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That’s right, Tuesday, November 7, 2023, is a big election in Virginia. Neither Governor nor national seats are up, but the all-important state legislature is a toss-up in both houses. Democrats hold a slight majority in the upper house, and Republicans hold a slight majority in the lower house.
For example, before we made such great gains in 2021, Democrats were able to kill private transfers of firearms by requiring an on-the-spot background check. For a private transfer! Might as well register yourself in the database right there, and stand in line to have your guns tooken. I had looked this up in 2020, but had not realized until several weeks ago that in 2021, Democrats changed the law to what it is now.
Here’s a look at the offices up for most locales in VA:
- Senate of Virginia (40) (4-year term)
- House of Delegates (100) (2-year term)
- Soil and Water Directors (4-year term)
8-year term: (The next eight years!)
- Clerk of Court
- Commonwealth’s Attorney
- Commissioner of Revenue
- County Board (Arlington County ONLY)
- Boards of Supervisors (95 counties)
- School Boards (91 counties)
City Council (3 cities)
City School Board (3 cities)
Town Council (15 Towns)
City or Town Mayor
- Town Recorder (Clerk)
I know people get tired of “everything is on the line” pep rallies, but it’s nearly always true. Virginia is trending badly, but we had a remarkable respite in the election of Governor Youngkin (and others) and the liberation of the lower house in 2021. Now we have an opportunity to reclaim the upper house, which will transform Governor Youngkin’s term from defense to offense.
I won’t belabor the point, as we’re beyond the time when analysis is useful. Just get out and vote straight R. Higher-level offices are marked D or R right on the ballot, but this is not true of all offices. Do some local research to find out who smells right on the school boards and such. Those are not “partisan” offices, but people are people, and every office matters.
Large victories do not come from outer space, but instead are built on the backs of small victories. The important statewide elections of next year can hinge on local elections of this year, and so forth.
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