With no clear challengers, two newcomers stand to take seats and represent Northern Shenandoah Valley districts in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Whether supporters of Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Winchester, stage a write-in campaign this fall as a re-election bid remains uncertain.
Former state Sen. H. Russell "Russ" Potts Jr., a longtime Sherwood backer, said Wednesday he has no involvement in any write-in campaign but voiced concern over the shift in the Republican Party and the candidates chosen by the voters.
The defeat of two veteran Republican delegates in Tuesday’s primary opened more committee chairmanships in the House of Delegates and fanned debate about the impact of this year’s historic transportation funding vote.
Del. Joe T. May, R-Loudoun, and Del. Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick, supported the transportation funding overhaul that passed in this year’s General Assembly session, a landmark infusion of cash into the state’s beleaguered roads fund.
Two 20-year veterans of Virginia’s House of Delegates lost their seats Tuesday, falling to GOP primary challengers who assailed their support for a tax-heavy transportation funding overhaul.
Del. Joe T. May (Loudoun) and Del. Beverly J. Sherwood (Frederick) lost to political newcomers who railed against the transportation plan, which imposes a $1.2-billion-a-year tax increase.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is backing several Republicans facing a primary next week who voted for the landmark transportation legislation during this year’s General Assembly session through his newly formed political action committee.
In a letter to supporters on Thursday, Bolling (R) announced that he is endorsing and providing financial support to five delegates in the June 11 primary through the Virginia Mainstream Project: Speaker William J. Howell of Stafford, C. Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah, Beverly J. Sherwood of Frederick, Joe T. May of Loudoun and Robert D. Orrock of Caroline. Additionally the PAC will fund 60-second radio ads for Orrock and Sherwood in their local markets.
Mark Warner was in the governor’s mansion the last time a Republican state delegate in Virginia had to fend off a primary challenger. On Tuesday, five do.
What has inspired most of this year’s GOP insurgents is the same thing that sparked the intraparty upstarts in Warner’s day: taxes.
The members of the House of Delegates who will sit on the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission were announced Sunday, and two represent the Richmond area.
Dels. R. Steven Landes, R-Augusta, Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, John M. O’Bannon III, R-Henrico, Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth, and Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick, were named to the commission. The Senate appointees have not yet been chosen.
Speaker of the House of Delegates William Howell, R-Stafford, named the chambers budget conferees Friday - the day after the House passed its budget, but the Senate version of the budget was blocked by Democrats. This session's House budget conferees are Lacey E. Putney, I-Bedford, M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox, R-Colonial Heights, Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Frederick, Johnny S. Joannou, D-Portsmouth, Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, and Steven "Steve" Landes, R-Augusta.
A lobby group that fights the sexual abuse of children is pressuring Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Winchester, and Gov. Bob McDonnell to increase funding for a task force that targets online predators. In 2010, the General Assembly passed Alicia's Law, which adds a $10 fee that defendants must pay for each felony and misdemeanor they are convicted of. That money goes into the Internet Crimes Against Children Fund.