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Marsden plans to buy a house in his Senate district

Anita Kumar

Dave Marsden rented the lower level of a house for $600 a month from longtime state Democratic donors in Burke to run for state Senate.

Now that he's won -- and in stunning fashion -- will Marsden actually move into the 37th District?

Marsden says yes, eventually.

"That's certainly the plan,'' he said.

After the busy 60-day session in Richmond, Marsden said he will spend time fixing up his family's house just three miles down the road from the rental house and put it on the market.

Until then, Marsden will continue to sleep in the rental house and go back to his Jackson Street home during the day, which is officially designated as his legislative office, to check mail and see his family. While in Richmond, he stays with House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry).

Some colleagues have suggested that he not move and just wait until lawmakers could redistrict his family's house into the district, but Marsden said he could not count on that. "You don't know how that's going to go,'' he said.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2010 , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate  
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More evidence that Marsden never intended his rented room to be his primary domicile as required under VA law and outlined in the WashPo article. All it takes is 3 voters in the district to file a complaint with the county registrar to force a hearing on the issue under VA law. Marsden could face a felony prosecution for voter fraud for voting in a district he was not entitled to vote. That carries a hefty fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Posted by: JTR555 | January 25, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Ward Armstong the House minority leader, not the majority leader? Last time I checked, I think the R's still controlled the VA House of Delegates.

Posted by: novavoter1 | January 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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