If You’re a Virginia Democrat, Who Should You Vote For Tomorrow?

If You’re a Virginia Democrat, Who Should You Vote For Tomorrow?


The following list isn’t comprehensive, but here are a few of my picks for tomorrow’s Democratic primaries. Whatever you do, make sure you excercise your precious right as an American citizen to vote! Also, keep in mind that your vote matters a LOT more, relatively speaking, in primaries, and that in most of these cases, the winner of the primary will also win the general election, so tomorrow is actually a much more important election day than in November in many cases.

House District 44 (Mt. Vernon): Paul Krizek. A great guy who will be a superb, progressive delegate replacing Scott Surovell, who is running for State Senate. See Blue Virginia 44th HoD Democratic Candidate Interviews: Paul Krizek for more.

House District 45 (parts of Alexandria and south Arlington): Craig Fifer. See My Pick in the 45th House of Delegates District: Craig Fifer for my thinking on this one.

House District 63 (Parts of Petersburg City, Dinwiddie County, Chesterfield County, Prince George County, Hopewell City): Lashrecse Aird, who I’ve heard great things about from people I respect, and also from people who know Aird and the 63rd district.

House District 74 (Parts of Henrico County, Charles City County, Richmond City): Not excited about any of these candidates, but most definitely NOT  Rev. Leonidas B. “Lee” Young, who is “the personal pastor and close friend of Morrissey, who supports Young’s bid to succeed him.”

House District 79 (Parts of Portsmouth City, Norfolk City): Steve Heretick. A no brainer over the godawful, Tea Party-supported “Democrat” Johnny Joannou.

Senate District 10 (Parts of Chesterfield County, Richmond City and Powhatan County): Emily Francis. See My Pick in the 10th State Senate District: Emily Francis for more on why you should vote for her tomorrow.

Senate District 16 (Parts of Richmond City, Chesterfield County, Petersburg City, Hopewell City, Prince George County, Dinwiddie County): Rosalyn Dance. An easy choice over this guy.

Senate District 29 (Parts of Prince William County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City): Atif Qarni. Click here for some video of Atif and others supporting him.

Arlington County Board: Peter Fallon. See my endorsement of Peter Fallon here (for my second choice, I’m leaning towards Andrew Schneider, but also like Katie Cristol and Christian Dorsey).

Alexandria Mayor: Got me – none of the above?

Mason District (Fairfax County) Supervisor: I haven’t heard a compelling case for booting incumbent Penny Gross out of office.

Mt. Vernon District (Fairfax County) Supervisor: Undecided, but if it really is coming down to either Dan “Anti-Vaxxer Dude” Storck or Tim “Dominion Dude” Sargeant, I’d probably hold my nose very tight and vote for Storck. Ugh.

Potomac Supervisor: Don’t know enough to pick between Andrea Bailey and Derrick Wood for this one.

  • JimWebster

    Go with Katie, Lowell. (This from a 77-year-old who thinks we need young enthusiasm.)

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

    What a strange email to send the day before an election. All I can say is, next year I will most certainly be supporting a strong primary opponent to Garvey.


    Tomorrow, June 9th, is a very important Democratic primary for the Arlington County Board. The two top vote-getters will very likely be joining me on the County Board in January. Turnout will be extremely low, maybe under 10% of registered voters. For those of you living in Arlington who have not yet voted, please vote at your usual polling place between 6am and 7pm. There is no pledge to sign, and there won’t be any lines.

    Many people have asked me who I am supporting. I have not endorsed anyone because there are some who have tried to make me an issue in the election. That is a needless distraction from the real issue: who will best serve Arlington as a member of the County Board? I’m happy to share my thoughts about this question with you.

    The County Board is a team. A good team is made up of intelligent, hardworking people who bring different strengths to the table and work together to see that the Board’s collective strengths are maximized and its weaknesses minimized. A sense of humor, a willingness to put aside personal ego for the good of the team and the County, and an ability to listen well are all crucial for every member of that team. For this reason, I would never want someone who would tend to just do what I, or anyone else, tells them to do. That weakens the team.

    It is very hard to know much about a person from some speeches and literature. I know some of the candidates well, some just a little bit, some hardly at all. I will be voting, of course. Whatever you think, please vote. This election will help determine the tone and direction of the County. Likely it will be won by a handful of votes. Make yours one of them.



  • campaignman

    Mark has the support of women across the 45th District.  NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC, the Commonwealth’s leading political action arm of the pro-choice movement announced recently that Mark Levine is a 100% pro-choice candidate!

    As a long-time advocate for stopping the scourge of domestic and sexual violence against women, protecting a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions and a committed supporter of paid medical family leave and equal pay for equal work, Mark Levine will be a trusted representative in Richmond.

    Women for Levine speak up!

    “Mark came into our home while he was canvassing and spent over an hour talking to me and my husband about many progressive issues, all which were pitch perfect for me.  He is passionate, realistic, and respectful, and I think his experience working on legislation over his entire political life is extremely important to who we send to Richmond.  His skills can open doors so we can deal with minimum pay increase, environmental issues, transportation issues and equity for all of us in Virginia.”  —Susan Davis, Chair, Women for Levine

    “I grilled Mark on education issues when I met him at a house party.  He was great.  Mark Levine believes that every child deserves the best education possible.  As a public school teacher, I know the amount of time and learning opportunities that school-age children lose because teachers are mandated to prepare them for multiple standardized tests every year. Mark will work to reform the SOL’s, if elected.  That’s why Mark has my support.”  —Gail Perry

    “I have a long and abiding interest in the well-being of Alexandria and all Virginians. I have been a proud member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee Resolutions Committee for many years. I believe we need real progressive change in Richmond and candidate Mark Levine is the best person to elect to the 45th District to help bring about that change.

    Not only does he support non-partisan redistricting of electoral districts, he is the only candidate to pledge not to take money from anyone with business before the state. He has also pledged to fight the NRA for common sense guns laws! I urge all my friends and everyone in the 45th to vote for Mark Levine on Tuesday, June 9.” —Anne Haynes (widow of murder victim Ron Kirby)

    Mark is the only candidate in the race who has drafted and secured the passage of legislation at the local, state and federal level.   His first law, written in the 1990’s, was a state law to protect victims of domestic violence that passed unanimously. In 2009, he crafted DC’s marriage-equality law and defended it in court.

    As Legislative Counsel for Congressman Barney Frank on Capitol Hill, he learned how to negotiate with Republicans to get the best and most progressive result: sometimes that requires loud advocacy; more often it requires careful diplomacy.

    For more than a decade, Mark has hosted a nationally-syndicated radio show and appeared on hundreds of national television programs defending progressive causes.  Mark’s talked with far more people than any other candidate and knows the needs of the people of the 45th.

    That’s why Mark’s top priority in Richmond is improving the lives of struggling Virginia families.  If elected, Mark will travel the state to explain to an under-informed populace that there is a business and financial case for Medicaid expansion and paid family medical leave, as well as a small government case for letting local jurisdictions raise their own minimum wage.  

    Tuesday, June 9 is the Democratic primary for State Delegate.  Polls are open from 6 am – 7 pm.  See the most updated list of Women for Levine at http://www.markfordelegate.com.

  • aww1020

    You should vote for Gecker if we want to win in November.