Points By Drew Pritt

A Sneak Peek At Virginia 2009
June 28, 2008, 12:15 am
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Already State Senator Creigh Deeds (D) and State Delegate Brian Moran (D) are crisscrossing the state and campaigning for Governor. For the Republicans, Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R), who narrowly defeated Deeds in 2005, has locked up his party’s nomination. The only candidate who is actively pursuing a stealth campaign is former U.S. Congressman L.F. Payne (D) who was the nominee for Lt. Governor in 1997.

In 1991, Deeds won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates from the 18th as a Democrat. He was re-elected 5 times with an average 82% of the vote, serving as a delegate for ten years. He was elected to the Virginia State Senate in a special election in 2001 after the death of Senator Emily Couric, sister of television news anchor Katie Couric. He was subsequently re-elected in 2003. He was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Virginia in 2005, eventually losing by the closest margin in Virginia history, 323 votes or about 0.017%. Deeds is a self-professed conservative Democrat, supporting gun rights, strong punishment for criminals, and the death penalty. In his bid for Attorney General, he earned the endorsement of the N.R.A. Deeds is however, strongly pro-choice, although he did profess opposition to partial birth abortions. 

Brian Moran is the younger brother of U.S. Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.). Moran was elected the Prosecutor of Alexandria in 1989. At the urging of then Alexandria businessman (and future Governor) Mark Warner, Brian Moran left the prosecutor’s office after 7 years and ran for the House of Delegates in 1995. Since being elected, Moran has served on the Transportation; Courts of Justice; and Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committees. He is a repeat winner of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year, a recipient of the prestigious Tech-10 award from the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and a ‘Friend of Business’ awardee from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Moran is also the 2006 Legislator of the Year for the Virginia Sheriffs Association.

L.F. Payne (D) is a name many fear as his reputation is so great and his ability to self-fund a campaign makes potential opponents leery. Deeds would stand to lose the most if Payne enters the race but there are many who think a Payne candidacy makes better sense. Payne was elected as a Democrat in 1989, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Dan Daniel (D) and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses. He is the former chairman of the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.  Payne retired from Congress and ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1997. He lost a very close general election contest to John H. Hager (R), failing to overcome the tide of Jim Gilmore (R)’s Gubernatorial victory over Democrat Don Beyer (D). Payne is the quinessential Virginia gentlemen who is seen as a potent force. Called “independent as hell ” by then-House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) in 1994, Payne wasn’t prone to toeing the party line. He voted against the Family Leave Act and against the 1994 Crime Bill. He objected to the gun-control provisions in the latter. He voted for the tax-raising 1993 Deficit Reduction Act saying reducing the budget deficit from $300 billion to $35 billion was “worth the risk of the vote.”

McDonnell was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1992, and has held the positions of Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee. In addition, he served on the Committees on Health, Welfare and Institutions, and the Rules Committee. During the first General Assembly session of his term, McDonnell formulated a legislative package that encompassed his philosphy of government which is conservative. Twenty out of twenty-one bills of Attorney General McDonnell’s legislative package passed the General Assembly are were passed into law.  Known as a leader on criminal justice and victims’ rights issues, as well as welfare, taxation and family policy. He was Chief Patron of then-Governor George Allen’s Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative, Chief Patron of Virginia’s historic Welfare Reform legislation, Chief Co-Patron of legislation in the 2003 General Assembly to abolish the death tax in Virginia, Chief Patron of legislation to create a transportation trust fund, and Chief Patron of legislation to rewrite Virginia’s Public Private Partnership Act. He also authored legislation and secured funding for the creation of Virginia’s first Judicial Performance Evaluation Program to assist the General Assembly in reappointing judges.


There are a host of Democrats hoping to knock off Lt. Governor Bill Bolling (R). Bolling won his first term as Lt. Governor by less than one percent over former U.S. Congresswoman Leslie Byrne (D) in 2005. This year, he was a favorite for Governor but opted to let Attorney General McDonell run. Only Bowerbank & Bolling have officially announced though Ticer’s name is been pushed more and more frequently by those in the Deeds and Payne camps and Wagner’s name is balanced as a possible equal running mate for Moran.

Patsy Ticer was first elected as Senator from the 30th Senatorial District of Virginia in 1995; she was re-elected in 1999, and again in 2003. Prior to that from 1991-1995, she served as Mayor of Alexandria, and prior to that served a decade on the City Council. During her tenure in the Senate, her committee assignments and legislation have reflected those areas of greatest concern to her. Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee has provided her with an opportunity to be involved in the many environmental issues facing Virginia. Senator Ticer has worked for legislation and policies that provide children with the best educational environment, health care, and child care standards available. She successfully sponsored legislation mandating that newborn infants are tested– not only for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), a developmental disorder that can result in the death of a newborn child, but for medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD), another birth disorder which can prove to be crippling or fatal if not caught right away. Her bill requiring hearing tests for all newborn infants has become law, and a study has been completed to determine whether health insurance companies should be required to provide hearing aids to children under the age of five as part of their health benefits, and she is working for approval of this mandate.  She served on the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, which she chaired from 1985 to 1987. She also chaired the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in 1994 and was honored to receive the prestigious Scull Award in 1996. Patsy served as a member of Virginia’s Transportation Coordinating Council and Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission as well as Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area’s Transportation Planning Board. She has recently retired as a Commissioner with the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) where she served for nine years. She was twice Chairman of the United Way Campaign, and President of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) from 1995-1996.

Jon Bowerbank is the larger than life candidate who is unknown but has the money to make his presence felt. He is the owner of an energy services company that employs approximately 220 people, mainly in southwestern Virginia. He has served as an operational manager for a Fortune 10 company in numerous states. I’m a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors. Born in the United Kingdom, his family moved to America from England when he was 11 years old. He said the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Republican party’s failures nationally motivated him to get involved in politics. He has put in $75,000 of his own money to start hiring staff, and has been traveling around the state to meet people.

Jody Wagner In 2000,  was the Democratic Party nominee in Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, but was defeated by Republican State Senator Ed Schrock. In January, 2002, she was appointed State Treasurer of Virginia. Jody M. Wagner was appointed as the Secretary of Finance by Governor Timothy M. Kaine and assumed office on January 15, 2006.  She served as President of the National Association of State Treasurers, but resigned that position to become Secretary of Finance.  While Treasurer, Ms. Wagner served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Treasury Board (Chairman), Debt Capacity Advisory Committee, Virginia College Building Authority, Virginia Public Building Authority, Virginia Public School Authority, Tobacco Settlement Financing Corporation, Virginia College Savings Plan, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Virginia Port Authority, Virginia Resources Authority, and Virginia Small Business Authority.  Prior to becoming State Treasurer for the Commonwealth, Ms. Wagner practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia for almost twenty years, primarily in the areas of securities, corporate and banking law.  She was very involved in the Hampton Roads community and served on several boards of charitable and educational organizations. 

In 1991 Bill Bolling sought his first elected political office. He was elected to the Hanover County Board of Supervisors and served as a member and Chairman of the Board until 1995. In 1995 Bill was elected to the Senate of Virginia. In one of Virginia’s most hotly contested political campaigns, Bolling defeated a twenty year Democrat incumbent and helped the Republican Party obtain parity in the Senate for the first time. During his service in the Senate, Bill Bolling emerged as one of Virginia’s most effective conservative leaders. He worked to keep taxes low and create a pro-business environment in Virginia. He also sponsored legislation to create a children’s health insurance program in Virginia, and led the fight to reduce the amount of garbage being imported to Virginia from other states.  Bolling has promoted a conservative legislative agenda that focuses on the things he believes in – keeping government small and focused on its core responsibilities, keeping taxes low for families and businesses, making certain that Virginia remains a great place to do business, and finding solutions to the challenges that face our state. He is widely recognized for the work he has done to improve the quality of health care in Virginia.  Through his Steptember program, Ending Cervical Cancer In Our Lifetime initiative, and Helping Virginians Breath Easier campaign, Lieutenant Governor Bolling has helped focused public attention on important health care issues like obesity, cervical cancer and asthma.



For Delegate Steve Shannon (D) and State Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R). Since 1970, eight of the past Attorney Generals of Virginia have sought higher office, seven for Governor, although only Gerald Bailles (D) and Jim Gillmore (R) were successful in their bids for Governor. Still Shannon & Cuccinelli are duking it out.

Steve Shannon was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November, 2003. Prior to his election, Steve served as Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Fairfax County. Steve and his wife Abby co-founded the Metropolitan Washington AMBER Alert system in 2001. The AMBER Alert issues immediately notificiation to the general public using radio, television, and highway signs when a child is abducted. To date, the AMBER Alert systems are credited with the successful recovery of more than 300 children nationwide. In recognition of their achievement for co-founding the Metropolitan Washington AMBER Plan, the Shannons received Fairfax County’s highest public service award in 2003. Steve received the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Legislator of the Year award in 2007 and was recognized by his peers as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in the December 2007 issue of Virginia Business magazine. He was also honored by the Fairfax County Police Department in 2004 and by the Fairfax Coalition of Police in 2005 for his work with the law enforcement community.

Ken Cuccinelli has been a member of the Virginia Senate since 2002.  As a State Senator, Cuccinelli has led the fight to defend constitutional rights, stop tax increases, protect life and families, and keep Virginia a low-regulation and pro-business state. In the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Legislative Sessions, Ken worked tirelessly to pass meaningful eminent domain laws. Cuccinelli has sponsored many anti-choice bills to Virginia senate which have had varying degrees of success. For example, he had introduced legislation which was defeated in committee that would charge the parents of girls under 15 who become pregnant with child neglect. In the 2007 Virginia State Senate elections, Cuccinelli faced a bitter campaign against Democrat Janet Oleszek. Initially, according to unofficial results, Cuccinelli had defeated Oleszek by 92 votes. The Fairfax Board of Elections declared Cuccinelli the winner. On November 14, Oleszek announced her intention to petition for an official recount. On December 19, the recount was conducted, which determined Cuccinelli the winner by 101 votes. Oleszek conceded to Cuccinelli that same day.


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You forgot to mention John Brownlee, former US Atty for the Western Dist. of Va? He resigned his post as US Atty to run for AG earlier this year.

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