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


Candidates answer questions at Chamber forum

By HILARY HOLLADAY, Orange County Review

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) will be a write-in candidate on the November ballot because he neglected to file his candidacy paperwork on time, but neither he nor his opponent, Democrat Ann Ridgeway of Madison County, mentioned his summertime saga involving the State Board of Elections during the candidates’ forum sponsored by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Monday night.

VaNews September 26, 2019


Freitas, Ridgeway talk gun control at forum

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Amid an unusual election, Democrat Ann Ridgeway and write-in incumbent Republican Del. Nick Freitas stuck to their party lines at a candidate forum in Orange County on Monday.

VaNews September 24, 2019


Illinois billionaire donates $500K to Freitas campaign

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Chicago area Republican mega-donor has donated $500,000 to the write-in reelection campaign of Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper. Billionaire businessman Richard Uihlein made the contribution on July 12, according to recently released campaign finance reports for July and August. Democratic nominee for the 30th District House of Delegates seat, Anne Ridgeway, of Madison, reported $18,444 in cash donations

VaNews September 19, 2019


What happens if voters spell Del. Nick Freitas’ name wrong?

By MECHELLE HANKERSON, Virginia Mercury

The spelling rhyme goes something like: I before E except after C — and R if your name is Nick Freitas. Freitas, R-Culpeper, is running a write-in campaign to win re-election to the House of the Delegates. The conservative up-and-comer failed to make it on the ballot as the Republican nominee because his candidate qualification form was filed too late.

VaNews August 28, 2019


Ridgeway wants to improve quality of life for 30th District residents

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

The Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates’ 30th District hopes that her message will break through the drama surrounding the reelection campaign of Republican Del. Nick Freitas. “The theme of my campaign is ‘We the people,’” said Ann Ridgeway. “I need the people of this district to understand who I am, what I stand for

VaNews August 26, 2019


Democrat Ann Ridgeway felt a "call" to run for delegate in 30th District

By HILARY HOLLADAY, Orange County Review

Ann F. Ridgeway has the open, trusting face of someone used to finding the good in people. She is not a career politician and doesn’t act like one. When news broke that her opponent for state delegate, Republican incumbent Nick Freitas, had failed to file his candidacy paperwork on time and wasn’t scheduled to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, she didn’t gloat.

VaNews August 16, 2019


Freitas says he will mount write-in campaign

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Del. Nicholas J. Freitas (R-Culpeper) said Friday that he will mount a write-in campaign for reelection this fall after a paperwork mix-up prevented him from qualifying for the ballot.

VaNews August 12, 2019


Mostly self-inflicted, Freitas’ woes worsen

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Two area legislators are facing two unusual controversies. The potential political impact of the two incidents — one involving Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, and the other, Rep. Denver Riggleman — varies greatly. The problem facing Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, is of a serious nature. It will keep Mr. Freitas off the ballot for the 30th House District this fall.

VaNews August 9, 2019


Va. elections board rejects GOP request for do-over in House district where Freitas filed late

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Virginia’s State Board of Elections on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ attempt to get a candidate on the ballot in a legislative district where GOP officials failed to file paperwork by state-imposed deadlines. The decision leaves Republicans without a nominee in the district currently represented by Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper.

VaNews August 7, 2019


Shy of going to court, Republican Del. Nick Freitas is nearly out of options for getting on the state House ballot

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

Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, may have lost his last chance to get on the ballot for re-election. But he said Thursday that he’s prepared to run a write-in campaign for the Virginia House District 30 seat if the State Board of Elections won’t forgive tardy paperwork filings, one by himself and one by a local Republican official — unforced errors that could hand a Republican seat to the Democrats.

VaNews August 2, 2019