The Hampton and Newport News School Boards each have begun the process of replacing members who won seats to the House of Delegates Tuesday.
In each city, the respective School Boards will select an interim member to serve until the May local elections when voters will pick full-time replacements.
The race to succeed one of the best-loved members of the House of Delegates, retiring Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, pits a long-time member of Hampton’s School Board against a conservative lawyer, concerned about Virginia’s foster care system, who is making her first run for public office.
The Peninsula’s delegation in the General Assembly will include two new faces after Election Day, regardless of voter turnout.
Dels. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, and Brenda Pogge, R-James City, represented the 91st and 96th districts, respectively, before both chose not to seek re-election this November.
Peninsula voters rejected a progressive Democrat and picked a moderate Tuesday as the party’s nominee for a House of Delegates district in Hampton, Poquoson and York County that been a GOP stronghold until a court-ordered redistricting transformed it.
In the Historic Triangle, voters in another primary election picked an anti-tax Republican to face a Democratic doctor eager to push for gun control.
In a sense, the story of the race to be the Democratic candidate for the 91st House District in Hampton and Poquoson is a one of a changing political map and a party’s still-evolving politics.
It pits a long-time stalwart of Hampton Democratic politics, city School Board member Martha Mugler, against a new-style Democrat, Michael Wade, who talks of working-class Virginians and their needs — a turn of phrase not often heard in Virginia in recent decades.