By MAX SMITH , WTOP
A longtime Northern Virginia Republican lawmaker believes President Donald Trump was the key factor that drove a huge Democratic wave in Tuesday’s election. “No one saw it coming. No one saw it coming,” Del. Dave Albo told WTOP in an interview.
VaNews November 13, 2017
By JACK MOORE, WTOP
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
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
By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
A Democratic candidate for a House of Delegates seat in Fairfax County has sent mailers using the face of her Republican opponent, a Latina, next to two Halloween masks, including a wolf. While Democrat Kathy Tran says the mail piece attacking Lolita Mancheno-Smoak is Halloween-themed, Republicans and one independent observer said it has racial undertones.
VaNews October 25, 2017
By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 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
By MICHAEL POPE , WVTF
A handful of Republican candidates challenging Democratic incumbents in Northern Virginia are taking a surprising stand on closing the gun show loophole, which allows unlicensed gun dealers to sell firearms without a background check. Republican challengers to Alfonso Lopez, Kathleen Murphy and Jennifer Boysko. They all say they would vote in favor of closing the gun show loophole. So would Lolita Mancheno-Smoak, the Republican running to fill the seat vacated by retiring Delegate Dave Albo.
VaNews September 25, 2017
By MICHAEL LEE POPE, Mount Vernon Gazette
One is from Ecuador. The other is from Vietnam. Both are successful professional women hoping to fill the seat vacated by retiring Del. Dave Albo (R-42). But only one will prevail in November, creating one of the fiercest political contests on the ballot in Northern Virginia this year.
VaNews September 26, 2017
By JEANINE MARTIN , Bull Elephant
In a Firehouse primary on Saturday Lolita Mancheno-Smoak won the Republican nomination to run for delegate in the 42nd district. Delegate Dave Albo declined to seek re-election after serving 24 years in the House of Delegates. Mancheno-Smoak won with 45% against two challengers, Steve Adragna and Michael Drobnis.
VaNews June 11, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Until this week, the Virginia House of Delegates district held by Del. David B. Albo for 23 years seemed like a lock in November for Republicans working to hold their solid majority in Richmond amid what Democrats hope will be a voter backlash against President Trump. But Albo (R-Fairfax) surprised his party by announcing Wednesday that he won’t seek a 12th term — a move that has Republicans scrambling for a replacement in a vulnerable Fairfax County district where Democrats are ready to pounce.
VaNews April 10, 2017
By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF
Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says those four open Republican seats are part of a larger set of races Democrats are intensely focused on.
VaNews April 7, 2017