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Graphics: In 2019, Nearly 60% of Local Virginia Elections Went Uncontested

Fewer people running for Commissioner of the Revenue, Treasurer, Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, etc., particularly in "smaller or shrinking areas" of Virginia

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Interesting graphics from VPAP, showing that, “Unlike competitive legislative elections this fall, most county elections across Virginia, such as school board and county supervisor, went uncontested.” Any theories as to why this might be the case?

  • “The trend in competitive local elections continues to fall. For nearly six in 10 local elections this November, voters could choose from only a single candidate.”

  • “The eight-year trend has been less competitive in races for local and constitutional offices.”

  • “The downward trend is partly driven by open seats, which occur when an incumbent office holder decides not to seek re-election. These wide-open opportunities are far less likely to attract more than one candidate.”

  • “The decrease in competition shows a regional divide. Larger and faster growing regions, like Northern Virginia, became more competitive in recent years, unlike smaller or shrinking areas throughout the state.”