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Last minute Dem to file in 8th district

Rosalind Helderman

Bill Fleming, a engineer technologist who runs his own company, says he plans to file with the state Board of Elections to run as Democrat for the vacant state Senate seat in Virginia Beach.

Fleming's candidacy was endorsed by the city's Democratic committee Wednesday. He said he planned to drop off his paperwork in Richmond around 1 p.m. today, the deadline to file to run. He will challenge Jeff McWaters, nominated by Republicans for the seat in the Jan. 12 special election. Assuming Fleming's paperwork is in order, the two will compete to replace Sen. Ken Stolle, who retired from the Senate because of his election as sheriff of Virginia Beach.

Democrats had said they were not going to challenge McWaters in the conservative district, concentratng all their resources on trying to pick up an open Senate seat in Fairfax, vacated by Sen. Ken Cuccinelli's election as attorney general instead. But Fleming said activists involved with the group Virginia Beach for Change, which organized to support President Obama, wanted a choice in the race. He said he did not expect to receive resources from the state party and would instead rely on local donations, as well as up to $20 to $30,000 of his own money.

"This is last minute on a shoe string, but there are volunteers here who feel there should be choice, he said. "I think I have better positions that represent the interest of Virginia Beach citizens."

McWaters, a retired businessman, defeated city councilwoman Rosemary Wilson in a Republican canvas for his party's nomination.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 11, 2009; 11:23 AM ET
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I'm glad he is running. None of these seats should go unchallenged. Just look at House District 46 last year - conventional wisdom said the democrat would win big, and pulled out a 16-vote squeaker.

Posted by: notjoeabbey | December 13, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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