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What Are Your Target 2011 Races?

by: kindler

Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 20:14:41 PM EDT

 Virginia state and local elections are less than one month away.  What are your top priority races, the ones that matter most to you?  

Here is a list of key races derived from a number of sources. I readily admit my NOVA-centricity here, while encouraging you to pipe up about which races you think merit the biggest investment of time and money.

VA Dems' overall top priority this election cycle has to be maintaining a Democratic VA Senate so we don't lose our last bulwark against Cuccinelli/Tea Party extremism in the Commonwealth. That said, my personal highest priority race this year is Dr. Babur Lateef's campaign to unseat one of Virginia's worst demagogues, PW County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Corey Stewart.   Stewart gained nationwide notoriety for his anti-immigrant campaign -- as very well chronicled in the 9500 Liberty videos.  Stewart made common cause with racist individuals and organizations to basically cleanse his county of Latinos and other immigrants -- with some success.

If he wins, Stewart clearly has his eyes set on higher office. This, in other words, is our best chance to halt his career before he reaches a point where he can inflict widespread damage on the state, even the country.

On to the VA Senate. With so many races going on, the challenge is in finding the right lens to focus on the ones that will make the difference between a Democratic Senate and Cuccinelli Unbound. A few of those lenses include:

- Races the Tea Party is targeting, including:

kindler :: What Are Your Target 2011 Races?
George Barker vs. Miller Baker (S-39)
Mark Herring vs. Patricia Phillips (S-33)
Ralph Northam vs. Ben Loyola (S-6)
Bert Dodson vs. Tom Garrett (S-22)
Phil Puckett vs. Adam Light (S-38)
Roscoe Reynolds vs. Bill Stanley (S-20)

- Races featuring the worst Republican "nut jobs", as Sen. Saslaw aptly put it:
Shawn Mitchell vs. BV favorite Dick Black, infamous for sending plastic fetuses around to protest abortion and for many wacky statements on gays and such.
Toddy Puller vs. BV Hall of Famer Jeff Frederick, who said Darwin's theory of evolution "was used by atheists to explain away the belief in God."
Ralph Northam vs. Ben Loyola (S-6), who "wants to abolish the U.S. Department of Education and eliminate corporate taxes and the income tax."
Phil Puckett vs. Adam Light (S-38), who has advocated ending Social Security and Medicare.
Bert Dodson vs. Tom Garrett, who's for abolishing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (S-22)
John Lamie vs. Del. Bill Carrico (S-40), who "introduced a bill permitting prayer on public property, including schools."

- Races into which Republicans are pouring a gusher of money:
John Edwards vs. David Nutter (S-21)
John Millervs. Mickey Chohany (S-1)
Edd Houck vs. Bryce Reeves (S-17)
Roscoe Reynolds vs. Bill Stanley (S-20)

On to the House of Delegates!  While few expect Dems to take this body this year, there are a number of important races. I'm most focused on NOVA here -- heck, if we can't win there, where can we win?  Target races in Fairfax County:

Very credible challenger Pamela Danner against extreme right winger and Karl Rove ally Barbara Comstock (HD-34) (I'm still mourning Comstock's beating of the great Margi Vanderhye last go-round.)
Promising Eric Clingan vs. Tea Party favorite Jim LeMunyon (HD-67).
Energetic young challenger Jack Dobbyn vs. Dave Albo (HD-42)
Newcomer Diane Blais vs. Tim Hugo (HD-40)

Plus, note the following races in newly formed, swing districts in the NOVA exurbs:

Mike Kondratick vs. David Ramadan (HD-87)
David Butler vs. Randy Minchew (HD-10)
Esteban Garces vs. L. Mark Dudenhefer (HD-2)

Surely, among all of these Democrats, and others I didn't mention, you can find one or more you can love enough to go all out for.  Please make sure to adopt your favorites this election season as your "babies" and do all you can to get them over the finish line. For these off-year, low turnout elections, literally every vote counts and every effort makes a difference.  

You can find much more info on all of these races, including fundraising totals, at the VA Public Access Project,

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"few expect Dems to take this body this year" (0.00 / 0)
Yes, actually, I'd say that number is zero, unfortunately. Instead, what I'm hearing from top Virginia Democrats is that we're likely to lose several seats, somewhere between 3 and 8, in the House of Delegates this year. I hope they're wrong, but the only way to make sure that they are is for Democrats to WAKE THE @#$@ UP, and immediately. Unfortunately, what I'm hearing is that there's more "enthusiasm" on the Republican side right now than on the Democratic side, and also a lot more $$$ for the red team. So, open your wallets, start knocking and calling, or this could be an abysmal election day.  

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Also, in the State Senate, I'm hearing that (0.00 / 0)
right now it's a "coin flip" whether or not Dems will keep control. One key race Virginia Dems need to help with is George Barker's (I hear he's neck and neck in the polls with his teahadist opponent). Also, I'd strongly recommend that people help the superb Toddy Puller against nutjob Jeff Frederick, Shawn Mitchell against foaming-at-the-mouth homophobe Dick Black, and also John Miller against Mickey Chohany, just to pick a few...

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Seconded. (0.00 / 0)
Roscoe Reynolds will also be in a serious fight in Southside. Is he 100% on every issue? Of course not. But he's the only Democrat that can hold that seat, his heart is absolutely in the right place, he works incredibly hard for the district and Bill Stanley fancies himself on the fast track to statewide office. He's facing an uphill battle in unfriendly territory.  

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Yeah, ultimately Dem enthusiasm... (0.00 / 0) up to Democrats -- not the media or anybody else. One way or another, It's our choice!

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Adrianne Bennett running for the House 21st (0.00 / 0)
This mainly Virginia Beach  district was changed this year to include more of "red" Chesapeake after Ron Vilenuava won by only 16 votes 2 years ago vs Bobby Matheson.

Bennett has been going door to door since mid-summer, working hard to give votes a real choice to a Repub who is merely a seat-holder.

Also, she has been a strong supporter of keeping the ban on Uranium mining, while all the other Virginia Beach senators/delegates are "waiting on the study".

Yeah, that race is definitely going to be a close one (4.00 / 1)
Democrats need to be helping her out on the doors, phones, etc!

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State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke -- a progressive who needs our help! (0.00 / 0)
The VA GOP have targeted one of our most stalwart progressive Democrats from Roanoke this election cycle and are smearing him badly and pouring outside money against him. If you are attending the Clinton event, please consider earmarking your donation for Senator Edwards. Or go to his website to donate.

You would be rewarding an incredible progressive champion who is in not in NOVA but who could give some of our NOVA Democratic electeds a run for their money with his voting record and stances on choice, equality, civil rights and the environment! All while he has been to creating more jobs and improving the lives and educational prospects of his local constituents!

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there a rethug running against Deeds?

Some guy named TJ Aldous, Jr (0.00 / 0)
I'm sure Creigh will cruise in that one...

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There's also a race in the 59th that (0.00 / 0)
can be won by a great Democrat Connie Brennan.  There's been much to do lately in the Altavista Journal, Appomattox Times Virginian, the Lynchburg News and Advance and the Nelson County Times about the shenanigans of the Repub Matt Fariss... a concealed weapons conviction, DUI conviction, and much much more.  If you feel like giving some dollars to help a Dem win an open seat, you can go to

Not on the radar, but extremely important in Fairfax! (0.00 / 0)
Fairfax Sheriff Stan Barry is in a campaign for re-election this year.  He is a career law enforcement officer who had 20 years of experience with the agency prior to being elected Sheriff.  In the last 12 years as Sheriff he's lead the agency to be one of the top Sheriff's Offices in the state and one that is nationally recognized.  A Sheriff in any county has a great deal of power and authority and it's important that the right person is on the job.  

Unlike other races I've volunteered on at the House/Senate and even state level it's very different and not one voters really go to the polls for specifically.  It's important to ensure that when knocking on doors, or reminding people to vote that they don't forget about this race and to vote for Sheriff Barry.  His record and accomplishments speak for themselves and his website is great place for voters to look at!  Supervisor Jeff MacKay said it best: "Fairfax County is a safer place because of Sheriff Stan Barry."


Loudon Dems have momentum (0.00 / 0)

I'm just outside of Shawn Mitchell's and Mike Kondratick's districts, but my commute isn't, so their stickers are on the car.

Word from the Mitchell and Dave Butler campaigns is that the folks they're talking to are open to alternatives to the dangerous robot candidates the GOP has to offer. These guys are hard at work knocking doors and making calls. These are winnable races, and very deserving candidates.

Thanks for the updates... (0.00 / 0)
...from and about solid Democrats across the Commonwealth.

Keep the dispatches coming -- we need diaries, folks!

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