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Longtime state Sen. Linda 'Toddy' Puller announces retirement

By JILL PALMERO, Prince William Today

After 23 years in office, state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller has announced she will retire at the end of the year and will not seek re-election in November. Puller, a Democrat, was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and state Senate in 1999 and was a fierce advocate for U.S. veterans. She championed efforts to expand mental health services for vets as well as initiatives to waive property taxes for those who became disabled as a result of their service.

VaNews January 16, 2015

Virginia Democratic Sen. Linda ‘Toddy’ Puller to retire

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, is retiring after 23 years in public office. Serving in the legislature “has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” said Puller in a statement, promising that she will remain a “vigorous advocate” for her legislation in the 2015 session.

VaNews January 15, 2015

Dumfries mayor runs for 36th state Senate district

By DAN ROEM, Fairfax Times

Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman announced his candidacy to seek the 36th state Senate district held by state Sen. Toddy Puller (D) of Fairfax County for the last 15 years. Although he is a self-identified Republican, Foreman did not state in his press release that he planned to seek the party nomination, only that he was a member of the Prince William County Republican Committee and the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee.

VaNews December 30, 2014

Dumfries mayor plans run for state Senate

By DAWNTHEA PRICE, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The mayor of Dumfries will run for the Virginia Senate’s 36th District seat in 2015. Jerry Foreman, who has been mayor of the Prince William County town since 2012 and was re-elected in May, announced his plans to run as a Republican on Monday.

VaNews December 30, 2014

Surovell wins No. 2 Democratic Party post in Virginia House of Delegates

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

Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates have elected a Northern Virginian to the party’s No. 2 position in the chamber. Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) beat Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) in an election held when the caucus met for a one-day special legislative session last week. Surovell succeeds Del. Mark D. Sickles (D-Fairfax), who was first elected to the post in November 2011 and announced in July that he was giving it up.

VaNews September 25, 2014

With budget impasse as backdrop, power struggle brewing among House Democrats

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

potential coup is afoot among Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates, where one Northern Virginia lawmaker who is unhappy with leadership is trying to line up votes to unseat his party’s No. 2 in the chamber. Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) has been asking fellow Democrats if they would support him in a challenge to Del. Mark D. Sickles (D-Fairfax), the Democratic caucus chairman, according to two people familiar with his efforts.

VaNews March 9, 2014

Surovell: Why I hate voting machines

By DEL. SCOTT SUROVELL, published in Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The scrutiny of the vote in the attorney general’s race, especially the discovery of “missing” absentee votes in Fairfax, has given me flashbacks. (Scott Surovell represents the 44th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates.)

Scott Surovell represents the 44th District in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

VaNews November 20, 2013

Three Virginia delegates oppose AccessUVA cuts


Three members of the Virginia House of Delegates, Rob Krupicka, D-Alexandria; Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington; and Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax County, wrote a letter Oct. 9 to Rector George Martin of the University Board of Visitors to object to cuts to AccessUVa. The Board voted in August to end AccessUVa’s all-grant financial aid to students, replacing portions of that financial aid with subsidized loans.

VaNews October 16, 2013

Bill would require FOIA disclosures for SCC

By DEBORAH ELKINS, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, wants to shine more light on the workings of the State Corporation Commission by making the state agency subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Surovell won a measure of success on Sept. 12, when the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council voted to support the delegate’s efforts to work with SCC staff and representatives of regulated industries for a compromise bill.

VaNews September 18, 2013

Del. Surovell says Gov. McDonnell should resign, or be forced out

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

Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) made the strongest call yet for Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s resignation over a gifts scandal, suggesting Sunday that the governor should be forced out if he does not step down by the end of the week. “The legislative branch has a sworn independent responsibility to address corruption and malfeasance when we see them independent of criminal investigations,” Surovell wrote on his blog Saturday. .?.? “If he has not resigned by the end of this week, then other measures should be on the table.”

VaNews July 15, 2013