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Watkins named to state retirement panel - to his surprise

By MICHAEL MARTZ , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews August 2, 2016


GOP senators delay votes on fellow Republican Glen Sturtevant's bills

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

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.

VaNews February 6, 2016


Sturtevant backs keeping Roush on Supreme Court

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews January 18, 2016


GOP candidates win key races, but real work is just beginning

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

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.

VaNews November 12, 2015


Sturtevant to remain on city School Board until early January

By GRAHAM MOOMAW AND NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 9, 2015


Democratic pollsters: Don’t blame gun control for Virginia loss

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 9, 2015


Chesterfield pivotal in Sturtevant's win

By MICHAEL MARTZ AND GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 5, 2015


Sturtevant defeats Gecker in critical 10th District Senate race

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 4, 2015


10th District race caps day of fast-paced campaigning in Va.

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews November 2, 2015


Bloomberg's gun control group targets Virginia state races

By IAN SIMPSON AND GARY ROBERTSON, Reuters

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.

VaNews November 3, 2015