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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Do You Know Who the Congressional Candidates in Your District Are for the November 8th 2016 Election?


First, a few quick reminders for everyone: 

There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Congress) and 100 members of the U.S. Senate. 

November 2016 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. 

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! 

Do you know who your Congress Member is? (Look them up; they’ll be the last one on the page).   

Members of U.S. Congress run for re-election every two years and members of the U.S. Senate run every 6 years. 

OK……. 

                There are two Virginia Congressional Representatives who are retiring at the end of 2016:  
1.       Robert Hurt-              R                            the 5th District of Virginia
2.      Scott Rigell-                R                             the 2nd District of Virginia 

And after the June 14th Primary Virginia Congressman J. Randy Forbes-R the 4th District of Virginia lost the GOP nominee so his 4th District seat will be filled by a new Representative. 

The remaining Virginia Congressional Representatives all running for re-election this November and they are: 

3.      Donald Beyer -          D                             the  8th District of Virginia
4.      Dave Brat -                R                              the 7th District of Virginia
5.      Barbara Comstock-  R                              the 10th District of Virginia
6.      Gerry Connolly-        D                             the 11th District of Virginia
7.       Bob Goodlatte-         R                              the 6th District of Virginia
8.      Morgan Griffith-       R                             the 9th District of Virginia
9.      Bobby Scott-              D                             the 3rd District of Virginia
10.   Robert Wittman-     R                            the 1st District of Virginia                       

Neither of Virginia’s U.S. Senators is up for reelection in 2016. Senator Tim Kaine-D doesn’t run again until 2018 and Senator Mark Warner-D doesn’t run again until 2020. 

The Virginia Board of Elections recently posted the candidates for the November 8th elections. 

The non-incumbent House candidates are:


1st District :        
Ø       M. D. "Matt" Rowe-                         D
Ø       Glenda Gail Parker-                         I 

Ø       Shaun D. Brown-                              D
Ø       Current Virginia Delegate Scott W. Taylor- R 

* Note: If current VA Delegate Scott Taylor wins the November Federal Election for Congress then his State House seat for the 85th District VA House (City of Virginia Beach (part)) will become vacant and a Special Election to fill the will need to be scheduled for January or February 2017. 

3rd District:    
Ø       M. L. "Marty" Williams-                 R
 
Ø       Current Virginia Senator A. Donald McEachin- D
Ø       Michael L. "Mike" Wade-              R 

* Note: If current VA Senator Donald McEachin wins the November Federal Election for Congress then his State Senate seat for the 9th District VA Senate (Charles City County (All), Henrico County (Part), Richmond City (Part), Hanover County (Part)) will become vacant and a Special Election to fill the will need to be scheduled for January or February 2017. 

5th District :             
Ø       Jane D. Dittmar-                              D
Ø       Current Virginia Senator Tom A. Garrett, Jr. - R 

* Note: If current VA Senator Tom Garrett wins the November Federal Election for Congress then his State Senate seat for the 22nd District VA Senate (Amherst County (All), Appomattox County (All), Buckingham County (All), Cumberland County (All), Fluvanna County (All), Goochland County (All), Prince Edward County (All), Louisa County (Part), Lynchburg City (Part)) will become vacant and a Special Election to fill the will need to be scheduled for January or February 2017. 

6th District :             
Ø       Kai E. Degner                                 D 

Ø       Eileen M. Bedell-                             D 

Ø       Charles A. Hernick-                         R
Ø       Julio Gracia-                             I          (no website found as of July 13, 2016) 

Ø       Derek W. Kitts                               D
Ø       Janice Allen Boyd-                           I             (no website found as of July 13, 2016) 

Ø       LuAnn L. Bennett-                          D 

Ø       No one has registered 

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

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

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

Yes, November 8th is also the Presidential Election, but the person elected to represent your District in Congress is actually more important than who the President is.

Be sure that your voice is heard on November 8, 2016, go vote! 

Mary Devoy