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.
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.
He served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor for eight years and as a state lawmaker for even longer—and now Bill Bolling is saying goodbye to public office. In Part 1 of our retrospective series on the statewide officeholders, Bolling discusses his preparation for life in the private sector and the legacy he leaves behind.
Bolling says he wanted to be Governor but does not regret his decision to NOT challenge Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the GOP nomination. He WILL, however, miss the people, service, and working at the State Capitol.
Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is re-appointing a third cabinet secretary who served under Governor McDonnell. McAuliffe acknowledged the contribution that Todd Haymore has made to Virginia's largest industry and asked him to stay on as Secretary of Agriculture. In addition, environmental groups are applauding his decision to name former Hampton Mayor Molly Ward as Secretary of Natural Resources.