The final numbers are in from this weekend’s 6th District Convention, and it was a major victory for TBE writer and 6th District Vice Chairman John Massoud. Congratulations Chairman Massoud! John’s team won 10 of the 11 races on the ballot and flipped the results in numerous Units which Jennifer Brown won in 2018. Among these were:
Amherst County – which went 2-1 for Brown in 2018, went 3-1 for Team Massoud in 2020
Botetourt County – which went for Brown in 2018, voted by a 3-2 ratio for Team Massoud in 2020
Page County, which was a near tie in 2018, went 26-4 for Team Massoud in 2020
Roanoke City – which went overwhelmingly for Brown in 2018, went by a 3-1 ratio for Team Massoud in 2020
Roanoke County – the home of former Congressman Bob Goodlatte (who endorsed Brown in the week prior to the convention) went 70-30 for Brown in 2018 – went nearly 2-1 for Team Massoud in 2020.
Rockingham, which went 70-30 for Jennifer Brown in 2018, was a virtual tie in 2020.
Shenandoah County, which went 71-41 in 2018 for Jennifer Brown, went more than 2.5 – 1 for Team Massoud.
On the ballot Saturday was the Chairman’s race, races for 3 regional Vice Chairs, State Central, and National Delegate/Presidential Elector.
The final weighted numbers for Chair, Vice Chairs, and State Central are below:
6th District Chair
John Massoud: 792.37
Jennifer Brown: 570.63
Northern Region Vice Chair
Randy Gilbert: 268.87
Dan Cullers: 163.13
Central Region Vice Chair
Dwight Williams: 268.36
Curt Lilly 231.64
Southern Region Vice Chair
Steve Richards 275.41
Tori Mabry 155.59
State Central (Top 3 win)
Steven Doc Troxel 277.61
Dean Welty 249.45
Steve Kurtz 249.05
Brian Triplett 201.01
Kaylene Siegel 195.90
Jeff Rowe 190.00
Anne Taetzsch Fitzerald
1. Veronica Shikoski
2. Stephen Kurtz
5. Nancy Dye
6. Janice Lowry
It looks like the vitriol which the 6th Congressional District has become famous for is actually starting to end. Both sides are seeming to mend fences. The incoming Chair issued a statement on social media late Saturday evening, congratulating each winner, and saying that sore winners would not be tolerated. Jennifer Brown was gracious in defeat, congratulating John Massoud both publicly on social media and in person at the convention. Brown has promised to stay active and involved.
Massoud for his part, was equally gracious, and issued the following statement:
Could real change be coming to the 6th Congressional District, which has been so dysfunctional for much of the past 10 years? No one knows quite yet, but so far things are off to a good start.