Democratic Primary on tap Tuesday

Democratic Primary on tap Tuesday

Tuesday is Primary Day in Virginia as Democrats select their statewide ticket for November, and a candidate is chosen in the 7th District House of Delegates race.

Early voting has been going on since April 23 and continues through this Saturday. The Pulaski County Voter Registration Office will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the last day of in-person early voting.

A ballot drop box for absentee ballots is available at the Registrar’s Office during normal office hours and drop boxes will be available at all precincts and the Registrar’s Office on election day.

All polling locations will be open in the county on Tuesday and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You must bring an ID to vote.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is favored to win the big prize on Tuesday, the gubernatorial nomination. He is opposed by Del. Lee Carter, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and State Senator Jennifer McClellan.

Seven Democratic candidates are running for the nomination for Lieutenant Governor. They are Del. Hala Ayala, Del. Sam Rasoul, Norfolk Council Member Andria McClellan, Del. Elizabeth Guzman, Fairfax County NAACP President Sean Perryman, Del. Mark Levine and NFL agent and lobbying-firm partner Xavier JaMar Warren.

For Attorney General, Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is challenging incumbent Mark Herring. Jones has been endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam.

In the 7th District, Derek Kitts and Tara Orlando are running for the nomination to oppose Republican Marie March in November.

March was selected by 7th District Republicans in a “fire house primary” on April 24.

Republican statewide candidates were selected by the party in May during an unassembled statewide party convention.

Republican gubernatorial nominee is Glenn Youngkin, while Winsome Sears, a former member of the Virginia House is the GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Jason Miyares is the nominee for Attorney General.

While Tuesday is a Democratic Party Primary, it is open to all registered voters in Virginia.

By MIKE WILLIAMS, The Patriot