Monday, March 20, 2023

There’s a primary election Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know

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Voters will head to the polls Tuesday across Virginia to pick challengers for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

In the Williamsburg area, voters will pick the Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, as well as candidates for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. All registered voters must present a valid photo ID before casting their ballots. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

U.S. Senate

There are three Republicans — Corey Stewart, Nick Freitas and E.W. Jackson  running for the chance to challenge Kaine in November’s general election.

Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was the vice chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia and is a staunch supporter of the president’s “America first” agenda.

Freitas represents Culpeper in the Virginia House of Delegates. A former Green Beret, he is employed as a defense contractor.

Jackson, a Chesapeake minister, was the Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor in 2013, ultimately losing to current Gov. Ralph Northam.

1st Congressional District

This district stretches from Hampton to Prince William County and includes parts of James City County.

Three candidates — Vangie Williams, Edwin Santana and John Suddarth — are seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican.

Williams, a lifelong resident of King George County, is a strategic planner for a government contractor. 

Santana is a former Marine officer who now works as a logistics consultant. He lives in Stafford County.

John Suddarth owns Linden Tree Capital, a private equity firm. He is a West Point graduate and Army veteran. He lives in Hanover County.

A six-term incumbent, Wittman was first elected to Congress in 2007. He was re-elected two years ago with 60 percent of the vote.

2nd Congressional District

The 2nd Congressional District stretches from Virginia Beach to the Eastern Shore and includes Williamsburg, York County and parts of James City County.

Voters in the district will pick both Republican and Democratic candidates.

On the Republican side, Mary Jones is challenging incumbent Scott Taylor, who is in his first term as a representative.

Jones, a former chairwoman of the James City County Board of Supervisors, has said Taylor hasn’t sufficiently supported the president’s agenda. Taylor, of Virginia Beach, is a former Navy SEAL sniper who was wounded in Iraq.

The Democratic primary features candidates Elaine Luria and Karen Powers Mallard.

Luria is a retired Navy officer and small-business owner who runs the Mermaid Factory, which produces miniatures of Norfolk’s signature icon. Mallard has been a teacher and reading specialist for 30 years.

Where to vote

Don’t know which congressional district you are in? You can find your voter registration information by visiting the Virginia Department of Elections.

There are five voting districts encompassing 19 precincts in James City County.  A full list of polling places can be found on the James City County website.  

There are two precincts in Williamsburg. Voters in the 1st Precinct can cast their ballots at the Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St. Those in the 2nd Precinct can vote at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road.

York County has 13 voting precincts. A full list of precincts and polling places can be found on the York County website.

Registrars’ numbers

If you need assistance or have questions about Tuesday’s election, you can reach local registrars’ offices at the following numbers:

James City County: 757-259-4949

Williamsburg: 757-220-6157

York County: 757- 890-3440

Tuesday’s forecast

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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