What a night, and not in a good way. Looking at the election results in Virginia and the tabulations by the NY Times (yeah, I know, consider the source) Republicans in Virginia will lose control in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate.
Democrats will control the State Senate with 21 seats to Republicans 19 seats. The final results in the House of Delegates are not quite as clear but it appears Democrats will control that House by 55 to 45. (These numbers could change slightly.)
More bad news in Loudoun County where there will now be only three Republicans on the Board of Supervisors. Just 8 years ago, the entire board was Republican, all 9 seats. Now Republicans are reduced to only 3 seats, two in the west, Tony Buffington in Blue Ridge district and Caleb Kershner representing Catoctin district. Republican Matt Letourneau will continue to represent Dulles district.
Proof positive that Democrats will vote for anyone with a (D) after their name, Loudoun’s Algonkian Supervisor Suzanne Volpe lost her seat to Juli Briskman whose only claim to fame is having flipped the bird to the President’s motorcade. Yeah, she’s qualified for office.
Fairfax County will only have one Republican on their 11 member Board of Supervisors, Pat Herrity of Springfield.
A bit of good news, Nick Freitas will keep his seat in the House of Delegates 30th district. He easily won his write-in candidacy 58% to 42%.
I am so proud of the campaigns run by my friends in Loudoun county, particularly Geary Higgins (13th Senate district), John Whitbeck (Loudoun Chairman of the Board), and Mick Staton (Supervisor Ashburn district). They did everything they could have done and ran near perfect campaigns. They were defeated by another Blue Wave in NOVA, Democrats who welcome higher taxes, higher prices on road tolls, more housing construction, further deterioration of our schools, and more traffic congestion. It’s a shame because those three candidates would have done us proud in their respective offices and represented the people’s interests.