Here are just a few campaign coverage highlights.
Democrats are having increasing success in once-conservative Prince William County — most recently on Nov. 6, when voters went heavily for incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) over Republican Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Board of County Supervisors, as part of a local Democratic sweep.
“I think voters are ready for a new generation of leadership to step up and take the reins. I’m a war veteran with more than a decade of law enforcement experience, but at 38, I will bring new energy and new ideas to the table that will make our community a safer and more inclusive place.”
King said he believed he was successful … in Tuesday’s primary race because of his focus on better training for sheriff’s deputies, especially when dealing with adults and children with special needs.
“Many of our retiring officers talk about the way things used to be, but I want to talk about the way things should be. Fifty years from now, my wife Candi and I don’t want our three children to be talking about the same issues Dr. King was talking about fifty years ago.”
One of the Virginia jurisdictions I’m going to be watching closely in this “off/odd”-year election is Prince William County, which has turned solidly “blue” in presidential, federal and gubernatorial years, but lags badly at the local level. The question is, will anti-Trump backlash boost Democrats to victory in local races this year, in key competitive counties, without a gubernatorial or presidential or U.S. Senate race at the top of the ballot?