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VaNews for 2011 State Senate - District 16 - Regular General



RICHMOND-AREA ASSEMBLY INCUMBENTS RE-ELECTED

By OLYMPIA MEOLA , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Richmond area's political makeup in the statehouse appeared largely unchanged Tuesday evening as incumbents in the House and the Senate were leading challengers, including Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, who had his first Democratic opponent in more than a decade. Nearly 20-year state Senate veteran Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, will return to the Capitol having bested his opponent, Richmond businessman Preston T. Brown, who ran as an independent.

VaNews November 9, 2011



DEMOCRATIC DYSFUNCTION

By MELISSA SCOTT SINCLAIR, Style Weekly

If a candidate campaigns, but no one knows it’s an election year, does he make a sound? Senate candidate Preston “P.T.” Brown has been pounding the pavement for months: knocking on doors, visiting churches every Sunday and hitting up voters at high school football games. Trouble is, a lot of people still don’t know anything’s happening on Nov. 8. “When you say election, they say, ‘Oh, is it time to vote for Obama again?’” Brown says.

VaNews November 3, 2011



INDEPENDENT BROWN TAKES ON SENATE VETERAN MARSH

By JIM NOLAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Democratic incumbent is a 77-year-old civil-rights lawyer and former Richmond mayor who has spent 46 years in local and state politics, the past 20 as a member of the state Senate. The challenger is a 57-year-old high school-educated businessman from South Richmond who owns a small newspaper, a radio station and a used-car lot and moonlights as a soul singer in the style of James Brown. Preston "P.T." Brown, a lifelong Democrat who is running as an independent, knows he is an underdog in the race for the 16th District state Senate seat against five-term political goliath Henry L. Marsh III.

VaNews October 10, 2011



FIVE RICHMOND-AREA INCUMBENTS FACE CHALLENGERS

By OLYMPIA MEOLA , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The state Senate's new 22nd district is the marquee race for the Richmond region, but several incumbents in the area could face a challenge this fall. Five people who have filed to seek House of Delegates and state Senate seats in the area are waiting to find out if they qualify for the ballot. The Virginia State Board of Elections will certify the primary results on Tuesday, and the staff hopes to certify additional candidates by Wednesday.

VaNews September 6, 2011



MR. BROWN'S HUSTLE: TAKING ON SEN. MARSH

By VERNAL COLEMAN, Style Weekly

From behind the wheel of a powder-blue luxury sedan, cruising past storefront churches and shotgun houses, Preston T. Brown reveals secrets of south Richmond. "That right there is a gambling house," he says, smiling while pointing toward a small house just a few mailboxes down from a local bible ministry. "They have craps, poker, whatever you want." Brown has worked in this neighborhood for decades. A serial entrepreneur — a car dealership, a soul food cafe, and an AM radio station. A lifelong Democrat, Brown is challenging that party's longtime state senator, Henry Marsh, for the right to represent the 16th District, which includes portions of Church Hill and south Richmond.

VaNews August 25, 2011



DESPITE FLYER, KAINE BACKS MARSH FOR SENATE

By WESLEY P. HESTER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

A friendly photo does not an endorsement make. Preston T. Brown, a south Richmond businessman challenging 20-year state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, for the 16th district seat, has been circulating a flyer with a photo of himself and U.S. Senate candidate Timothy M. Kaine. Under the photo of a Bown and a smiling Kaine, the state’s former Democratic governor, and a list of political positions, the flyer reads: “Of the announced candidates, these qualities are seen in the U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine and Virginia Senate candidate Preston T. Brown; therefore, we encourage the community to join us in supporting and working to elect them on November 8, 2011.” There’s only one problem: Kaine supports Marsh.

VaNews July 26, 2011