It was a good night for area Republicans running for the General Assembly in contested races.
Del. Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell, was re-elected to the House of Delegates, after defeating a Democratic challenger. Ingram beat challenger Sheila C. Bynum 60 percent to 40 percent to retain his 62nd District seat.
Del. Riley Ingram, R-Hopewell, will represent the 62nd District for a 13th term.
The Associated Press called the race to represent the district, which includes parts of Chesterfield, Henrico and Prince George counties and the city of Hopewell, about an hour after the close of polls Tuesday.
Chesterfield Democrat Sheila Bynum-Coleman will take on 24-year incumbent Del. Riley E. Ingram, R-Hopewell, on Tuesday in Ingram’s first competitive contest in two decades.
If re-elected, the veteran legislator pledged to continue pursuing job creation for the people of the 62nd District, which includes parts of Chesterfield, Henrico and Prince George counties and the city of Hopewell.
Underfunded but undaunted, Chesterfield Democrat Sheila Bynum-Coleman launched her bid to challenge 12-term incumbent Del. Riley E. Ingram, R-Hopewell, for the 62nd District seat in earnest last January.
The 43-year-old small-business owner and mother of five said she knocked on thousands of doors seeking the opinions of residents whose needs have gone overlooked in the uncompetitive district.