By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: June 8, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
Upcoming primary also serves as deadline to qualify for Nov. 2019 General Election
DINWIDDIE – While the month of June normally invokes images of high school graduations, vacations, and warm summer nights, this June will features a staple of the fall season as voters and local registrars gear up for next week’s primary elections and the deadline for candidates to qualify for the upcoming November Election.
On June 11, voters across the Commonwealth will head to the polls to take part in Republican and Democratic primary elections as seats in both the House of Delegates and State Senate are up for election during the Nov. 5 election later this year. These primaries will determine who will represent their party in races across the Commonwealth’s districts come this fall.
For those living in Dinwiddie County, which primary voters will be able to cast a ballot in will be determined by which district they live in.
Redistricting has transformed the 63rd House District, currently represented by Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D). Prior to the new district’s re-draw, Aird represented portions of Prince George County, mainly through much of Fort Lee, along Courthouse Road and much of the Courthouse District. Now, based on the new maps, the 63rd District’s eastern border now ends at the Petersburg-Prince George line along Courthouse Road near Walton Elementary School.
With that reduction, all of Dinwiddie County, Petersburg, and portions of southwestern Chesterfield have been added to the district, removing Prince George from the district’s footprint.
Both Republican and Democratic primaries in the district were canceled and Aird will run unopposed in the 63rd District during the November 2019 election. Aird has served has the district’s representative since 2016 after winning a 2015 primary before going unchallenged in that year’s election.
On the State Senate side, longtime senator Frank Ruff faces a challenge in the 15th Senate District from fellow Republican Dale Sturdifen,, with a listed address of Clarksville. Unlike what was seen in the House, senate districts have not been redrawn since 2011, according to state records. The 15th Senate District makes up much Prince George County, including Carson, Disputanta, Newville and Burrowsville, along with the vast majority of Dinwiddie County, down to the Virginia-North Carolina border, including Keysville, Kenbridge, Chase City, among others.
Ruff has served as the district’s representative since 2000, according to election records.
As of this report, no Democratic candidates have filed to run for office in the district.
In the 16th Senate District, while no Republican candidates have filed to run, a Democratic primary is scheduled for June 11 as currently representative Rosalyn Dance faces a challenge from former lawmaker and attorney Joe Morrissey. Dance, who is most known across Southside Virginia for her time as a council member and mayor in Petersburg in the 1990s, has served as State Senator since 2014 after having served in the House of Delegates for several years.
Morrissey has served previously as a state delegate, representing the 74th House District from January of 2008 until March of 2015, during which time he resigned after a conviction relating to his relationship with a teenager before winning a special election in January of 2015 to regain his seat, a seat he would resign from again in March of that year ahead of a planned state senate run against democrat Dance. He would run as an independent candidate before ending his campaign later that year in September, citing health concerns.
Prior to this year’s Senate primary, Morrissey also ran for mayor of Richmond but was unsuccessful in his bid, losing to Lavar Stoney while earning nearly a quarter of the vote in 2016’s election.
The 16th Senate District is made up of much of Dinwiddie’s northeastern side, including Sutherland and West Petersburg, along with majority of Hopewell, and Petersburg, along with portions of Prince George County, including ares west of Route 156, Wildwood Farms, New Bohemia, the Courthouse Road corridor, Fort Lee, and points north of Temple Avenue.
In addition, the district reaches as far north as Downtown Richmond, down along the I-95 area, and the eastern reaches of Chesterfield near its border with Hopewell.
While the upcoming primary will serve to solidify the General Assembly candidates for the November general election, June 11 is also the last day for candidates to declare and be certified as candidates for the election in the fall, which is of note for local offices as many localities’ governing boards and constitutional officers are up for election.
In Dinwiddie County, all of the county’s elected offices are up for election this year, including the board of supervisors, school board, and the county’s constitutional officers.
In an interview, Registrar Linda Brandon confirmed last week a number of candidates have qualified for election ahead of the June 11 deadline. Regarding the board of supervisors, current District 3 Supervisor and Chairman William Chavis and District 5 Supervisor Brenda Ebron-Bonner have qualified for the November election, with no challengers having qualified for any of the five seats that will be on the November ballot.
Longtime supervisor Harrison Moody of District 1, District 2’s Dr. Mark Moore, and current vice-chair Daniel Lee of District 4 confirmed last week they are in the process of finalizing their paperwork to be qualified for the upcoming election.
In regards to the school board, incumbent and District 4 member Mary Benjamin has qualified for the November election, along with Betty Haney in District 2, who is running this fall as her husband William Haney steps aside from the school board.
Last week, contact was made with incumbents Barbara Pittman, Teresa Stump, and Sherilyn Merritt to determine their plans for the upcoming school board election, with Pittman and Merritt confirming their plans to seek re-election to the Third and Fifth District, respectively.
Stump said she does not intend to seek reelection this November.
Sheriff D.T. Adams will face a challenger during the November election as local records shows both Adams and Darryl Hayes have qualified for the fall general election ballot.
As of this report, current Commissioner of Revenue Lori Stevens, Treasurer Jennifer Perkins, and Commonwealth Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill have all qualified for November’s election and do not face any challenges.
According to state election officials, the complete list of candidates for local and state offices will be available after June 24 on their website, http://elections.virginia.gov.
For those casting ballots in the upcoming primary, the deadline to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, June 8. For questions regarding the primary elections, the state’s election website and the Dinwiddie Registrar’s office can offer valuable resources and information, including voting locations, and other details.
In regards to the November election, where local offices are on the ballot, the deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 15. The last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 29. The deadline to vote in person via absentee ballot is Saturday, November 2.