by Ann Ridgeway, the Democratic nominee against Del. Nick Freitas (R-HD30) in 2019
The first installment in this series – Truth One – appears to be about Tina Freitas, but one must realize that she was just a mouthpiece for her husband Nick in her run against Senator Emmett Hanger. In referencing her primary campaign, she actually declared, “‘I didn’t get to go to war with you last time,’ making eye contact with Nick, ‘but I can this time.’”
Deciding to run for office takes a great deal of thought and planning. The higher the office the more planning is involved. Campaigning is extremely demanding on one’s time.
Twice, Nick Freitas has neglected to file his certification paperwork in on time to the Virginia Department of Elections. Has he misled his constituents about his commitment to the office of Delegate? Is he more concerned about the next office to run for? What does it look like to you?
- March 3, 2015 – Nick Freitas nominated as Republican candidate for House of Delegates 30th District.
- November 3, 2015 – Frietas elected to represent 30th District in the House of Delegates in an unopposed race.
- May 1, 2017 – Ben Hixon (D) nominated candidate in 30th District House of Delegates race.
- July 14, 2017 – Freitas announces 2018 agenda and states, ”I am proud to announce the key priorities of my 2018 agenda for the Virginia General Assembly.”
- November 7, 2017 – Freitas re-elected to represent the 30th District.
- December 8, 2017 – Freitas challenges Corey Stewart for the Republican nomination to run against US Senator Tim Kaine in 2018.
- June 12, 2018 – Freitas loses the primary to Corey Stewart.
- February 17, 2019 – Tina Freitas challenges Senator Emmett Hanger for his seat in the 24th District.
- April 2019 – Ann Ridgeway (D) challenges Freitas for 30th District House seat.
- June 11, 2019 – Senator Emmett Hanger defeats Tina Freitas in the GOP primary.
- June 28, 2019 – Orange County Review reports that Freitas’ name is not certified to be on the ballot on November 5. Matthew Abell, the state’s election administrator, confirms that Freitas’ certification paperwork not on file.
- July 12, 2019 Freitas ballot case deferred again by Virginia Department of Elections.
- July 18, 2019 – Freitas withdraws from the race.
- July 23, 2019 – Freitas nominated for a second time.
- August 9, 2019 – Freitas announces his write-in candidacy.
- November 5, 2019 – Freitas declares himself the winner in his House re-election bid. When asked if he would commit to serving a full term in office, Freitas replies: “Look, my job is to serve the people of the 30th District, and I’m going to continue to do that.”
- December 2, 2019 – Freitas seeks the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) in the 7th District. (Note: Madison County is not in the 7th District)
- June 12, 2020 – Freelance reporter Brandon Jarvis reports that Freitas has failed to file the correct paperwork with the Virginia Department of Elections.
- July 7, 2020 – The Virginia Department of Elections extends the deadline for candidates who missed the June 9 filing deadline.
- July 18, 2020 – Freitas is nominated to run against Spanberger.