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Legislators talk initiatives for 2020 session at UVa

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Three Central Virginia legislators met with constituents on Thursday to outline some of the initiatives they plan to tackle in the upcoming General Assembly session. Del.-elect Sally Hudson, D-Charlottesville, and Sens. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, and Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, spoke at a legislative session at the University of Virginia.

VaNews December 20, 2019


Incumbent senators returned to office in Central Virginia

By BRYAN MCKENZIE, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Voters in all nine Central Virginia localities returned their incumbent state senators to office in Tuesday’s balloting. The closest race was in the 17th district, which includes portions of Albemarle County, where incumbent Republican Bryce E. Reeves, defeated former Charlottesville City School Board member and Democratic challenger Amy J. Laufer.

VaNews November 6, 2019


Reeves, Laufer target voters on TV in 3 media markets

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Their race has gotten little statewide attention, but two candidates for Virginia Senate are advertising on TV in three different markets before the Nov. 5 election. Senate District 17, held by Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, is the only Senate district with candidates on TV in that many different TV markets. Democrat Amy Laufer, who was already on the air in the Richmond and Charlottesville markets, is now on broadcast TV in the expensive Washington, D.C. market.

VaNews November 1, 2019


'Polar opposites' Reeves, Laufer vie for 17th District Senate seat

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

One thing the candidates for the 17th District state Senate race can agree on is the differences between them. The incumbent, Bryce Reeves, is a Republican touting a small-government agenda with a focus on the military and business. He also has a history of being pro-gun rights and anti-abortion. ...Laufer, 47, has said she is running against an opponent who holds beliefs that are completely contrary to hers, characterizing Reeves as a climate change denier who stands against equal rights, including a woman’s right to choose when it comes to abortion.

VaNews October 21, 2019


Va. senator calls out gay colleague's sexual orientation in closed NRA town hall

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

State Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, called out a gay colleague over his sexual orientation during an NRA town hall meeting in Fredericksburg. Speaking to a crowd of NRA members about the November elections, Reeves rattled off negatives about Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, in a monologue about why voters shouldn’t give control of the legislature to Democrats.

VaNews July 4, 2019


Reeves cruises to Republican nomination for 17th District Senate seat, will face Laufer

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The primary races for the 17th District Senate seat turned out to be runaways. Two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves romped over his challenger, Rich Breeden, to win the GOP nomination. In the race for the Democratic nod, Amy Laufer of Albemarle County cruised past Ben Hixon of Culpeper.

VaNews June 12, 2019


Candidates for 57th House and 17th Senate districts report campaign funds

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin outraised her opponent in the final reporting period before the Democratic primary for House of Delegates. Sally Hudson, however, maintains a significant lead in the monetary race for the 57th District seat, according to recently released campaign finance reports. Meanwhile, in the 17th Senate District, incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, is vastly outraising his primary opponent, Rich Breeden

VaNews June 10, 2019


17th District Democrat candidates offer stark contrast to incumbent

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A pair of Democrats will face off in the June 11 primary to determine who gets to run for the 17th District Senate seat. ... Ben Hixon, a Culpeper County resident and computer programmer, and Albemarle County resident Amy Laufer, a former teacher and School Board member, both said incumbent Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves does not represent what they want in an elected leader.

VaNews June 5, 2019


Incumbent Reeves faces challenge from Breeden for GOP nomination in 17th District Senate race

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In his first bid for re-election after an upset win in 2011, 17th District Republican Sen. Bryce Reeves faced little challenge. Reeves had no opponent in the 2015 GOP primary and rolled to an easy win over his Democratic challenger that year. This year is different, as Reeves faces a Republican primary challenger in Rich Breeden. And there are two candidates running in the Democratic primary.

VaNews June 4, 2019


Candidates vie for party nod for area Senate seats

By KATHERINE KNOTT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Three candidates are seeking to unseat incumbent Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, who has represented the 17th Senate District since 2012. ... In the 24th Senate District, incumbent Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has represented the area since 1996. Standing in his way to a seventh term are primary challenger Tina Freitas and Democrat Annette Hyde

VaNews May 27, 2019