Saturday, November 1, 2014

Do You Know Who the Candidates in Your District Are? Tuesday November 4, 2014 is Election Day and Almost Every Federal Seat in Virginia is Up for Grabs.

I’ve decided to re-post the list of candidates and links to their campaign websites for those of you who are registered to vote and will be doing your part on Tuesday to make sure your voice is heard. 


First, a few Quick reminders for everyone:
  1. There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Congress) and 100 members of the U.S. Senate.
  2. November 2014 is not an election year for any of the 140 State Representative seats in Virginia, or the Governor or the Attorney General but it is a year for almost all of our Federal Representatives in Washington D.C.
  3. Virginia has a total of 11 Congressional Districts/Seats and one of them represents you! Virginia also has 2 Senate Districts/Seats in Washington D.C. and they both represent you!
  4. Do you know who what district you live in and who your current Congress Member is? You should! Look them up at the link in front of this sentence; they’ll be the last one on the page.  
  5. Members of the U.S. Congress run for re-election every two years and members of the U.S. Senate run ever 6 years.
  6. There are two Virginia Congressional Representatives who are retiring:
                 James Moran-D               the 8th District of Virginia
                 Frank Wolf-R                   the 10th District of Virginia
  1. And after the June 10th Primary Virginia Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost the GOP nominee for the 7th District . Then Cantor decided to step down completely as a member of Congress back in August instead of filling his obligation to complete his term leaving the 7th District completely without representation.

As of July 23 the finally candidates were posted here:

The remaining Virginia Congressional Representatives all running for re-election (as the incumbent) this November are:
1.       Robert Wittman-R                  the 1st District of Virginia
2.      Scott Rigell-R                           the 2nd District of Virginia
3.      Bobby Scott-D                          the 3rd District of Virginia
4.      J. Randy Forbes-R                   the 4th District of Virginia
5.      Robert Hurt-R                         the 5th District of Virginia
6.      Bob Goodlatte-R                      the 6th District of Virginia
7.       Morgan Griffith-R                   the 9th District of Virginia
8.      Gerry Connolly-D                    the 11th District of Virginia 

Of our two U.S. Senators only Mark Warner-D is running for re-election in 2014, Tim Kaine-D only became a U.S. Senator in January 2013 so he doesn’t run again until 2016. 

The non-incumbent House candidates are:

1st District :
                Norman G. "Norm" Mosher -D
                Glenda Gail Parker - Independent Green  

2nd District :
                Suzanne D. Patrick -D 

4th District :
                Elliott G. Fausz - D
                Bo C. Brown - Libertarian 

5th District :
                W. Lawrence Gaughan - D
                Paul F. Jones - Libertarian
                Kenneth J. Hildebrandt - Independent Green 

6th District :
                William M. "Will" Hammer - Libertarian
                Elaine B. Hildebrandt - Independent Green 

7th District :
                David A. Brat - R
                John K. "Jack" Trammell - D
                James A. Carr, Jr.Libertarian
The winner of this particular race (7th District) will take office in November 2014 instead of waiting until January 2015 like all the other districts because when Eric Cantor exited office in August instead of fulfilling his complete term he asked Governor McAuliffe to declare this race a “special election” because there has been no representative for months and the expectation is the Republican candidate will win and would get 2 months of experience under his belt before all new members are sworn in in January. 

8th District :
                Micah K. Edmond - R
                Donald S. BeyerD
                Jeffrey S. Carson - Libertarian
                Gerard C. "Gerry" Blais - Independent Green
                Gwendolyn J. Beck - Independent 

9th District :
                William R. Carr, Jr. - Independent 

10th District :
                Barbara J. Comstock - R -if Delegate Comstock wins this Federal Election, then her VA House seat for the 34th District will be vacant and a special election for it will be needed
                John W. Foust - D
                William B. Redpath - Libertarian
                Dianne L. Blais - Independent Green
                Brad A. Eickholt - Independent 

11th District :
                Suzanne K. Scholte - R
                Joe F. Galdo - Green
                Marc M. Harrold- Libertarian 

The non-incumbent U.S. Senate candidates are:
                Ed W. Gillespie - R
                Robert C. Sarvis- Libertarian
….and they are running against incumbent  Mark Warner-D 

Learn about the candidates in your District, incumbent or new, know what platforms they support and oppose. 

Contact your candidates, introduce yourself, ask them what they think about our current Sex Offender Registry. 

Have your family and friends who live in Virginia do the same. 

Be sure that your voice is heard on November 4, 2014, go vote! 

Mary Devoy