2019 election

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The 2019 general election will be held on Tuesday November 5, 2019. All 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly (House of Delegates and State Senate) will be up for reelection. Locally will see the election of three members of Charlottesville City Council and three members of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

  • Candidate filing period opens Wednesday January 2, 2019[1]
  • Candidate filing deadline for this election is Thursday March 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.[2]
  • The primary for Democratic and Republican candidates (if held) will be on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.[3] That will also be the deadline for independent candidates to qualify for the ballot.
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Becoming a Candidate

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The board has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. (Local and Constitutional Offices Requirements for the June 11, 2019 Primary Elections and November 5, 2019 General Elections.) In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office.[4]

Albemarle County

Each Virginia county has an elected board of supervisors, which exercises legislative powers, enacting ordinances(local laws) and adopting an annual budget.

Albemarle County is divided into six magisterial (supervisor) districts.

Elections for supervisor and school board will be held in the Rivanna, Scottsville and White Hall magisterial districts. [5]

Board of Supervisors

Rivanna District

Incumbent Norman Dill has announced he will not seek a second term. [6] Jerrod Smith and Bea LaPisto Kirtley have announced they will seek the Democratic nomination for the November ballot. [7] [8]

Scottsville District

Incumbent Rick Randolph has not announced whether he will seek a second term. [6] Defense attorney Mike Hallahan has announced he will run for the Republican nomination for the seat. [9]

White Hall District

Incumbent Ann Mallek announced she will seek a fourth term on Tuesday, January 16, 2019. [6]

School Board

Rivanna District

Incumbent Jason Buyaki, who has been on the board since 2011, will not seek another term on the board. [10]

Scottsville District

Incumbent Steve Koleszar, who has been on the board since 1996, announced in January that he will not seek re-election.[11]

White Hall District

Incumbent David Oberg hasn't announced if he'll seek a second four-year term. [11]

At-Large Representative

Incumbent Jonna Alcaro hasn't made a decision on re-election.

Commonwealth's Attorney

Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci, a Republican, is planning to seek re-election to a second four-year term.

Jim Hingeley, a former public defender and University of Virginia professor, has filed to challenge Tracci as a Democrat. [12]

Sheriff

Sheriff Chip Harding, a Republican, plans to step down after 12 years in the post. [13]

Chief Deputy Chan Bryant will run for sheriff as a Democrat. [14]

Patrick Estes, a former UVA football player, is also a candidate in the race. [15]

Soil & Water Conservation District Director

Two county seats on the nonpartisan board of directors for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District are up for election.

Directors Steven Meeks and Lonnie Murray plan to seek re-election. [12]

City of Charlottesville

Each Virginia city has an elected city council, which exercises legislative powers, enacting ordinances and adopting an annual budget. Charlottesville's mayor is elected by the city council members.

General election will include: City Council (3 seats), City School Board (4 seats), Soil & Water Conservation District Director and the Clerk of Court.

City Council

There are three seats open on the Charlottesville City Council. The first terms of Councilor Wes Bellamy and Mike Signer are up, as well as the second term of Kathy Galvin. Neither Signer or Bellamy have announced whether they will seek reelection, but Galvin is seeking the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 57th House District.

The Democratic primary is on June 11, 2019. Housing activist Michael Payne announced his candidacy on January 8, 2019. Don Gathers was scheduled to announce on the same Progressives for Cville ticket, but has had to delay to health issues. It's unclear when or if he will re-enter the race. [16]

City resident and Democrat Sena Magill made her announcement on January 9, 2019. [17]

On Thursday, January 10, 2019, Lloyd Snook announces his council bid and joined "a quickly growing field of candidates for three seats on Charlottesville City Council". [18]

Brian Pinkston, a project manager at the University of Virginia, will also run as a Democrat. [19]

Bob Fenwick, who twice ran as an independent before becoming a Democrat in 2013, is also a candidate. [citation needed]

Independent candidates John Edward Hall and Paul Long are also seeking election. [19]

Campaign forums

The group Local Alliance for Urban and Rural Advancement held the first campaign forum of the season at the Haven on February 23. [20] [21] [22]

City School Board

There will also be elections for four (4) of the seven (7) seats on the Charlottesville School Board.

Board member James Bryant, who was appointed to fill a vacancy earlier this year, will run for a full, four-year term. [12] Board members Sherry Kraft and Jennifer McKeever haven't announced plans. [12]

Board member Amy Laufer will not seek a second term and resigned in January to move out of the city. [23]

Former member and chair Ned Michie will seek a return to the board on an interim basis to replace Laufer, as will Former City Councilor Kristin Szakos. It is not clear if they will seek the elected position. The School Board will make an appointment on February 21. [24]

Soil & Water Conservation District Director

Two city seats on the nonpartisan board of directors for the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District are up for election.[25]

Director Joseph Thompson will seek re-election. Director Kim Tingley will not seek re-election. [12]

Albemarle Directors Steven Meeks and Lonnie Murray plan to seek re-election. [12]

Charlottesville's Clerk of the Circuit Court

The Office of Clerk of the Circuit Court is an elected office serving an 8-year term. Incumbent Llezelle Dugger is seeking re-election. [12]

Virginia General Assembly

House of Delegates

The Virginia House of Delegates is one of two parts in the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years.

57th District

Representing the 57th District, Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County, incumbent Democrat David Toscano is serving his seventh term in the Virginia General Assembly. From November 2011 through December 2018, Toscano served as House Democratic Leader.

He was challenged in the Democratic primary by Sally Hudson, a professor at the University of Virginia. [12] However, Toscano announced his retirement from office on February 23, 2019. [26] Charlottesville City Councilor Kathy Galvin is expected to formally announce on March 14 her run for the Democratic nomination as well. [27]

58th District

Representing Greene County and parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Rockingham counties, incumbent Republican Bob Bell was elected to the chamber in 2001 and was re-elected to a new term in 2017. He is seeking re-election. [12]

Democrat Elizabeth Alcorn announced in late February that she will seek her party's nomination for the seat. [28]

25th District

Delegate Landes announced in early March that he would not seek a 13th term representing the 25th District. [29]

Soon after, three candidates came forward to contest the Republican nomination. They are businessman Chris Runion, Augusta County Supervisor and JMU professor Marshall Pattie and Albemarle County farmer Richard Fox. [18] [[Mattie

Two Democrats are seeking the nomination to run in the general election. They are Jennifer Kitchen of Augusta County and Lauren Thompson of Albemarle County. [18] [12]

State Senate

25th District

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, plans to seek re-election to the 25th District seat, which covers part of Albemarle County, all of Charlottesville, Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington, and all of Alleghany, Bath, Nelson, Highland and Rockbridge counties. He has served since 2001 and no candidates have emerged to challenge him. [12]

17th District

In the 17th District, Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, who is in his second term, will seek re-election. He is chairman of the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services committee. Rich Breeden of Spotsylvania, vice president of Kingfisher Systems Inc., has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for Reeves’ seat. [12]

Ben Hixon plans to run for the seat as a Democrat. [30]

References

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  4. Web. Local and Constitutional Offices Requirements for the June 11, 2019 Primary Elections and November 5, 2019 General Elections, Virginia Department of Elections, Revision 1/2/2019, retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. Print: LaPisto Kirtley seeking Democratic nomination for Rivanna seat, Bea Kirtley, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises January 22, 2019, Page .
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  16. Web. Gathers, Payne running for City Council, Staff reports, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 7, 2019, retrieved January 10, 2019.
  17. Web. Sena Magill, Region Ten board member, launches council campaign, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, January 9, 2019, retrieved January 10, 2019.
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  23. Web. Laufer resigns from city School Board; McKeever elected as chairwoman, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 10, 2019, retrieved January 14, 2019.
  24. Web. Michie, Szakos among interim School Board hopefuls, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, February 8, 2019, retrieved February 8, 2019.
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  27. Web. Galvin to seek Democratic nod for 57th District seat, Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 7, 2019, retrieved March 8, 2019.
  28. Web. Elizabeth Alcorn to take on Rob Bell for 58th District seat, Laura Perrot, News Article, February 18, 2019, retrieved February 28, 2019.
  29. Web. Delegate Landes Won't Seek Re-Election, Will Run for Augusta Clerk of Court, News Article, WVIR NBC29, March 6, 2019, retrieved March 6, 2019.
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