When Democrat Onzlee Ware of the 11th District of the Virginia House of Delegates announced his retirement it opened the door for a republican sweep of western Virginia but a democrat won in yesterday’s special election. Sam Rasoul defeated former Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson with 70-percent of the vote. The 11th District remains the only one west of Richmond represented by a democrat.
In a special election that could change control of the state senate a recount is likely.
In 2013 national Democrats took note of Terry McAulife's win in Virginia's gubernatorial race. They're hoping to use that 'Virginia model' to win nationally in the 20-14 midterms, and they're trying to make their case with one Virginia Republican in particular.
He came within roughly two points of winning the Governor’s election, but Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will soon leave public service for the first time in 11 years. While critics might disagree, he says he sought to defend state laws, fight for public safety and consumers, and push back against government overreach.
In this final part of our retrospective series, a look at some of the initiatives that Cuccinelli believes will impact the Commonwealth long after he leaves office.
Cuccinelli says voter approval of limits to eminent domain was significant.
His campaign promise was “Bob’s for Jobs.” Now, 1300 economic development deals and 173-thousand net new jobs later, Governor McDonnell says economic issues were indeed his administration’s priority. But he also tackled homelessness and restored rights to more felons than any governor in state history.
In Part 2 of our retrospective series on the outgoing statewide officials, we take a brief look at McDonnell’s four years as the Commonwealth’s chief executive.