levine wrote.
He had an opponent, then he didn’t. And as a result, Del. Mark Levine (D-45th) is home free in the Nov. 5 general election.
Earlier in the spring, Alexandria Republican Michael Clinkscale announced plans to challenge Levine, who is in his second two-year term in the House of Delegates. But Clinkscale did not qualify by the recent filing deadline, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections.
Justin Wilson, a three-term council member who is challenging Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg in the June Democratic primary, won the endorsements Friday of the city’s previous two mayors.
Bill Euille and Kerry Donley, who served a combined 19 consecutive years in office and were both defeated by Silberberg three years ago in the Democratic mayoral primary, touted Wilson’s leadership and teamwork.