Temperance-area Supervisor Claudia Tucker said this week that she had been threatened by an anonymous caller and that someone was sending letters throughout the county criticizing her role in an eavesdropping investigation 12 years ago.
Tucker publicly disclosed the statements at the Tuesday meeting of the Amherst Board of Supervisors.
“I have been the subject of some cowardly activities,” Tucker said.
The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled the top five most expensive nomination contests in the House and Senate.
One surprise: The most expensive Senate primary was one of the least competitive.
Tom Garrett, the Louisa County commonwealth's attorney, bested four other Republicans to secure the party's nomination in the new 22nd state Senate District.
Garrett will take on Democrat Bert Dodson, a Lynchburg pest-control businessman, in a district that stretches from Goochland County to Lynchburg and is at the center of the Republicans' battle to take control of the state Senate.
Garrett beat Brian D. Bates, a Buckingham County Board of Supervisors member; Mark Peake, a Lynchburg lawyer in private practice; Bryan Rhode, a prosecutor with the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney's Office; and Claudia Duck Tucker, chairwoman of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors.
Garrett, who served for five years in the U.S. Army, calls himself a "Cuccinelli conservative" and gained the endorsement of the attorney general. He wants to cut or eliminate Virginia's corporate income tax and advocates drug tests for welfare recipients.
Louisa County, center of a powerful earthquake on Tuesday, shook the 22nd state Senate district again Tuesday night when Tom Garrett of Mineral won a hotly contested Republican primary.
Garrett, who had support from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Lynchburg Tea Party and the National Rifle Association, held a 171-vote margin over second-place Brian Bates of Buckingham County in complete but unofficial returns from the five-candidate race Tuesday night.
Garrett had entered the open-seat race calling himself a “Cuccinelli conservative” and vowing that he’d be the most conservative candidate in the field.
Republicans leaned toward their most conservative candidates in key state Senate races during Tuesday's legislative primaries.
In balloting shaken up by a Virginia-centered "once-in-a-century" earthquake that forced some voting precincts to move operations outdoors, the GOP and Democratic parties set up sharp contrasts in November elections that will determine whether Republicans take total control of Virginia policymaking for the first time in 10 years.
In the Senate, a net Republican gain of two seats would create a 20-20 split in the 40-member chamber, but Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling holds the tie-breaking vote. Republicans already control the House of Delegates and the governor's office.
Voters in select Virginia localities will hit the polls today to pick party nominees and set the slate for November's general election.
Around the state, primaries will be held in seven House of Delegates districts and nine Senate districts, which are at the center of a battle for control of the chamber. Republicans want to wrest the Senate majority from Democrats to secure control of both legislative chambers and the Executive Mansion.
All 140 House and Senate seats are up for election Nov. 8.
Tuesday is the deadline for parties to nominate candidates for this fall's General Assembly elections, and in several districts that means a primary election.
Statewide, 50 localities have primaries on Tuesday. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The primaries are spread among seven House districts and nine Senate districts.
The nomination contests are precursors to a hard-fought fall campaign season, as Republicans seek to retake control of the state Senate. There, Democrats hold only a slim two-seat majority, and Republicans think they can win enough seats to tip the balance. Several races, especially in Northern Virginia and Southside, are expected to be tough ones.
Virginia residents are expected to stay away from the polls in droves during Tuesday's rare off-year state legislative primaries during the dog-day vacation season of August.
But a handful of intraparty nomination fights, particularly in some state Senate battleground districts, will set the roster for November general elections with total GOP control of state government and a rightward shift in state policy at stake. Even when they fall on their normal time in June, Virginia's primaries often fall short of 10 percent of the registered voters. But this year, the General Assembly wasn't able to begin its decennial duty of redrawing Virginia's legislative and congressional lines until April, pushing the primary into late summer.
In a crowded field with little light between the candidates on policy, the five Republicans fighting for their party's nomination in the new 22nd state Senate district are emphasizing differences of experience.
They are the most glaring distinctions among the candidates — ones of experience and style. And voters in the district that stretches from Goochland County to Lynchburg will likely pick a nominee in Tuesday's primary based in part on those factors.
Five candidates have raised at least $510,000 in attempts to win the Republican nomination for state Senate in the party’s 22nd District primary election coming up Tuesday. Bryan Rhode of Goochland County continued to be the top fundraiser through Aug. 10, reporting $157,000 in contributions and loans. Rhode also topped the list for funds remaining in his account, with $35,000 as of Friday. Tom Garrett of Louisa County was second in fund-raising with a total of $122,000. He was the only 22nd District candidate who didn’t borrow any funds, according to his report to the State Board of Elections. Mark Peake of Lynchburg was third in fundraising with $89,000 through Aug. 10. Peake’s campaign received a $3,500 boost this week from James View Investment, according to a report posted Wednesday on the Virginia Public Access Project.