This year Republicans have the fewest candidates running for the House of Delegates than they’ve had in years, only 81 running for 100 seats. Â The Democrats currently have 115 candidates in the running for HOD. Â Fifty-one Democrats are running against incumbent Republicans while only four Republicans are running against incumbent Democrats. Â Republican strategist Dan Scandling believes we will lose seats, but not in a tidal wave:
â€œI think they are concerned that some of their delegates may get plucked off in some areas, but I donâ€™t think there can be a big enough to be a wave election. The districts arenâ€™t drawn that way.â€
There is some thought that reaction to Trump is causing fewer Republicans to run this year and Republican delegates, like Dave Albo, deciding not to run for re-election. Â Because of Trump, Republicans are well aware this will be a tough year for them in Virginia.
Running for Albo’s seat in the 42nd district is Republican Lolita Mancheno-Smoak who is well known in Fairfax County having previously run for school board in the county. Â She is the current Chairman of the boardÂ of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Â More on her very impressive resume here.Â
In her announcement Mancheno-Smoak said:
Dear Family, Friends and Neighbors,
I have decided to file seeking the Republican Nomination for VA House of Delegates District 42. This comes at the heels of mourning my father’s passing on my birthday- first day of Spring. This journey is a new beginning in a personal life mission of trying to leave this world a little better than when I entered it. And what better way to do that then dedicate my life to serving the community that I have grown to love and has shown me love as family. After all Virginia is for Lovers… I hope to have the honor and privilege of your spiritual support throughout this journey.
With great gratitude,
In the 40th district Democrat Dante Tanner is challenging Republican incumbent Tim Hugo. Â More on that story here.