A crowd gathered Wednesday evening in Edinburg for a rare event: the chance to see their choices for the General Assembly who will be on the ballot in November come together for a public forum.
The most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Virginia Department of Elections show that local candidates have raised nearly $1.5 million in their quests for a seat in the General Assembly in this November’s election. This year, all four House of Delegates districts and both state Senate districts that cover Rockingham County and Harrisonburg are contested, and the races are generating record sums of cash.
It’s late on a Saturday morning, the unofficial last weekend of summer, and the heat and humidity are already on the rise. While November may seem a long way off, political candidates are well aware that there are now less than 10 weeks until Election Day. And so, Brent Finnegan and Kellen Squire are putting “leather to pavement” in a residential neighborhood just off of Reservoir Street in Harrisonburg.
Now that the primary vote totals are in, the healing can begin — at least if things turn out the way 26th House District Democratic nominee Brent Finnegan and other local Democratic activists hope.
One rematch has given way to another in the 26th House of Delegates District, as Brent Finnegan handily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary over Cathy Copeland for a second time and will challenge Republican Del. Tony Wilt in the Nov. 5 general election just as he did in 2017.
At Democratic forum, candidates largely in agreement on the issues – and critiques of Republican policies
At last night’s forum, Cathy Copeland and Brent Finnegan, running for the Democratic nomination in the 26th House of Delegates District disagreed little on topics like education, the environment, the economy, abortion, and gun control. And they spent lots of time criticizing Del. Tony Wilt, the Republican incumbent one of them will face in the general election.
On Thursday afternoon, a fifth candidate formally announced his candidacy for the 25th District House of Delegates seat, vacated after surprise announcement from Del. Steve Landes (R-Verona) that he will not seek re-election in November. Marshall Pattie, an associate professor of management at James Madison University and member of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors, made his announcement at First Witness Security in Mount Sidney.
The Democratic committees from Harrisonburg and Rockingham county have decided to hold a state-run primary to nominate the party’s candidate for Virginia’s 26th House district. It’s a change – supported by both candidates – from 2017, when the nominee was selected in a firehouse primary