To the polls Tuesday: Democratic primary recap

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Want to see your sample ballot for the Democratic primary? Visit www.charlottesville.org and go to the Voter Registration and Elections page. Want to see your sample ballot for the Democratic primary? Visit www.charlottesville.org and go to the Voter Registration and Elections page.

The Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 11, and besides the statewide contests for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General (in which Albemarle residents will cast votes, too), Charlottesville voters will select Democratic candidates for three upcoming races in November: Commonwealth’s Attorney, Commissioner of the Revenue, and Charlottesville City Council.

Dave Chapman, who has served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for 20 years, is challenged by Steve Deaton—a reverse-recap of the 1993 primary, when Chapman successfully ran against then-incumbent Deaton. Check out this Daily Progress story for details on the candidates’ positions, including the death penalty and marijuana offenses.

Democrats Todd Divers and Jonathan Stevens are seeking the Democratic nomination in the race for Commissioner of the Revenue, a seat set to be left vacant by retiring Commissioner Lee Richards.

There are five potential candidates vying for the chance to run for one of two seats on the City Council: Vice Mayor and incumbent candidate Kristin Szakos; an Albemarle High School computer science teacher Wes Bellamy and founder of youth empowerment group Helping Young People Evolve; Bob Fenwick, a local builder who made unsuccessful runs for City Council as an independent in 2009 and 2011; UVA graduate student Adam Lees; and Buford Middle School math teacher Melvin Grady.

The two top vote-getters will face off against Republicans Michael A. Farruggio and Charles “Buddy” Weber in the general election in November.

Unlike previous years’ Democratic primaries, this one is being decided by regular precinct voting. That’s opened up the field a bit, Charlottesville Democratic Party Co-chair Jim Nix told C-VILLE earlier this year.  “When it’s a primary run by the party, we have some control over who runs,” he said. “In a primary like this, we have absolutely no control. All they have to do is get the 125 signatures and the other paperwork in.”

The polls are open from 6am-7pm. Check the Charlottesville Voter Registration and Elections website for precinct and polling place information.

  • Stratton

    Its voting time tomorrow, Tuesday June 11. Jonathan Stevens, running for Commissioner of the Revenue, is the Karl Rove of the sellout wing of Charlottesville’s Democratic party. I hear he has raised $30,000 for his campaign.

    No one has worked harder in the background to monetize Charlottesville politics; a great thing for those with lots of money, who use some of it to take control of public money (and water and parks), to make them much more money.

    The unspoken deal the local sprawl lobby type mentioned above have made in the past with the Democrats-for-hire wing boils down to this:

    “Give us what we want, and we will support you in the primary and not be serious about running Republicans against you”

    And that’s how Galvin, Huja, and Kristen Szakos (who is running for City Council again now) got elected, and they have delivered. They gave it our all. Particularly Charlottesville’s water and central Park. And they weren’t shy about bending the truth to make it happen.

    Bob Fenwick on the other hand, has a huge amount of integrity and common sense. He would make a great City Counselor, worthy of sitting alongside Dede Smith and the most excellent Dave Norris. Charlottesville will be a better place if you vote for Bob Fenwick. People I trust say they are also impressed with Wes Bellamy and Tod Divers, so perhaps they are two more reasons to vote tomorrow Tuesday, June 11.

  • JM

    I can tell you from personal knowledge that Stevens has raised nowhere near $30,000 for his campaign. Where do you get your facts? He has a ton of support from small donors.

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