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Simonds gets names of rejected absentee voters, but not envelopes

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Shelly Simonds, the Democrat who is running behind Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, by 13 votes in the 94th District House of Delegates race, received the names of roughly 25 absentee voters whose ballots were rejected for Tuesday’s election after she asked for an emergency court order for the information. But she and the Democratic Party of Virginia did not get the absentee ballot envelopes, so they plan to be in court Monday morning, said Trent Armitage, the executive director of the House Democratic Caucus.

VaNews November 13, 2017


Control of the House of Delegates may come down to a dozen votes in Newport News

By RYAN MURPHY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

After the Democrats' huge gains in Virginia's legislature on Tuesday, control of the House of Delegates has come down to a Hampton Roads race with a razor-thin margin. Incumbent David Yancey, the moderate Republican who has represented the 94th district in Newport News since 2011, holds a 12-vote lead over his Democratic challenger, Shelly Simonds. That’s a margin of less than 0.05 percent of the votes cast.

VaNews November 9, 2017


It's 12 — no, 13 — for Yancey as vote certification begins

By REEMA AMIN AND DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

It’s just too close to call. Tuesday’s election madness added up to a steady stream of voters across the state and Democrats making major gains — enough to question who gets power in the General Assembly.

VaNews November 9, 2017


Yancey holds 12-vote lead in 94th; Simonds will seek recount

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Control of Virginia's House of Delegates hangs on the 12-vote lead that Del. David Yancey had in the 94th District Tuesday night -- a lead that challenger Shelly Simonds said demands a recount. ... As of late Tuesday night, 16 formerly Republican seats were swinging to Democrats, who needed 17 to gain a majority in the house.

VaNews November 8, 2017


More late, big money in Peninsula House races

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Bad news if you hate political ads on TV and mailers from candidates attacking their opponents: The money just keeps on a-flowing into the campaigns for Peninsula House of Delegates seats.

VaNews November 3, 2017


Big money floods local House races

By REEMA AMIN AND DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

An apparent tightening in two Peninsula House of Delegates races has opened floodgates of money, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the state Department of Elections.

VaNews November 1, 2017


Health care a focal point at 94th District debate

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Health care took a chunk of the focus Monday night between Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, and his opponent for the 94th District race, Shelly Simonds, during a debate just a week out from the election. During the hourlong debate at Christopher Newport University, Simonds targeted Yancey’s voting record on access to health care for low-income families and women.

VaNews October 31, 2017


Familiar faces, plus a third, in 94th House District race

By REEMA AMIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Voters casting ballots in Virginia’s 94th House of Delegates District — one of the state’s most competitive — will find the same Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger they had to choose from in 2015. But this year, a Libertarian engineer has been added to the mix. Here’s a look at the candidates:

VaNews October 23, 2017


In the 94th; working the grass roots and the party

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Post-Labor Day, Shelly Simonds, the Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates’ 94th district — central and northern Newport News — is working the grass roots hard, judging by the large number of small donors kicking into her campaign, despite a late start after the party’s initial nominee dropped out.

VaNews October 18, 2017


How interested are Va. Democrats in the 94th House race?

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Starting late in a race is always tough, so what's in -- and not in -- the newest reports from the race for the 94th House of Delegates district gives a sense of the challenges Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds faces. Simonds stepped into the race just a month ago, after the Democrats' original candidate, Zack Wittkamp, bowed out

VaNews September 20, 2017