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Gun-Control Supporters Claim Success in Elections

By NATALIE ANDREWS, Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Chris Hurst, the boyfriend of a television reporter who was shot dead on live television in 2015, beat a three-term incumbent Virginia delegate backed by the National Rifle Association in a rural area. First-time candidate Elizabeth Guzman defeated Scott Lingamfelter, an eight-term Virginia delegate and chairman of the state assembly committee that shapes gun policy.

VaNews November 9, 2017

Democrats ushering out strong GOP incumbents across Prince William

Sun Gazette

In a surprising show of the strength of Democratic voters in the Prince William region and strong opposition to GOP leadership, incumbents in the House of Delegates were falling across the region in elections on Tuesday. While there are still votes to count: Danica Roem is expected to replace longtime incumbent Bob Marshall in the 13th District. Elizabeth Guzman is expected to replace Del. Scott Lingamfelter in the 31st District. Lee Carter is expected to replace Del. Jackson Miller in the 50th District. Hala Ayala was leading against Del. Richard Anderson in the 51st District.

VaNews November 8, 2017

Unofficial results: Guzman beats incumbent Scott Lingamfelter in 31st District

Fauquier Times

Challenger Elizabeth Guzman appears to have bested incumbent Del. Scott Lingamfelter in the 31st District, according to unofficial election results, making her the first Latina elected to the Virginia General Assembly. The Democrat took 55.26 percent of the vote to Lingamfelter’s 42.97 percent.

VaNews November 8, 2017

With election stakes high, even local Virginia contests draw national volunteers and attention

By CATHLEEN DECKER, Los Angeles Times

The test of whether the nation’s Democrats can turn enthusiasm into tangible victories rested on a pingpong table in the basement of a home in Leesburg, Va., where breakfast sweets vied for space with scores of election packets that dozens of volunteers gathered to deliver to homes of potential voters.

VaNews November 6, 2017

Down-ballot drama: 2017 guide to Virginia House of Delegate races


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.

VaNews November 4, 2017

53 women running for 100 seats in House

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press

On Election Day last year, Julie Copeland, who leads a training program for Democratic women who want to run for office in Virginia, began to worry she might soon be out of a job. “I was so thrilled to find out I was completely wrong,” Copeland said

VaNews October 31, 2017

House candidates differ on crime reform, school funding in Prince William forum

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Six candidates for Prince William-area seats in the House of Delegates clashed over a whole host of issues in a Dale City forum on Oct. 6, but they could all agree on one point: Lawmakers in Richmond need to get to work on reforming the state’s criminal justice system.

VaNews October 10, 2017

10 Virginia House races to watch as Democrats make their Nov. 7 push

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

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.

VaNews October 5, 2017

Lingamfelter and Guzman race draws big bucks

Fauquier Now

Candidates for the 31st District Virginia House of Delegates seat, which represents five Fauquier precincts, raised almost $159,000 for their campaigns in July and August. Eight-term incumbent Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge) reported $83,181 in cash contributions during the two months. Challenger Elizabeth Guzman (D-Woodbridge) received $75,756.

VaNews September 20, 2017

Democratic candidates pull in campaign funds; still short of GOP totals


All but one of the six Democrats running in contested House of Delegates races in Prince William County managed to out-raise their Republican opponents over the last two months, as local Democrats continue to record massive fundraising hauls ahead of the November elections. From July 1 to Aug. 31, county Democrats in Districts 2, 13, 31, 40, 50 and 51 combined to raise nearly $772,000, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Their GOP opponents, including five incumbent delegates, managed about $407,000 over the same time period.

VaNews September 19, 2017