Marsden candidacy now official
Democratic Del. David Marsden has formally announced he will seek the senate seat soon-to-be vacated by the Ken Cuccinelli, who was elected attorney general Nov. 3. Democrats had made clear that they would to avoid any kind of contested nomination process.
Marsden had said the party was funding a poll of several likely candidates and each contender had agreed to back the candidate that the poll indicated was most likely to be successful. He said at the time that he fully expected to be come out on top in the process, and it looks like he has done so.
""Let's face it: government is not working like it should for regular people and our small businesses. We are in the midst of a serious economic downturn and we need to focus on creating jobs, helping regular people and small businesses, and growing our economy," Marsden said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
Marsden currently lives in an adjoining senate district and will have to move into Cuccinelli's 37th district to run for the office. He said recently that, as a Fairfax county resident for more than 50 years, he felt confident that he understood the needs of residents in both senate districts.
Marsden's selection will not be uniformly popular. A former Republican who was a longtime aide to Republican Del. Jim Dillard, Marsden was appointed to top positions in the state Department of Juvenile Justice under Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore (he remained on under Democratic Gov. Mark Warner.) His selection has already been angrily denounced by activist Ben Tribbett, who has a long personal history with Marsden that includes a brief time spent as a rival for the Democratic nomination for Marsden's House of Delegate's seat.
The Republicans meanwhile have yet to announce what process they will use to choose between their three confirmed candidates for the seat, Marianne Horinko, Steve Hunt and Will Nance.
Gov. Tim Kaine will set the date for the special election, but he can only do so after Cuccinelli formally submits a letter indicating the date of his resignation from the senate. No word yet on when Cuccinelli might do so.
November 19, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
Categories: Election 2009 , General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate
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