Next year Virginia will elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor and an Attorney General. Governor McAuliffe is limited to one term so he will not be in the mix. However his Lt Governor, Ralph Northam, is running to replace him. If Hillary wins the Presidency and brings McAuliffe into her cabinet, Northam will assume the Governorship and run as an incumbent. The current Attorney General, Democrat Mark Herring, has announced he will run for re-election. The only Democrat who has announced a run for Lt Govenor is Justin Fairfax.
On the Republican side of the aisle, three candidates have announced a run for Governor, Ed Gillespie, first district Congressman Rob Wittman and Prince William County Chairman of the board of supervisors, Corey Stewart.
Three Republicans are also running for Lieutenant Governor, State Senator Jill Vogel of Fauquier county, State Senator Bryce Reeves of Spotsylvania County and Delegate Glenn Davis of Virginia Beach.
Republicans also have three candidates for Attorney General, Delegate Rob Bell who previously ran for the office, John Adams, former assistant US Attorney and White House Counsel, and Chuck Smith, a Virginia Beach attorney.
In Virginia the tradition had been in we elect Gubernatorial candidates who are the opposite party of the President. Clearly that didn’t happen with Obama and McAuliffe and I wouldn’t count on it next year either.
More on Virginia’s 2017 candidates here.
These races can wildly careen depending upon our method of nomination. Only a couple of them are equipped to win in a Primary or at a statewide mass meeting.
Wrong Jeanine! Corey and three other consrvative republicans voted together.
Also Corey won re election once again county wide in a majority minority county. Now if Fairfax was only able to do the same.
Corey is unpopular with a certain blogger friend of yours Jeanine who he won’t hire for their services.
Donna, you’ve really lost your mind. Maybe this is why Corey continues to hemorrhage conservative support in PWC. He has consistently voted to raise taxes over his entire time in office. PWC has the highest tax rate in the state under Corey’s leadership. The only people who still support Corey are moderates and the “country clubbers.”
But he wins right? Perhaps ‘conservative support’ ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. I figure about 20% is the going number — how many of these will be marble-taking home-goers?
Corey does win and he did pick the right guy at the top of the ticket — that’ll count for something.
Could someone explain why Corey Stewart is so unpopular in PWC?
Perhaps because he isn’t a conservative and because he just raised taxes AGAIN.
That would do it. Thank you Jeanine.
It depends on who you are talking to. Those that thought they had a chance to beat him in a primary and soon found out they would be crushed in a poll taken, certainly don’t like him.
Corey is extremely popular where it counts with the voters of PWC not with a few who are legends in their own mind in PWC.
What is funny those republicans who attempted to undermine Corey re-election had their asses handed to them and those who they supported lost the Nov election.
I can appreciate your point about various points of view. I asked because I’m not familiar with PWC and the comments from the linked story are mostly horrible.
I am sure he has his fans, but running statewide is much different than PWC and running Trump in VA. But I’m grateful for the info.
Check the record. Corey hasn’t met a tax increase that he doesn’t support.
Not the most inspiring of lists is it.
Some are good. I like Jill Vogel and Rob Bell.
Mentioning AG candidate John Adams without mentioning that he is in a leadership position at giant law/lobbying firm MaGuire Woods? And that he and his firm were involved with defending Jonnie Williams against Gov McDonnell? And now involved with wealthy Chinese businessman tied to our shady Gov McAulliffe? Nice try!
Thank you for adding those details.
What is wrong with McGuire Woods? There is the law firm, and then there is the consulting arm. Which one is so bad?
As for Jonnie Williams, are you saying he should not have had a lawyer? I’m sure you know our system well enough to know that everyone deserves representation, right?
Good thing Maguire or Woods isn’t running for AG. I’m very impressed with Mr. Adams as well — the party wins with either, but Rob Bell has the political savvy necessary this time around.
Rocinante, I realize you may not care that John D. Adams is owned by big banks, corporations and lobbyists, but shouldn’t the public know about John Adams being a hermaphrodite?
“Owned by big banks, corporations, and lobbyists???”– was that on some Occupy-GOP flyer? You have met the guy right? Heard him speak? Talked with him at Republican events? Read his stuff?
ATENTION! Anyone running from Virginia Beach is worthless. They participated and had no problem “slating” 1000 people out of their vote and now want to ask for those very same people to vote for them It’s never gonna happen!
Yeah, I think it’s folks like those and the SCC that ruin slating for the rest of us.