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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Va. General Assembly races kick off early

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

It may feel like the 2010 election has only just passed, but already the 2011 election season for the Virginia General Assembly is practically upon us.

Around the state, candidates are now registering campaign committees to challenge incumbents. The flurry of registration activity is particularly interesting since potential candidates won't even know the borders of the districts for which they'll run until after the General Assembly redraws legislative lines in a special session in April.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, at least three candidates have registered campaigns as they prepare to challenge sitting senators. Republican Sen. Tommy Norment (R-James City County) will face a challenge for the GOP nomination from tea party-backed Republican Mark Frechette. (A key campaign question for Frechette: How's his voicemail?)

In Fairfax County, Democratic Sen. Janet Howell will face Republican opposition from technology entrepreneur Caren Merrick. Merrick serves on Gov. Bob McDonnell's Jobs Commission.

In Spotsylvania County, Republican insurance executive and former police officerBryce Reeves has announced plans to challenge Democrat Sen. Edd Houck.

In the House of Delegates, several incumbents also already face challengers. Margaret Bevans Ransone and Lewis Walker are competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Del. Albert Pollard Jr. (D-Lancaster County). Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk) will face a challenge for the Democratic nomination from Rick James of Norfolk.

And in Prince William County, Democrat Michael Kondratick has launched a campaign committee in preparation for challenging Del. Bob Marshall (R).

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 22, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, Tommy Norment's voice mail  
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