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J. Brian's Tap Room co-owner withdraws from Democratic primary

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A political newcomer from Fredericksburg has withdrawn from the Democratic primary for the 28th District House of Delegates seat. Karen Hyland, who announced her candidacy just last month, wrote in a Facebook post this week that she did not have enough time to properly campaign because of work and family commitments. She is a public affairs officer with the Navy Reserve, senior director of political and civic programs for BP and co-owner of J. Brian’s Tap Room in downtown Fredericksburg.

VaNews April 17, 2017


Eight House of Delegates Members Won't Seek Re-Election; Seven Republicans and One Democrat

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF-FM

Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says those four open Republican seats are part of a larger set of races Democrats are intensely focused on.

VaNews April 7, 2017


Susan Stimpson will again seek GOP nomination for House of Delegates seat

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson confirmed Thursday she will again seek the Republican nomination for the 28th District House of Delegates seat. Stimpson, 46, said she was overwhelmed by the positive response to a recent Free Lance–Star article in which she blamed her erratic behavior last year on side effects of phentermine, a prescription appetite suppressant. She was arrested last year for trespassing at the Fredericksburg Wegmans and an airport, though she said both charges were dropped.

VaNews March 31, 2017


Supervisor's Thomas running for 28th District seat

By TRACY BELL, Sun Gazette

Stafford County Supervisor Robert Thomas is joining the dash to be picked to represent the 28th District in the House of Delegates after the retirement of House Speaker Bill Howell. A Republican primary will be held June 13, with supervisors’ Chairman Paul Milde, R-Aquia, also in the race, and former Supervisor Susan Stimpson considering a run.

VaNews March 20, 2017


Ex-Howell foe says diet drug led to bizarre behavior, is considering another run for office

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson said Monday she is seriously considering another bid for a state House of Delegates seat, nearly a year after her bizarre trespassing arrest at the Fredericksburg Wegmans. During her first sit-down interview with The Free Lance–Star since the April 5 arrest, Stimpson blamed her erratic behavior on side effects of Phentermine, a prescription appetite suppressant. She said she failed to take the side effects seriously, and the medication “caused me to not think clearly.”

VaNews March 14, 2017


Pastor seeks Democratic nomination for 28th District House of Delegates seat

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

An associate pastor at Union Bell Baptist Church in southern Stafford County is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 28th District House of Delegates seat. The Rev. Joshua Cole, 26, said in a press release Friday that, if elected, he will focus on major issues such as education, transportation, and health care. He’s no stranger to the General Assembly, having served as a House page and a staff assistant for the Senate.

VaNews February 25, 2017