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SEMONIAN REELECTED CLERK

By DERRICK PERKINS, Alexandria Times

Flanked by fellow Democrats, Ed Semonian thanked supporters for reelecting him as Alexandria Circuit Court Clerk, one of several party-held seats up for grabs Tuesday, earlier this evening. Semonian, 77, had faced down the first Republican challenge for a position he won in a 1979 special election. Though the clerk’s office is nonpartisan – it is a largely administrative job – the race certainly took on partisan overtones in the weeks since rival Chris Marston was announced as the GOP’s candidate for the citywide post.

VaNews November 9, 2011



ELECTION DAY BLUES

By DERRICK PERKINS, Alexandria Times

Don’t expect to see droves stampeding toward local precincts to cast ballots for state and local seats when the polls open Tuesday. It’s an off-year election in which the most hotly contested race is for the nonpartisan clerk of Alexandria’s circuit court.

VaNews November 4, 2011



AN EMINENT DEBATE

By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Connection Newspapers

Should business owners be able to recover lost profits when government takes land through eminent domain? That’s a hotly contested topic that will be considered in the upcoming session of the Virginia General Assembly, and the candidates on the ballot this November in Arlington have starkly different viewpoints. At issue is a proposed amendment to Virginia’s Constitution that supporters say would strengthen the rights of property owners when government takes their property for public use, compensating businesses for lost profits if a government reduced public access to their locations. Republicans tend to support the amendment, and Democrats are divided.

VaNews October 19, 2011



THE MOST EXPENSIVE PRIMARY CONTESTS

The Virginia Public Access Project

The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled the top five most expensive nomination contests in the House and Senate. One surprise: The most expensive Senate primary was one of the least competitive.

VaNews September 19, 2011



EBBIN BEATS OUT KRUPICKA, GARVEY IN DISTRICT 30 PRIMARY

By DERRICK PERKINS, Alexandria Times

After months of campaigning and debating, Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49) will now face off against Republican Tim McGhee for former state Sen. Patsy Ticer's District 30 seat in November. Ebbin, locked in what seemed a tight race with rivals Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey, garnered 4,562 votes with 53 of 54 precincts reporting by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, enough to win the party's primary election. The three had long admitted there were few differences between them politically. Instead, they focused on differing priorities and leadership styles throughout the campaign, which began in earnest after Ticer announced her retirement in the spring.

VaNews August 24, 2011



GOP HOPING PRIMARIES HELP SIGNAL SUCCESS IN NOVEMBER

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Voters in Northern Virginia will go to the polls Tuesday to elect party nominees in nine legislative districts — six for state Senate and three for the House of Delegates — that might help determine whether Republicans will make significant gains in the fall elections. The Senate races include a pair of Democratic-leaning districts that are open because of the retirements of longtime legislators, Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington) and Sen. Patricia S. Ticer (D-Alexandria), three GOP challenges to Democratic incumbents and one newly created district. The House races are in two new districts centered in the growing counties of Loudoun and Prince William. A third House race, in one of the most solidly Democratic districts in the state, might be decided Tuesday unless a Republican or third-party candidate jumps in at the last minute.

VaNews August 23, 2011



SENATE DISTRICT 30: MEET THE CANDIDATES

By DAVID SACHS, Alexandria Times

One of three progressive Democrats will win the right to challenge Republican Tim McGhee and represent Alexandria and the region in Virginia’s Senate after Tuesday’s primary. For most of the campaign season, Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49), Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey and Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka have had trouble differentiating themselves for 30th District voters, but as the race has progressed, so have the candidates’ individual identities.

VaNews August 18, 2011



VIRGINIA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES RAISE $12 MILLION-PLUS

By ANITA KUMAR, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Candidates running for election to the Virginia General Assembly this year have amassed more than $12 million for their races, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics. In Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority, Democrats and Republican candidates each have about $3.5 million cash on hand. In the House, where Republicans hold a commanding 61-seat majority, GOP candidates have $3.9 million while Democratic candidates have about $1.8 million. Republicans, looking to win back the Senate and pick up seats in the House, have far more candidates running than the Democrats.

VaNews August 17, 2011



GOP HAS EDGE IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY FUNDRAISING

By ANDREW CAIN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

State Senate candidates in each party collectively have about $3.5 million in cash ahead of the pitched battle for control of the chamber. But Republicans still have a $4 million ace in the hole. As of Aug. 10, Republican state Senate candidates had a total of $3.52 million in cash on hand to Democratic candidates' $3.47 million, according to figures released by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in Virginia politics.

VaNews August 17, 2011



CAMPAIGN FOR CASH IN SENATE DISTRICT 30

By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Connection Newspapers

With the race to replace retiring state Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-30) headed into the final few weeks before the August Democratic primary, second-quarter campaign finance documents show the three candidates have posted strong numbers. That’s an indication that the race is tightening up as the crucial primary approaches. Political analysts say the stakes are especially high with the primary because the winner is likely to prevail over the Republican candidate in a district that leans heavily Democratic. "This is a district that the Democrat can easily win, so the real action in this race is with the primary," said Kyle Kondik, political analyst with the University of Virgina’s Center for Politics. "And it’s clear from the fundraising totals that this race is drawing a lot of action." Arlington School Board Chairwoman Libby Garvey posted the strongest showing for the second quarter, raising $114,000. City Councilman Rob Krupicka raised $110,000, and Del. Adam Ebbin (D-49) raised $103,000. Garvey’s campaign team was quick to declare victory, issuing a press release Saturday afternoon announcing that the Arlington School Board chairwoman had out-raised her competitors.

VaNews July 22, 2011