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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: !Elections

Mike Signer to focus on PAC, not Senate run

Former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Mike Signer says he does not plan to run for the state Senate seat that will be vacated with the retirement of Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington). He had previously said he also has no plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Jim Webb (D).The Arlington lawyer and former counsel to then-governor Mark Warner (D) says he plans to instead spend time nurturing the New Dominion Project, a political action committee and Web site he launched two weeks ago."Democratic activists have recently asked me to consider open seats in the Commonwealth," Signer said in a statement. "While these requests have been flattering, recent developments in Richmond have only crystallized for me the need to focus on this crucial work in the coming months."In an interview, Signer describes New Dominion Project as a "combination of journalism and advocacy," whose goal...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | March 3, 2011; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  !Elections  
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Guilty plea in Arlington voter fraud case

William Cockerham pleaded guilty to voter fraud Wednesday in Arlington Circuit court. Cockerham and Cheryl Simmons were indicted in December for voter fraud. Both were hired to collect petition signatures in a failed effort to change Arlington's form of government. Virginia law requires that each signature collected is witnessed by a person who can vote or register to vote. Cockerham signed off on petitions that he did not circulate and is a convicted felon, making him ineligible to vote in Virginia, said Richard E. Trodden, the commonwealth's attorney, in his proffer of evidence. Cockerham was hired by Shawn Wilmoth, president of Signature Masters, who was contracted to train local residents to collect 12,000 signatures. Cockerham agreed to be paid $2 per signature. Cockerham went with Wilmoth to notarize 58 petition pages June 28, Trodden said. "Approximately four of these sheets contained voter signatures that the defendant had obtained himself. Some...

By Christy Goodman  | February 17, 2011; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  !Elections, Arlington County, Christy Goodman  
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Virginia General Assembly sets primary elections for Aug. 23

The Virginia General Assembly has agreed to hold primary elections in legislative races this year on Aug. 23. The legislative action was necessary because the state generally holds primary elections on the second Tuesday in June. But holding primaries this year on June 14 could run up against legislative redistricting, which the General Assembly will attempt at a special session in April. The legislature must redraw its districts every 10 years in response to census results. Because Virginia is covered by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it must also submit its plans to the U.S. Justice Department for approval before voting can begin. The Senate adopted an emergency bill on Friday to set primary elections in August. The bill has already passed the House of Delegates and could now be signed into law by the governor at any time....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 28, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  !Elections, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Bills take aim at voter fraud

Del. Robert H. Brink (D-Arlington) introduced two bills intended to protect voter referendums from fraud.

By Christy Goodman  | January 14, 2011; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  !Elections, Christy Goodman  
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Alexandria council member considers Va. Senate run

Rob Krupicka, an Alexandria City Council member, will run for the Virginia Senate if Sen. Patricia S. Ticer (D-Alexandria) decides to retire. "If Senator Ticer decides to retire, I plan to run for the 30th State Senate District and I'd like to ask for your help and support," Krupicka said in a blog post. He invited folks interested in being on a new "Team Krupicka" to his home later this month for an organizational meeting. "I believe greatly in this community and in the issues and work that Senator Ticer is committed to. I've never felt more strongly about the potential for Virginia to lead the nation in education, job creation, the environment and clean energy," Krupicka wrote. Ticer originally was elected to the 30th District in 1995. The district covers portions of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties....

By Christy Goodman  | January 10, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  !Elections, !General Assembly, Alexandria, Christy Goodman, State Senate  
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D.C. Democrats reach across Potomac to help Connolly

The D.C. Democratic State Committee, which has largely been on the sidelines in the battle for control of Congress, sent out an "urgent" appeal late Sunday night seeking volunteers who can travel to Virginia to help U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va), our colleague Tim Craig reports over on D.C. Wire. Connolly is locked in a close race with Republican Keith Fimian in a district that includes much of Fairfax County and part of Prince William County. Until recently, few observers thought Connolly, a freshman who represents a District easily carried by President Obama in 2008, was in danger of losing his seat. Read the full post here....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 1, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  !Elections, 2010 Virginia Congressional Races  
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