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VaNews for 2019 House of Delegates - District 30 - Regular General


Freitas reintroduces ‘Tebow’ bill to allow homeschoolers to play public school sports

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

In a session dominated by debate over guns, Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is again going to bat for home-schooled students. For the second year in a row, the local delegate is chief patron of a measure that would allow children taught at home to participate in public school sports. Also known as the Tebow bill, House Bill 226 was referred Wednesday to a Virginia House of Delegates education subcommittee.

VaNews January 24, 2020


Cruz endorses Freitas to face Spanberger in 7th

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has endorsed Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for Congress next year in the 7th District. Freitas is one of seven Republicans seeking the chance to run against Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th.

VaNews December 20, 2019


Va. Del. Nicholas J. Freitas joins Republican race to challenge U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Republican Del. Nicholas J. Freitas (Culpeper) said Monday that he is running for Congress to unseat Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and that he would try to protect the nation from what he called encroaching socialism.

VaNews December 3, 2019


Abundant spelling variations as Culpeper certifies 5,205 write-in votes for Nick Freitas

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The three-member Culpeper County Electoral Board on Friday certified results in the 30th District House of Delegates election that amassed a historically significant number of handwritten votes for incumbent Del. Nick Freitas. The Culpeper Republican, presumed winner, declared victory Tuesday night over Madison Democrat Ann Ridgeway even as the vote counting prepared to launch. The effort that got him reelected was certainly substantial.

VaNews November 12, 2019


Counting continues in 30th District House of Delegate election

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Campaign representatives, the electoral board, election officers and voter registrar’s staff gathered Wednesday morning in the voting office on Main Street in Culpeper to certify the vote as part of the electoral board’s regular canvassing operation. This year, the operation includes the reading and recording into a computer network of 5,330 write-in votes cast in the District 30 House of Delegates election. Two-term incumbent Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, Tuesday night declared himself the winner

VaNews November 7, 2019


‘It’s a free pen’: In Culpeper, delegate’s write-in effort gets literal

By SARAH VOGELSONG, Virginia Mercury

Not everyone in Virginia’s 30th House District was voting for Nick Freitas, but everyone wanted a pen with his name on it. “It’s a free pen,” said Culpeper resident Stan Morford with a shrug as he and his wife went to cast a vote for “any Democrat” — which Freitas is not — at the county’s Pearl Sample precinct early Tuesday afternoon.

VaNews November 6, 2019


Write-in efforts will complicate election night in Freitas’ and Peace’s districts

By MEL LEONOR, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Hundreds of red and white pens emblazoned with the name Nick Freitas are part of an expensive and laborious campaign encouraging voters to fill in a bubble, and accurately and legibly spell out his name. The race in the 30th House District is one of at least two General Assembly contests that will feature a write-in effort, and whose results will remain murky on election night.

VaNews November 2, 2019


From shoo-in to write-in: Paperwork stumble forces a Va. Republican to run the hard way

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Republican Del. Nicholas J. Freitas, a charismatic former Green Beret with a libertarian streak, should have been a shoo-in for reelection in a rural Virginia district east of Shenandoah National Park that heavily favored President Trump. But as he seeks a third term on Nov. 5, his name will not be on the ballot. Only one candidate will be listed for Virginia’s 30th House district — Ann Ridgeway, the Democrat trying to unseat him.

VaNews October 24, 2019


Balance of Power in Virginia May Rest on Write-In Campaign

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Two years ago, partisan control of the Virginia General Assembly came down to a random drawing of names out of a ceramic bowl. This year it could come down to whether a Republican incumbent with a tricky-to-spell last name can win as a write-in candidate. "I hope you all enjoy the most elaborate spelling bee in Virginia," Del. Nick Freitas told a group of constituents at a town hall recently. Freitas, a conservative who often espouses personal responsibility, failed to turn in his paperwork on time, a mistake that left him off the ballot.

VaNews October 21, 2019


Freitas, Ramirez join pro-Trump protest outside Rep. Spanberger's office

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

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, and Tina Ramirez, a candidate for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, joined more than 50 people Friday for a pro-Trump protest and news conference outside the Glen Allen office of Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th.

VaNews October 7, 2019