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VaNews for 2019 State Senate - District 28 - Regular General and 2019 State Senate - District 28 - Regular Primary

Qasim Rashid running in 1st Congressional District's Democratic primary

Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Stafford lawyer Qasim Rashid is running for Congress in the 1st District. The Democrat ran in the state Senate 28th District race last November. He lost to incumbent Republican Richard Stuart 57%-42%. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, was first elected in a 2007 special election, and won re-election to a sixth full term in 2018, defeating challenger Vangie Williams 55%-45%.

VaNews January 22, 2020

Sen. Stuart wants to put tuition increases to a vote by students


A proposal from a Republican senator would require student approval before a public college or university approves a tuition raise. Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, wants tuition hikes to go to the students who will have to pay for it before a governing board votes. His legislation, which he introduced last year too and calls “crazy,” calls for two-thirds of a school’s student body to approve the raise before formal adoption.

VaNews December 24, 2019

Rashid hopes to unseat incumbent Stuart in 28th Senate District

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

The race for Virginia’s 28th District Senate seat pits a Republican incumbent who grew up in the district and has spent most of his life there against a Democratic challenger who immigrated to the United States as a child from Pakistan.

VaNews October 18, 2019

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Associated Press

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection with a tweet directed at candidate Qasim Rashid. The tweet included a picture of a lynching and read, “VIEW YOUR DESTINY.”

VaNews September 17, 2019

Stuart, Rashid debate for Senate seat

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

Incumbent Republican State Sen. Richard Stuart met Democratic challenger Qasim Rashid Thursday night during a debate before a packed meeting hall at the University of Mary Washington’s Stafford County campus. Rashid, a Democrat, writer and human rights attorney, squared off with Stuart on a variety of issues including transportation, equal rights, health care, guns, immigration, the minimum wage and student loan debt.

VaNews September 6, 2019

GOP state senator attacks his 'radical' challenger, a Muslim, over 'Islamic terrorism'

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

State Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Stafford, launched Facebook ads this week attacking his Democratic challenger over the issue of "Islamic terrorism." Qasim Rashid, a lawyer challenger Stuart in Senate District 28, said Stuart's allegations were false and an attempt to distract voters from real issues in the campaign, like the need to raise pay for teachers and improve Virginia's infrastructure.

VaNews August 28, 2019

Democratic candidates compete for 28th District Senate seat

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

Two local Democratic candidates for Virginia’s 28th District Senate seat are each promoting ideas they believe will improve life in the commonwealth. Laura Sellers served as a Stafford County supervisor, representing the Garrisonville District, from 2014 to 2018. At the June 11 primary, Sellers will face political newcomer Qasim Rashid, a Stafford County attorney who specializes in human rights law.

VaNews June 7, 2019