As votes are tallied in precincts across the state, Virginians eagerly await the announcement of the next leaders of Virginia. For those of us who can’t wait for an official announcement, the Huffington Post has a nifty county-by-county map that is updated live. Check it out!
As the polls close all across the Commonwealth, reports from the Hampton Roads area are counting more voters than expected.
According to eye-witness accounts and number crunching from WAVY in Hampton Roads, more voters turned out for this election than the 2009 election.
Former Massachusetts governor and former Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will officially be joining and headlining Ken Cuccinelli’s private fundraising event in McLean today, September 25.
Cuccinelli is taking the opportunity to have such a well-known political figure help him win the race against Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Terry McAuliffe. “Ken is grateful to have Governor Romney’s support. He’s looking forward to sharing ideas with the governor on how to grow Virginia’s economy and implement his plan to create 58,000 jobs,” said Cuccinelli spokesman Richard Cullen in an article published by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
Romney seemed to have been endorsing Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) last year when he was running against Cuccinelli for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, because Bolling was his campaign chairman. Now that Romney is on Cuccinelli’s side, the race is going to get even more interesting.
Democratic Attorney General candidate Mark Herring released a plan to support Virginia’s veterans and service members on Monday morning.
Nearly one in 10 Virginians is a former service member, making this a big supporter base needing attention as the election nears.
Herring’s plan includes two major tennets: “providing access to resources for service members and their families during deployments” and “easing the transition back home.” Each tennet involves a handful of steps, including setting up a “one stop shop” for veteran services and increasing funding for the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund. The entire plan can be found on Herring’s website.
A Realtors PAC has come out in support of Mark Herring and Ralph Northam, the respective attorney general and lieutenant general candidates for the Democratic Party.
The PAC chose Northam over E.W. Jackson because of Northam’s bipartisan approach to solving Virginia’s issues, pro-business standpoints and support of policies strengthening Virginia’s housing market.
Mary Dykstra, President of the Virginia Association of Realtors, commends Northam’s record, stating, “Ralph Northam has a solid understanding of Realtor issues as well as those faced by property owners in Virginia.”
Herring received the endorsement for his long-standing support of a transportation compromise and focus on attracting businesses and jobs to the area.
For more, check out this piece from the Augusta Free-Press.
The Virginia Police Benevolent Association (VAPBA) announced its endorsement of Senator Mark Herring for Attorney General.
VAPBA President Joe Woloszyn said, “Mark is committed to making strong, effective law enforcement a priority in his campaign and we look forward to working with him into the future. A vote for Mark Herring is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement and the citizens we serve.”
Herring’s experience in state and local government gives him understanding of the needs of law enforcement professionals. During his tenure in the state Senate, Herring passed laws to crack down on elder abuse and outlaw synthetic drugs. Herring has also proven himself a friend to police by working with law enforcement to combat sexual and domestic violence.
Attorney General candidate Senator Mark Herring (D.) and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s Lori Haas warn against Virginia’s Republican ticket on the grounds of protecting public safety.. Herring and Haas discussed gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s (R.) and attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain’s extreme records on public safety.
“Throughout his career in the State Senate and as Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli has a long record of putting his extreme agenda and personal interest ahead of what is best for Virginians’ safety,” Herring says.
Both Cuccinelli and Obenshain have voted to allow guns on school grounds and in airports. Both men have also voted against increasing fines against drunk drivers to fund state trauma centers.
Haas says, “We need leaders who will prioritize our safety, support our public safety officials, and address the real issues that will prevent more tragedies from occurring in the future, like the diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of mental health issues.”
Delegate Joe Johnson wrote a letter to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli asking him for his opinion on The Falls commercial development in Bristol, according to TriCities.com.
Johnson wants Cuccinelli’s opinion to see if the project is constitutional and it if qualifies to receive state tax revenues.
The letter was sent July 19, but no response from the attorney general’s office has been made.
Cuccinelli’s office has neither confirmed or denied the letter stating it is protected by attorney-client privileges.
All four candidates for governor and attorney general attended the prosecutors’ convention on Friday, according to The Washington Post.
Ken Cuccinelli, Terry McAuliffe, Mark Obenshain and Mark Herring all vowed to increase prosecutors’ salaries, if elected.
They each spoke for ten minutes to the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys.
The lieutenant governor candidates were invited but declined to attend.
McAuliffe focused on the negative effects of Cuccinelli’s tax-cut proposal while Herring focused on his support for tougher gun laws. He stated that Obenshain received support from the Virginia Citizens Defense League.