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2017 Virginia Democratic House Candidates by District [5/10/17 UPDATES]


The following lists Virginia’s 100 House of Delegates districts, the percentage that Mark Warner won in 2014 against Ed Gillespie just to give an idea of the district’s partisan “lean” the geographic makeup of the district; and who the Democratic candidate(s) is/are. I’m going to try to keep this updated as I hear of new candidates getting in, but please let me know if I missed anything. Thanks!

P.S. I’ve added yellow background color to the 17 districts won by Clinton that are currently held by a Republican. Those should be the top priorities, in roughly descending order of Clinton percentage, IMHO.

HD-1 (31% Mark Warner district; Lee, Scott, Wise Counties and Norton City): No Democrats currently running against Del. Terry Kilgore (R).
HD-2 (52% Mark Warner district; Prince William, Stafford Counties): Josh King (D), Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) running for this open seat
HD-3 (30% Mark Warner district; Tazewell, Buchanan, Bland, Russell Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Will Morefield (R).
HD-4 (35% Mark Warner district; Washington, Russell, Dickenson, Wise Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Todd Pillion (R).
HD-5 (33% Mark Warner district; Washington, Grayson, Smyth Counties and Bristol, Galax Cities): No Democrats currently running against Del.
HD-6 (34% Mark Warner district; Carroll, Wythe, Smyth Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Jeff Campbell (R).
HD-7 (40% Mark Warner district; Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd Counties): Democrat Flo Ketner currently running against Del. Nick Rush (R).
HD-8 (39% Mark Warner district; Roanoke, Montgomery, Craig Counties and Salem City): Steve McBride (D) and Bryan Keele are running to take on Del. Greg Habeeb (R).
HD-9 (36% Mark Warner district; Franklin, Patrick, Henry Counties): Democrat Stephanie Cook running against Del. Charles Poindexter (R)
HD-10 (45% Mark Warner district; Loudoun, Frederick, Clarke Counties): Democrat Wendy Gooditis running against Del. Randy Minchew (R).
HD-11 (63% Mark Warner district; Roanoke City): Del. Sam Rasoul (D)
HD-12 (52% Mark Warner district; Montgomery, Giles, Pulaski Counties and Radford City): Chris Hurst (D) and Andrew Schultz (D)  (note: Schultz has withdrawn) running against Del. Joseph Yost (R)
HD-13 (47% Mark Warner district; Prince William County and Manassas Park City): Steven Jansen (D), Mansimran Kahlon (D), Danica Roem (D), Andrew Adams (D) running against Del. Bob Marshall (R)
HD-14 (48% Mark Warner district; Pittsylvania, Henry Counties and Danville City): No Democrats currently running against Del. Danny Marshall (R).
HD-15 (29% Mark Warner district; Shenandoah, Page, Warren, Rockingham Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Todd Gilbert (R).
HD-16 (43% Mark Warner district; Pittsylvania, Henry Counties and Martinsville City): No Democrats currently running against Del. Les Adams (R).
HD-17 (39% Mark Warner district; Roanoke, Botetourt Counties and Roanoke City): Democrat Djuna Osborne running against Del. Christopher Head (R).
HD-18 (35% Mark Warner district; Fauquier, Warren, Culpeper, Rappahannock Districts): Democrat Tristan Shields is running against Del. Michael Webert (R).
HD-19 (36% Mark Warner district; Botetourt, Bedford, Alleghany Counties; Covington City): Democrat Reagan Flaherty (Flaherty dropped out) running against Del. Terry Austin (R).
HD-20 (39% Mark Warner district; Augusta, Nelson, Highland Counties and Staunton, Wayensboro Cities): Democrat Michele Edwards currently running against Del. Rickie Bell (R).
HD-21 (50% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Cities): Thomas Brock (D), Kelly Fowler (D) running against Del. Ron Villanueva (R).
HD-22 (34% Mark Warner district; Bedford, Campbell, Franklin Counties and Lynchburg City): No Democrats currently running against Del. Kathy Byron (R).
HD-23 (34% Mark Warner district; Bedford and Amherst Counties; plus Lynchburg City): Democrat Natalie Short running against Del. Scott Garrett (R).
HD-24 (38% Mark Warner district; Rockbridge, Amherst, Augusta, Bath Counties and Lexington, Buena Vista Cities): No Democrats currently running against Del. Ben Cline (R).
HD-25 (37% Mark Warner district; Augusta, Albemarle, Rockingham Counties): Democrat Angela Lynn running against Del. Steve Landes (R).
HD-26 (38% Mark Warner district; Rockingham County, Harrisonburg City): Democrats Cathy Copeland and Brent Finnegan won the Democratic nomination on 4/28 to take on Del. Tony Wilt (R).
HD-27 (44% Mark Warner district; Chesterfield County): Democrat Larry Barnett running against Del. Roxann Robinson (R).
HD-28 (44% Mark Warner district; Stafford County, Fredericksburg City): Del. Bill Howell (R) has announced his retirement. So far, VPAP lists Democrats Joshua Cole and Karen Hyland as running against Stafford Supervisor Paul Milde (R).
HD-29 (35% Mark Warner district; Frederick and Warren Counties, Winchester City):  Democrat Casey Turben is running against Del. Chris Collins (R).
HD-30 (36% Mark Warner district; Orange, Culpeper, Madison Counties): Democrat Ben Hixon and Annette Hyde are running for won the nomination to take on against Del. Nick Freitas.
HD-31 (48% Mark Warner district; Prince William, Fauquier Counties): Elizabeth Guzman (D), Sara Townsend (D), Jatia Wrighten (D) (withdrew) running against Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R)
HD-32 (50% Mark Warner district; Loudoun County): David Reid running against Del. Tag Greason (R).
HD-33 (39% Mark Warner district; Loudoun, Frederick Clarke Counties): Democrats Tia Walbridge and Mavis Taintor are running to take on Del. Dave LaRock (R).
HD-34 (51% Mark Warner district; Fairfax, Loudoun Counties): Del. Kathleen Murphy (D)
HD-35 (59% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Mark Keam (D)
HD-36 (64% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Ken Plum (D)
HD-37 (56% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County, Fairfax City): Del. David Bulova (D)
HD-38 (63% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Kaye Kory (D)
HD-39 (59% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Vivian Watts (D)
HD-40 (43% Mark Warner district, Fairfax and Prince Wiliam Counties): Democrat Donte Tanner running against Del. Tim Hugo (R).
HD-41 (55% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D)
HD-42 (50% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Democrat Kathy Tran and Nelfred “Tilly” Blanding are running to take on Del. Dave Albo (R).
HD-43 (63% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Mark Sickles (D)
HD-44 (61% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County): Del. Paul Krizek (D)
HD-45 (69% Mark Warner district; Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County): Del. Mark Levine (D), Karen Graf (dropped out of race on 3/5) (D)
HD-46 (71% Mark Warner district; Alexandria City): Del. Charniele Herring (D)
HD-47 (71% Mark Warner district; Arlington County): Del. Patrick Hope (D)
HD-48 (65% Mark Warner district; Fairfax and Arlington Counties): Del. Rip Sullivan (D)
HD-49 (73% Mark Warner district; Arlington County, Alexandria City): Del. Alfonso Lopez (D)
HD-50 (47% Mark Warner district; Prince William County, Manassas City): Lee Carter (D) running against Del. Jackson Miller (R).
HD-51 (45% Mark Warner district; Prince William County): Ken Boddye (D) and Hala Ayala (D) are running to take on Del. Rich Anderson (R)
HD-52 (64% Mark Warner district; Prince William County): Del. Luke Torian (D)
HD-53 (66% Mark Warner district; Fairfax County, Falls Church City): Del. Marcus Simon (D)
HD-54 (41% Mark Warner district; Spotsylvania, Caroline Counties): Democrat Al Durante currently running against Del. Bobby Orrock (R).
HD-55 (39% Mark Warner district; Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania Counties): Democrat Morgan Goodman running against Del. Buddy Fowler (R).
HD-56 (37% Mark Warner district; Louisa, Henrico, Goochland, Spotsylvania Counties): Democrats Lizzie Drucker-Basch and Melissa Dart are running in this open seat, with the resignation of Del. Peter Farrell (R).
HD-57 (70% Mark Warner district; Charlottesville City, Albemarle County): Del. David Toscano (D) is being challenged by Democrat Ross Mittiga.
HD-58 (39% Mark Warner district; Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Rockingham Counties): Kellen Squire (D) running against Del. Rob Bell (R).
HD-59 (38% Mark Warner district; Campbell, Appomattox, Buckingham, Albemarle, Nelson Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Matt Farris (R).
HD-60 (46% Mark Warner district; Halifax, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Campbell Counties): Democrat Jamaal Johnston running against Del. James Edmunds (R).
HD-61 (42% Mark Warner district; Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Tommy Wright (R).
HD-62 (45% Mark Warner district; Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George County, Hopewell City): Sheila Bynum-Coleman and Tavorise Marks are running to take on Del. Riley Ingram (R).
HD-63 (69% Mark Warner district; Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Prince George Counties, Petersburg and Hopewell Cities): Del. Lashrecse Aird (D) vs. challenger Gerry Rawlinson (D).
HD-64 (41% Mark Warner district; Isle of Wight, Prince George, Surry, Southampton, Sussex Counties, Suffolk and Franklin Cities): Democrats John Wandling, Jerry Cantrell and Rebecca Colaw are running to take on Del. Rick Morris (R).
HD-65 (34% Mark Warner district; Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland, Fluvanna Counties): No Democrats currently running against Del. Lee Ware (R).
HD-66 (36% Mark Warner district; Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights City): Democrat Katie Ann Sponsler running against Del. Kirk Cox (R).
HD-67 (52% Mark Warner district; Fairfax and Loudoun Counties): Karrie Delaney (D), Hannah Risheq (D) and John W. Carey running against Del. Jim LeMunyon (R).
HD-68 (46% Mark Warner district; Chesterfield and Henrico Counties; Richmond City): Democrats Dawn Adams, Mary Jo Sheeley and Ben Pearson-Nelson are running to take on Del. Manoli Loupassi (R).
HD-69 (83% Mark Warner district; Richmond City, Chesterfield County): Del. Betsy Carr (D)
HD-70 (78% Mark Warner district; Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, Richmond City): Del. Delores McQuinn (D) is being challenged by Democrat Alex Mejias.
HD-71 (84% Mark Warner district; Richmond City and Henrico County): Del. Jeff Bourne (D).
HD-72 (45% Mark Warner district; Henrico County): Schuyler VanValkenburg (D) running against Del. Jimmie Massie (R) (Massie has announced he is retiring).
HD-73 (46% Mark Warner district; Henrico County): Chelsea Savage (D), Sarah Smith (D), Bill Coleman (D) and Debra Rodman (D) won the nomination (on 4/29/17) to take on Del. John O’Bannon (R).
HD-74 (74% Mark Warner district; Henrico and Charles City County, Richmond City): Del. Lamont Bagby (D)
HD-75 (60% Mark Warner district; Brunswick, Southampton, Greensville, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Lunenburg, Isle of Wight, Surry Counties, Emporia and Franklin Cities): Del. Roslyn Tyler (D)
HD-76 (46% Mark Warner district; Suffolk and Chesapeake Cities): No Democrats currently running against Del. Chris Jones (R).
HD-77 (76% Mark Warner district): Del. Cliff Hayes (D)
HD-78 (38% Mark Warner district; Chesapeake City): No Democrats currently running against Del. Jay Leftwich (R).
HD-79 (61% Mark Warner district; Portsmouth and Norfolk Cities): Del. Steve Heretick (D)
HD-80 (74% Mark Warner district; Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk Cities): Del. Matthew James (D)
HD-81 (40% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Cities): Democrats Nancy Carothers and Kimberly Anne Tucker are running against Del. Barry Knight (R).
HD-82 (41% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach City): Democrats Alvina Torres and Leigh Anne Bowling running against Del. Jason Miyares (R).
HD-83 (44% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach and Norfolk Cities):  Democrats David Rose-Carmack and Justin Morgan running against Del. Chris Stolle (R)
HD-84 (46% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach City): Democrats Rebecca Edlow and Veronica Coleman running against Del. Glenn Davis.
HD-85 (47% Mark Warner district; Virginia Beach City): Cheryl Turpin (D) running against Del. Rocky Holcomb (R).
HD-86 (58% Mark Warner district; Fairfax and Loudoun Counties): Del. Jennifer Boysko (D)
HD-87 (52% Mark Warner district; Loudoun and Prince William Counties): Del. John Bell (D)
HD-88 (38% Mark Warner district; Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fauquier Counties, Fredericksburg City): Steve Aycock (D) running against Del. Mark Cole (R).
HD-89 (78% Mark Warner district; Norfolk City): Democrats Joe Dillard and Jay Jones are running for this seat, as Del. Daun Hester (D) is not seeking reelection.
HD-90 (76% Mark Warner district; Norfolk and Virginia Beach Cities): Del. Joe Lindsey (D)
HD-91 (43% Mark Warner district; Hampton and Poquoson Cities, York County): Michael Wade (D) running against Del. Gordon Helsel (R).
HD-92 (78% Mark Warner district; Hampton City): Del. Jeion Ward (D) is being challenged by Democrat Mic Harris.
HD-93 (55% Mark Warner district; Newport News and Williamsburg Cities, James City and York Counties): Del. Mike Mullen (D).
HD-94 (50% Mark Warner district; Newport News City): Democrat Zack Wittkamp running against Del. David Yancey (R).
HD-95 (74% Mark Warner district; Newport News and Hampton Cities): Del. Cia Price (D)
HD-96 (41% Mark Warner district; James City and York Counties): Kelly DeLucia running against Del. Brenda Pogge (R).
HD-97 (30% Mark Warner district; Hanover, New Kent and King William Counties): No Democrat is currently listed as running against Del. Chris Peace (R), although there is a self-described “progressive independent,” Cori Johnson, in the race.
HD-98 (38% Mark Warner district; Gloucester, Middlesex, Essex, Matthews, King and Queen, King William Counties): Democrat Dr. Elizabeth “Ella” Webster running against Del. Keith Hodges (R).
HD-99 (41% Mark Warner district; King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond and Caroline Counties): Democrat Francis Edwards and Vivian Messner are running to take on Del. Margaret Ransone (R)
HD-100 (49% Mark Warner district; Accomack and Northamton Counties, Norfolk City): Democrat Willie Randall is running against Del. Rob Bloxom (R).

  • Elaine Owens

    Unfortunately, Andrew Schultz, 25, running for the Democratic nomination in HD-12, is a rather weak candidate. He was arrested while a student at Radford University for trying to drive his impounded auto off the impound lot without paying a fine or towing charge. He was convicted of a misdemeanor and got a fine and six months probation. Yost is not a conservative crazy and is good at constituent service. I wish another Democrat with better credentials would come forward to challenge Yost. The district might be winnable with the right candidate.

    • A_Siegel

      W/current environment, should be attractive for serious people to come forward.

      Wondering, how many districts are likely to have competitive D primaries?

      PS: I am a real believer in strong value of ‘100 District’ — having a decent voice in every district, to speak to D values even if the question is ‘do they win 30% or 35% of vote?’

      • Elaine Owens

        Candidates who wish to run in the June 13, 2017, primary must declare by March 30. That’s a tight calendar window for finding candidates. It’s possible to pick from two or more candidates in an election district using a convention, but that’s really tough for house districts, which usually combine several counties/cities or portions of counties/cities. All the local party committees would have to agree to a joint convention, far easier to do in congressional campaigns because congressional district party committees already exist.

        I’m like you in that I wish I could see a Democratic candidate in all 100 districts, but it’s well nigh impossible to find candidates willing to put in all the time and effort to lose with 30 or 35% of the vote…unless they are just getting their name out there for other future campaigns.

        • Right, but if there’s no primary, then Dems can recruit candidates into June, so there’s a lot more time than the March 30 deadline would indicate.

          • Mark

            What happens if there is no primary, but then more than one candidate wants to run? Who gets to decide?

          • If there is more than one candidate who wants to run, and none of them are incumbents, my understanding is the party would select a method of nomination – primary, caucus, etc. – and voters would vote for the nominee.

      • That 30-35% still helps prevent them from siphoning off cash from their campaigns into more competitive races, which is why there’s several PACs working on getting as many running as possible. Yost will have to spend on his campaign instead of dumping money out into the House 50 race.

    • disqus_yJb6ycEy0r

      Chris Hurst is getting into the race. See above

  • According to an email from Trent Armitage of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus: “As of today, we have 43 Democratic challengers, including in ALL 17 of the districts Hillary Clinton won that are currently held by Republicans.” Cool!

    • Eric the half a troll

      So who is running in HD-10?

      • Don’t have the name yet, will add to my list as soon as I do…

        • LaureenMT

          Yes, please add information as you get it!

          • Yes, I absolutely will do so, as soon as I get confirmed/accurate info…

  • Hey, guys, what’s going on in this thread?

    There are more folks out there and interested. And lots of good folks, too. But you want to build for future elections, need to work on the farm team, for sure.

  • Elaine Owens

    http://wsls.com/2017/02/10/chris-hurst-running-for-seat-in-virginias-house-of-delegates/?cid=WSLS_10 Chris Hurst, formerly the co-anchor of WDBJ News in Roanoke, has announced that he will be running in HD 12 against Del. Yost. He’s a strong candidate, well-known, and the fiancé of slain WDBJ reporter, Alison Parker, who was killed on-air in Aug. 2015.

    • Added to my list. Thanks.

  • TheVirginia

    This is great information.

  • Mark

    Thanks for this great list! I am going through now and trying to follow them all on Facebook. For HD2, you might want to change “Jennifer Carroll” to “Jennifer Carroll Foy”, because that is how her campaign page on Facebook is listed.

  • Mark

    In reviewing the list, I was surprised to see at least two incumbent Democrats facing primary challenges (Mark Levine in HD 45 & Charniele Herring in HD 46). Is there some specific complaints with their service, am I missing something, or is this surprising to others as well?

    • I’ve heard mixed reports on Charles Sumpter, that he is/is not going to run against Charniele Herring. So we’ll see about that one. As for Karen Graf, she has argued that what’s needed in Richmond is not a “firebrand” or “grenade throw[er],” which is what she implies Mark Levine has been, but someone more collaborative or whatever…

  • Michael Chorost

    This is super helpful. Thank you for putting this together. Here in DC we are looking closely at districts 2, 13, 31, 32, 42, 50, and 51 because they’re all tippable and close to DC.

  • Dems now have two candidates vying to run against Del. Jim LeMunyon in HD-67 – Karrie Delaney and John Carey (see statement below):

    Statement from John W. Carey of Centreville, VA, on seeking the Democratic nomination for the 67th District in the Virginia House of Delegates:

    We all love a good underdog story—well, I’ve got one for you.

    With a combination of excitement and sense of purpose, I am announcing that I am seeking the Democratic nomination for the 67th District of the Virginia House of Delegates.

    The journey from St. Michael’s Convent in Bangalore, India, to our home in Centreville, VA, shows me that, despite political and cultural disagreements, we all share common values that are reflected in our families, friends, and neighbors.

    My roots in the Democratic Party run deep. My grandparents were the first Catholics and Democrats in their town. My father was Jesuit educated, joined the Peace Corps thanks to President John F. Kennedy, and adopted my brother and me. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for JFK and the Peace Corps. Public service matters. My father devoted his life to helping the poor until the day he died. These are the people that taught me about standing up for those less fortunate and making a difference in the world.

    President Donald Trump was elected in a time of disillusionment with institutions and government. Now, the challenge falls to us—the next generation of leaders—to make the case for good and fair government. While the Republican Congress and President Trump are busy banning immigrants and refugees, undermining our public schools with an unqualified Secretary of Education, and disregarding inconvenient truths about the size of the opposition, we must be proactive with a message that’s honest, clear, and direct and work together for a stronger Virginia.

    As I gather signatures, people often ask me, “Why are you running?”. I tell them I’m running to represent the 67th District for three reasons:

    First, as I said in my announcement, the challenge falls to us—the next generation of leaders—to make the case for good and fair government.

    Second, as Virginia grows more diverse, we must resist fear-mongering from President Trump about our diversity and embrace it as a strength.

    And finally, I believe voters in our district deserve a choice.

    What is good and fair government? It’s a government that listens to all its citizens and to each side of an argument. The recent introduction of Senate Bill 1055, an anti-protest bill, lacked empathy for opponents. Empathy is missing in our government, and it has become deaf to the real issues affecting the everyday working people, who face spiraling debt from open-ended lines of credit and skyrocketing day care costs stretching family budgets. There’s clearly a need for lawmakers to have a good faith discussion about regulations and not leave bills to die in committee, like HB 103, which would have capped interest rates on consumer loans, or HB 7, which would have extended paid sick leave benefits to employees working at least 18 hours a week.

    In terms of diversity, my global experiences position me well to reach out to diverse audiences. I grew up in four different countries and went to international schools among people from many different cultures and traditions. I credit these experiences for developing me into a well-rounded human being who can work to find ground with my opponents on any issues without compromising core beliefs.

    Again, I also believe the voters in the 67th District deserve a choice. In 2015, Jim LeMunyon ran unopposed – that’s no choice. Without meaningful choices, we can’t own our future and grow. Four years ago, I made a meaningful choice of my own. After 12 years in national, state, and local politics, I became the primary caretaker of our children, Emma and Jack, while my wife Tara worked full-time at Neustar based in Northern Virginia. The first couple of years, I was one of the few guys at the grocery store with my kids in the morning or at the park, but I soon saw many more fathers making the same choice I did. I still followed the news and considered becoming involved with local issues, but it was hard to find the time after chasing kids all day. But now, after this national election and with my youngest entering school this fall, it is time for me to choose a new path.

    I realize now that the time away from politics was the best thing that ever happened to me. I got the opportunity to remember what life was like outside of the political bubble and gain more empathy for those who vote differently on the issues than I do. And now, I’m ready to re-enter the arena and offer the people of the 67th District a new choice. There is hard work ahead of us as we build our party, and the upcoming primary will be an important indicator of our support base leading into the first year of the Trump Administration. This District deserves Democratic representation in Richmond again. I’ve been a Democrat my whole life and voted in every primary – we must stand up for our beliefs. Life is about choices, and I have no regrets and will not apologize for them because I am here now with you, ready to serve the people of the 67th District and to offer an alternative to Jim LeMunyon.