And then there were two … 2nd district Democratic primary list narrows

The Daily Press
Dave Ress
April 12, 2018

It’s not enough to have the right number of signatures on a petition to be listed on a ballot in Virginia — they have to be qualified voters in the relevant district.

So when election officials reviewed the petitions that candidates for 2nd Congressional District’s Democratic primary, they found only two hopefuls — Norfolk business owner Elaine Luria and Virginia Beach teacher Karen Mallard — had actually presented the names of 1,000 voters in the Eastern Shore to Williamsburg district.

They’ll be the only two on the ballot for the Democratic primary on June 12.

Both Republican candidates, Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, and former James City County supervisor Mary Jones will be on the ballot, too.

No Democrat is seeking to challenge Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News, in the 3rd Congressional district, and so far, no Republican opponent has emerged.

In the 1st district, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland, will have no primary challenger. Three Democrats: Vangie A. Williams, John B. Suddarth and Edwin Santana Jr. are seeing their party’s nomination.

Besides Taylor, the only other incumbent Virginia member of Congress facing a primary challenge is Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-McLean. Shak Hill, who failed in his bid for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Warner in 2014, will be on the ballot in that Northern Virginia district. Six Democrats are seeking their party’s nod to challenge Comstock in a district that’s been trending Democratic.

Elsewhere, Republicans in the deep red 6th district are — with much controversy — planning a convention to pick their choice for a successor to retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County. And, in a possible sign that nothing’s certain in any election, four Democrats are on the primary ballot to challenge whoever the GOP selects.

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