Former state Sen. John Watkins has been named to a state commission on the public employee pension system that he helped reform during his final term in the General Assembly.
But it was a surprise to him.
Senate Republicans this week delayed a vote on bills by fellow GOP Sen. Glen Sturtevant of Richmond, who has gone against his party in a political fight over the state Supreme Court.
Sturtevant, a freshman, helped Republicans keep their 21-19 lock on the Senate with a win in November over Democrat Dan Gecker to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Watkins in the 10th District.
A freshman Republican senator from Richmond is standing up — and standing in the way of plans by the General Assembly’s Republican leadership to oust a Virginia Supreme Court justice.
Sen. Glen H. Sturtevant Jr., R-Richmond, confirmed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Saturday night that he will not vote to support the nomination of Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. to the state Supreme Court.
In the aftermath of a bruising race, during which the top two candidates spent a record $3.7 million in an effort to influence voters in the 10th state Senate District, Glen Sturtevant credited his victory to an effective ground game.
“This has been a long, tiring campaign: I’ve got multiple ruined pairs of shoes to show for it,” Sturtevant said last week after securing the right to succeed retiring Sen. John Watkins with 49 percent of the vote.
Glen H. Sturtevant plans to continue serving on the Richmond School Board until he’s sworn in as a state senator in early January, at which point the board will have 45 days to appoint his successor.
Gun control advocacy did not sink Democrats’ chances of taking the Virginia state Senate this week, pollsters for both the state party and a gun control advocacy group argue.
Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, put more than $2 million into two races Democrats needed to win to take control of the upper chamber of the state legislature. They won one but lost the other, a seeming rebuke of a campaign focused on tighter restrictions on gun purchases.
Powhatan County delivered the crowning blow in Republican Glen H. Sturtevant’s victory in the 10th Senate District, but the battle was won in Chesterfield County, home of his principal opponent, Democrat Daniel A. Gecker.
Sturtevant carried Chesterfield by 3,500 votes and won not only the Midlothian District that Gecker represented for eight years on the Board of Supervisors as an independent, but also his home precinct in Crestwood.
Republican Glen H. Sturtevant defeated Democrat Daniel A. Gecker on Tuesday in a critical 10th District state Senate contest by rolling up big margins in Powhatan and Chesterfield counties, but Gecker refused to concede the race without further examination of the results.
With less than 48 hours before the polls open in one of Virginia’s most expensive and tightly contested Senate races ever, Democrat Daniel A. Gecker joined hands with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner at a rally in Chesterfield County, while Republican Glen H. Sturtevant knocked on doors in Richmond’s Museum District.
McAuliffe capped a barnstorming tour of the state on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates Sunday in a joint appearance with Warner to boost voter turnout for Gecker.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg's gun control advocacy group is pouring $2.2 million into TV ads backing two Virginia candidates for state Senate, in a bid to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans.
A victory on Tuesday by one of the Democrats backed by Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety would switch control of the 40-seat Senate in the state, home of the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.