Republican Dave Brat defeated Democrat Jack Trammell on Tuesday to win Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat in a match of two Randolph-Macon College professors that neither could have predicted when they first decided to seek office.
Brat, who shocked the political establishment in June by scoring a historic upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary, had a relatively easy time topping Trammell in a central Virginia district that has been drawn to heavily favor the GOP, which has held the seat since 1971. The district stretches from the Richmond suburbs to Spotsylvania and Culpeper counties.
Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell made a flurry of local stops Monday in the homestretch of their campaign to succeed former House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in the 7th District.
Brat popped in and shook hands with the dozen or so supporters gathered in a Sweet Frog yogurt store in Chesterfield County around noon, while Trammell joined ranks with Sen. Mark R. Warner and other leading Virginia Democrats at a rally in Richmond.
Voters in the 7th District face an unusual election this Tuesday. They get to cast not just one, but two votes for their candidate to succeed former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Seventh District voters will cast one ballot in a special election for the remainder of Cantor’s term that expires in January. They also will vote in the general election for the term from January 2015 to January 2017.
At a time when improving our economy and creating new jobs are top issues on most Virginians’ minds, the federal government continues to put up roadblocks to an economic turnaround.
As an economist who served the commonwealth under two Virginia governors, I can tell you that excessive taxes and onerous regulations are huge drags on the economy and are exactly the opposite of what we should be doing to create prosperity and get people working again.
Virginia is strong because our people are strong. They define our state—by their hard work, commitment to their families and neighbors and their willingness to sacrifice so that their children can have a chance to forge their own path. I’ve seen these values in every corner of the 7th District.
It’s a rare occurrence when economics and ethics merge to form one man’s path in life. Dave Brat, Republican candidate for the 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has seen his career path place him in the middle of that intersection of seemingly strange bedfellows.
Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday became "the cradle of congressmen," in the words of the school's President Robert R. Lindgren.
A week before the Nov. 4 congressional election, Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell, the school's professorial politicians, cordially aired their differences on health care reform, the federal response to Ebola, immigration, minimum wage and other hot-button issues during a debate on campus in Ashland.
Two candidates in the race for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District faced each other at the last—and in many ways, only—official debate, trading barbs and ideas over the various issues facing the more than 760,000 people ranging from Spotsylvania to New Kent counties.
The debate between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell, who will square off on the general and special election ballots next Tuesday, was hosted by Randolph–Macon College, where both candidates had been teaching prior to their candidacy. R–MC President Bob Lindgren and NBC12 anchor Heather Sullivan moderated the event.
Tiny Randolph–Macon College is set for its star turn Tuesday as it hosts a congressional debate between two faculty members.
Republican Dave Brat, who rode a tea party-backed wave to national prominence by defeating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a summer primary, will debate Tuesday night with Democrat Jack Trammell at the school where they both teach.
Seating for the only candidates debate between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell at Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday evening is full, but voters can watch the event online.