For the first time in almost a quarter-century, longtime Republican Del. Bobby Orrock faces a Democrat in the general election for the 54th District seat.
Retired photography teacher Al Durante is hoping to unseat Orrock in the Nov. 7 election for the right to represent most of Spotsylvania County and two precincts in western Caroline County in the House of Delegates.
A month before the election, legislative Republicans have requested an evaluation of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring.
The GOP-controlled Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution Tuesday requesting commission staff members conduct a study of the office. That will include how the office spends proceeds from asset forfeiture, an examination of salary increases, and whether Herring’s office has properly contracted with outside counsel and reviewed state contracts.
Incumbents of both parties in the House of Delegates won handily in primary challenges in the Richmond region.
Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, and Del. Lashresce D. Aird, D-Petersburg, cruised to resounding victories in the 68th and 63rd House Districts, respectively, while Del. Robert D. Orrock, R-Caroline, won easily in the Republican primary in the 54th House District.
Nick Ignacio, who is seeking the Republican nomination for a Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates seat, has appeared in online videos that show him simulating sexual acts and making vulgar remarks.
An anonymously made video that includes some of those YouTube clips has been shared by Facebook users who oppose his candidacy.
Ignacio, a 32-year-old Spotsylvania County resident who describes himself as a “normal God-fearing guy” on his campaign website, criticized The Free Lance–Star for asking him about the videos
Campaign finance reports show the six members of the House of Delegates who are facing a challenge in next week's primary election all have a significant fundraising advantage over their opponents.
An analysis by the nonpartisan Virginia Political Access Project shows Republican Del. Bobby Orrock holds the widest advantage over his opponent.