The deadline for submitting 1,000 valid (note that key word – VALID) signatures to get on the June 12, 2018 Democratic primary ballot(s) passed on Thursday, March 29 at 5 pm. So which Democrats made the ballot in each Congressional district (not counting VA-03, VA-04, VA-08 or VA-11, which all have incumbent Democratic Congressmen – Bobby Scott, Donald McEachin, Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly – who are not being primaried)?
VA-02: Only Karen Mallard and Elaine Luria made it; David Nygaard (see video below) and Garry Hubbard failed to submit the required number of valid signatures, while 2016 VA-02 Democratic nominee Shaun Brown withdrew from the Democratic primary and announced she’d be running as an independent candidate in the general election.
VA-05: Democrats here are holding caucuses and a convention, so the filing deadline mentioned above doesn’t apply. Candidates are Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, RD Huffstetler and Andrew Snearthern. Note that the first caucuses are scheduled for April 14, with the convention set for May 5. Let’s hope this goes smoothly, although I’m hearing that there are numerous issues (e.g., apparently no detailed rules set in writing for the caucuses, some jurisdictions filing late), so it should be interesting…
VA-07: Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward both made the Democratic primary ballot here, while Helen Alli – who had pledged publicly to support the Democratic nominee – did NOT submit the required number of signatures, dropped out and announced she’d be running as a “Whig” candidate. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. P.S. I guess this makes Alli the second “Whig” candidate for Congress in Virginia this year.
VA-10: See below for a statement from the VA-10 Democratic committee. Note that Shadi Ayyas failed to submit 1,000 valid signatures, but is saying on Facebook that his campaign will continue (not sure how, unless he runs as a “Whig” or independent or whatever).
We’ve submitted to the State Board of Elections the official certification of which candidates submitted the paperwork and signatures to appear on the VA10 Democratic primary ballot, and the BoE has finalized the ballot order.
These are the six Democrats who will appear on the June 12th, 2018 primary ballot – the six Democrats who will spend the next 10 weeks working to earn your support to be our nominee:
You’ve probably heard from some or all of them already, and no doubt you’ll hear from them again as the primary gets underway. Ten weeks from tonight we’ll have our nominee!