In addition to the high-profile race for governor and other statewide races, Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in on a flurry of competitive races farther down the ballot: House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs Tuesday.
This election features more competitive House races than at any time in the past two decades, and analysts say the usually local, low-key races are shaping up to be an early barometer of the national political climate nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.
On paper, the 67th House District seems like solidly blue territory. Democrat Hillary Clinton won it with almost 60 percent of the vote. But Republican Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67) has been in office for four terms, a time that has seen this slice of Northern Virginia trending increasingly toward the Democratic Party. That puts this district in the spotlight as one of the most competitive House of Delegates races in Virginia, and it’s one reason supporters of Democrat Karrie Delaney say she's got a shot at ousting LeMunyon.
Republicans and Democrats are both targeting certain races for the House of Delegates this year, hoping to invest in retaining seats or in some cases flipping them to the other side.
In less than a month, Virginia voters will pick 100 people to represent them in the House of Delegates, races that will be closely watched as an early referendum on President Donald Trump's first year in office.
The elections also will be a test of whether Republicans can hang on in increasingly diverse, populous and liberal-leaning northern Virginia.
Karrie Delaney is not all that new to the political arena.
The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) board of trustees chair was appointed to the city council for West Melbourne, Fla., in 2004, but she lost the scheduled election later that year after voting in support of raising taxes, according to a profile of the Virginia House of Delegates candidate in The Connection.
Donald Trump's surprise election to the presidency generated the Women's March protest nationally and a wave of first-time Democratic candidates for office in Virginia.
Democrats hope that translates into making gains against the 66-34 Republican majority in the state House of Delegates on Nov. 7, when all 100 seats are up for election.
Karrie Delaney knows a thing or two about Republican politics. Back in 2004, she was appointed to the West Melbourne City Council in Florida. The following year, according to public records in the Sunshine State, she registered as a Republican. But she lost the election that year after she voted higher taxes. Now she’s running as a Democrat against four-term incumbent Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67),
Virginia state Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67th) sent and quickly deleted a tweet mocking millennials and anti-Donald Trump protesters Thursday night.
LeMunyon, a four-term GOP lawmaker representing portions of Fairfax and Loudoun counties, tweeted an article from BabylonBee.com with the headline "Police calm millennial protesters by handing out participation trophies." BabylonBee.com is a "Christian news satire" site.
Legislation that will limit Loudoun County's ability to raise money for certain government and infrastructure projects has passed both chambers of the General Assembly.
The Virginia House approved Senate Bill 549 by a 72-26-2 vote Tuesday. The measure, which has already been approved by the Senate, forbids a locality from placing “unreasonable” proffers on new developments and restricts what's known as conditional zoning.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) says he and General Assembly Republicans have struck a deal that will speed up the widening of I-66 inside the Beltway.
As part of the compromise, announced Wednesday morning, Republicans are expected to kill legislation from local state Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67th) that would block tolling along the same stretch of I-66.