Chesterfield voters to pick replacement for Nixon
Tuesday is election day in Chesterfield County. Voters in the 27th district in the House of Delegates will choose between two candidates to replace former Delegate Sam Nixon. Nixon resigned his post after he was appointed the head of the Virginia Information Technologies Association.
Conventional wisdom would dictate that the Republicans should hold this seat without much trouble. That means Dr. Roxanne Robinson, a local optometrist is the favorite going into her race against Chesterfield Planning Commissioner and Democratic Party Chairman, Bill Brown.
While it would certainly be a surprise if Robinson were to lose, her victory is not a forgone conclusion. There are certainly more Republicans than Democrats in the 27th district, but up until 2009, the region was trending blue. Voters there chose Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008, but voted overwhelmingly for Bob McDonnell in 2009.
Robinson won the nomination over a crowded field of Republicans, while Brown ended up with the nod after statewide Democrats made a strong push for Dale District Supervisor Jim Holland and former Deputy County Administrator Pete Stith to run, but both declined. Brown has received little to no support from the Democratic party after earning the nomination.
Robinson has raised a significant amount of cash compared to Brown. She has raised a little more than $100,000 and has spent a little more than half. Brown has raised just under $7,000 and has spent most of it.
The Chesterfield Observer has covered this race particularly well including some interesting stories about Robinson not showing up for a debate and admitting to the Times-Dispatch that she didn’t know very much about two important statewide issues, transportation and the budget (The TD editorial board has endorsed the Republican).
We’ll have coverage of the election Tuesday on NBC12 and Decision Virginia.