Culpeper Government News
Last Tuesday, Dumfries became the first of the four towns within Prince William County to support a motion to move its municipal elections for mayor and town council from May to November.
State Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) said on Wednesday afternoon that he filed an exploratory committee in order to prepare for a potential run for the 10th congressional district in the wake of U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf's (R) retirement announcement on Tuesday. Black, a Loudoun County resident whose district also includes parts of western Prince William County, mentioned that state Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) of Manassas is a member of his campaign committee.
Prince William election officials have finished recounting the ballots in the race for attorney general. There were no changes to the precinct totals but absentee ballots changed slightly. After the recount, Democrat Mark Herring was awarded 12 more votes and Republican Mark Obenshain was awarded 10 more votes. These tallies are only Prince William County results. A statewide recount is still under way and should be finished this week. Before the recount began, Herring had been declared the winner by 165 votes statewide.
On Dec. 12, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball online newsletter managing editor Kyle Kondik moved the rating for U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf's (R-10th) race from "safe Republican" to "likely Republican" given Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust's (D-Dranesville) entry into the Democratic field. "Wolf remains strongly favored to win, but he’s turning 75 in January and is the frequent subject of retirement rumors," wrote Kondik. That last part turned out to be true: Wolf announced his retirement Dec. 17.
As a member of the Lynn family, New Jersey native Jerry Casagrande was impressed with how many times his namesake adorned a building in Prince William County. “Every summer we went down to Occoquan,” said Casagrande, the grandson of former School Board Member Fred Lynn. “As a little kid, I thought it was Lynn town.” Casagrande, now a science teacher who lives in Alexandria, told the Prince William County School Board on Monday evening that the school system should re-bury what could be his ancestors on the site of the proposed 12th high school.
During a special meeting of the Haymarket Town Council called to order at 7 a.m. Monday, the council voted 4-1 in favor of censuring Mayor David Leake "for his failure to cooperate" with matters related to an undisclosed personnel issue "by fully disclosing information that he is withholding from the rest of the council."
Even before U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) announced his retirement last week, Democratic challenger Sam Kubba was doubling down, loaning himself $22,000 though he has yet to post a financial report with the Federal Election Commission.
When Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) declared his candidacy for the 10th Congressional District last week, political observers immediately put stock in the second-term supervisor to be the Democrats' best challenger to the seat held by long-time U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R). Just don't tell that to Oak Hill attorney Richard Bolger (D), one of three Democratic candidates in the race to replace the retiring incumbent.
State Sens. Dick Black (R-13th) and George Barker (D-39th) do not have much in common when it comes to social views but both are making mental health reforms a top priority for the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
Ethics reforms in state government