Saturday, October 31, 2009

NOV. 3: STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

NOV. 3: STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

New Jersey and Virginia are holding their statewide elections next Tuesday (the only 2 states to do so in 2009)! Here's what's in store for New Jersey and Virginia voters this November 3rd.

New Jersey At stake in New Jersey's statewide election- besides the governor and state legislature seats- is a ballot question on the "Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009." A guide for voters is available.

Virginia- Virginia voters will choose their new governor next Tuesday, as well as their state delegates. Virginians can easily find their polling places by entering addresses on the Board of Elections site. They can also follow the Virginia State Board of Elections on Twitter - the BOE posts deadlines, links and instructions for registering, voting, and sending in absentee ballots.

Virginia Statewide Elections
General Elections will be held November 3, 2009.
The three most powerful elected officials are governor, lt. governor and attorney general.


The Latin motto, "Sic semper tyrannis," at the bottom of the state seal means, "Thus Always to Tyrants." This quote is attributed to Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar in Rome. The woman is virtue and represents Virginia. The prostrate man represents tyranny; note the fallen crown to the right. The Tyrant is holding both a chain and a scourge.

Gubernatorial candidates:

Creigh Deeds (D)

Bob McDonnell (R)

Lieutenant Gov. candidates:

Bill Bolling (R)

Jody Wagner (D)

Attorney General candidates:

Ken Cuccinelli (R)

Steve Shannon (D)


Office Governor

Party in Power Democratic (Kaine)

Assumed Control January 12, 2002 (Warner)

Next Election November 3, 2009

Office Lieutenant Governor

Party in Power Republican (Bolling)

Assumed Control January 14, 2006 (Bolling)

Next Election November 3, 2009

Office Attorney General

Party in Power Republican (Mims)

Assumed Control January, 1994 (Gilmore)

Next Election November 3, 2009


Virginia is one of only five states that elects its state officials in odd numbered years (The others are Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Jersey). Virginia holds elections for these offices every 4 years in the years following Presidential election years. Thus, the last year when Virginia elected a Governor was 2005; the next gubernatorial election will occur in 2009, with future gubernatorial elections to take place in 2013, 2017, 2021, etc. Since 1977, Virginia has elected a Governor of the opposite political party compared to the current President of the United States of the time.

The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Lieutenant Governor is elected every four years along with the Governor and Attorney General. The governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately and thus may be of different political parties. The lieutenant governor serves as the President of the Senate of Virginia and is first in the line of succession to the governor; in the event the governor dies, resigns, or otherwise leaves office, the lieutenant governor becomes governor. Unlike the governor the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia can run for reelection.

Bicameral legislature:

Virginia House of Delegates (2 year terms) (100 delegates)

and State Senate (4 year terms) (40 senators)

DELEGATES FROM Northern Virginia

34 Margaret Vanderhye 2007

35 Steve Shannon 2003

36 Kenneth R. Plum 1981

37 David Bulova


Fairfax


38 Bob Hull Democratic

39 Vivian E. Watts Democratic

40 Tim Hugo Republican

41 Dave Marsden Democratic

42 Dave Albo Republican

43 Mark D. Sickles Minority Caucus Secretary Democratic


Fairfax (part)

44 Kristen J. Amundson Minority Caucus Vice Chair for Operations

45 David L. Englin Arlington (part), Fairfax (part)

46 Charniele Herring Fairfax (part) Alexandria (part)

47 Al Eisenberg

48 Bob Brink Arlington (part)

49 Adam Ebbin Arlington (part), Fairfax (part) Alexandria (part)

50 Jackson H. Miller Republican

Manassas, Manassas Park


51 Paul F. Nichols Democratic

52 Jeff Frederick Republican Prince William (part)

53 Jim Scott Democratic Fairfax (part) Falls Church

86 Tom Rust (Republican) Fairfax (part), Loudoun (part)

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